Re: Coast Guard 6 pak prep program


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Posted by Capt.Mike McKenzie on 2014-02-20 22:09:43 in reply to Coast Guard 6 pak prep program posted by JC Smith on 2014-02-20 18:14:18

Two ways to do it.. Take a course at an approved Maritime school which costs $$$ or Google "U.S. Coast Guard 6 Pack License study guides" There are quite few of them out there with one of the better being Charlie Wing's study guide here: http://www.amazon.com/Your-Captains-License-Fourth-Edition/dp/0071603697
Also I'd recommend gettin' Charles Husick's "Chapman Piloting & Seamanship" you can look here:
http://www.amazon.com/Chapman-Piloting-Seamanship-66th-Edition/dp/1588167445/ref=pd_sim_b_5?ie=UTF8&refRID=0WGNJC39P3T20FF9ZKAQ

Not that I'm pushing Amazon, it's just easy to find stuff there... Anyway back in the Day I used this one "The Coast Guard License: Six Pac to Master-100 Tons : Sail and Power" by Budd Gonder which is now pretty much out of date (1996)

I started out studying a couple of nights a week off and on for about a year. Then I decided I'd better settle down and either do it or not.

I spent about a month doing some real studying and workin' with Charts, etc. A lot of the "ordeal" is the mental pressure one puts on their-self because of the "unknowns" with the test and procedure. All for naught!

Once your sure you know each test module and have your "sea time" as well as your physical exam and all the other "stuff" you have to have nowadays (twick Card, Drug test etc.), go take it.

I went in with the idea that I'd take the first module and succeeding modules until I flunked one, then go back to studying. I went in about 8:30 AM took all the modules except the last one by lunchtime. Went back after lunch nervous as all get out, took the last module which then was Navigation and Plotting..

2 hours later I walked out with my license in my hand in a state of shock! Sometimes we just make stuff harder than it really is!
Best of Luck to Ya' and relax when you go for the test!

Capt'n Mike (retired!)


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