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American wanting to know all the essentials needed to work on board...
Kia91
Posted: Sunday, November 9, 2014 6:12 AM
Joined: 09/11/2014
Posts: 2


Hi Yall, 

I am a 23 year old American currently living in Auckland, NZ. I am considering a job in this industry but am completely clueless and confused as to what visas, qualifications and basically everything that is needed for this career. 

i would like to work in the Meditteranean and around the carribbean and parts of the South Pacifuc as a Stew or Deckhand and am considering taking my courses in AUS but I don't know the best school and need help finding that. Also, I read that Australia doesn't recignize an MCA certificate. Are there restrictions for Americans and what courses should I be looking for. 

Also what visas or Medicals would be good to have. 

Anything would help. I just need to know what qualifications and if anything else is necessary to start. 


Kia91
Posted: Sunday, November 9, 2014 6:14 AM
Joined: 09/11/2014
Posts: 2


I apologize for the misspellings my phone is not the best for typing.
Derrick Hill
Posted: Friday, November 14, 2014 8:24 PM
Joined: 24/09/2014
Posts: 4


All you need to do is look for anyone offering the STCW-95 basic training course.  Then, you will need a medical equivalency.  The MCA medical is called an ENG1, but any STCW compliant medical clearance will do.  Don't worry too much about the MCA license.  Pay more attention to making sure any country license has an STCW equivalent rating, meaning the country license is recognized by the IMO (International Maritime Organization).  Past that, forget all your preferences, pay, location, time off, everything.  Instead, grab some rags, and approach any vessels in your area and offer to help out.  Respond directly to adverts. and make sure to include any other skills that could be helpful onboard a vessel. (i.e. EMT, nursing, divemaster, x-military, nanny, etc.)