|Sea service is a measure of a mariner's experience on boats. It can be
counted from age 16 and accumulates over your lifetime. This
experience is measured in 8-hour calendar days. Any day that you are
on a boat, had a position of responsibility (not a passenger), and were
away from the dock for more than four hours counts as one day of
experience. One month is 30 days, and one year is 12 months or 360
shoreward of the COLREGS demarcation line. This is a line drawn
between the ends of the jetties at the entrance to rivers and harbors
(it is clearly shown on the chart). Experience gained on ocean waters
seaward of the COLREGS demarcation line is considered near coastal
or ocean experience.
the crew is contracted to work 12-hour days the mariner may be
credited for 1.5 days of experience for each 12-hour day worked.
Documenting Your Sea Service Experience
For your sea service to count towards a license you must be able to
document it. Use the small vessel sea service form 719S provided by
the Coast Guard to document your experience. Complete one form for
each boat you are claiming experience on. Read the form carefully
and complete it exactly as instructed.
Some Notes on Sea Service Experience
Sea service is a measurement of your lifetime experience on boats, it
is never used up when you apply for a license and it never expires.
Always keep copies of all sea service records, you may want to use
the sea service again for an upgrade. The Coast Guard has stated
holding an MMC endorsement is not evidence of qualifying sea
MMC National Officer Endorsement 90 days of the required sea
service experience must have been within the past 3-years; the
remainder can be from anytime over your entire lifetime, you just have
to be able to document it.
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