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Posted by Chuck Tribolet on February 22, 2006 at 18:49:54:

In Reply to: Sundiver Open Boat posted by Kyaa on February 22, 2006 at 14:44:27:

I know how hard it is.

For those who have never realy looked into it:

You need 360 sea days. A sea day is 4 hours underway. Now, that's
easier in SoCal, but in Monterey the dive sites are closer and
we rarely have that much time underway. I've got 500 days on the
water in Monterey, and TWO count as sea days. Plus three or four
Farallones runs and a day on SF Bay (maybe) and a few waterski
days on lakes. I'll be dead before I have enough sea days and I'm
out there every weekend.

And some of the test questions are REALLY obscure. My favorite
is the one about tactile markers on the anchor line (before
lights, they used yarn, and leather thongs, and some other stuff
to mark how much anchor line you had out. You could tell by
feel in the dark). Those questions are still on the test. Note:
MOST of the test is really good stuff that a captain should know.
but there's enough off the wall stuff that you DON'T run into
in your real world to make it hard.


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