In May 2012 I knew that working ashore wasn't what I wanted to do the rest of my life. I was in a dead end job, working
paycheck to paycheck; it was time to make a difference. I took my STCW class in May and saved up some money for the
next few months. In September 2012 I quit my job working in a warehouse and flew down to Fort Lauderdale, Florida
shortly after to look for work on a yacht. After about two years of various daywork and temporary positions, I was ready to
try something else. In February 2014, I went to school for my Able Seaman certificate and a few other classes. In June
2014, I rented a car and drove to Louisiana to look for a job in the commercial offshore industry. Luckily on my second to
last day in the area, I was hired on as an AB aboard a 348 foot, Anchor Handling Tug Supply vessel based out of Port
Fourchon, Louisiana. I worked there for just over 18 months and that is when the price of oil sank, lay-offs were
happening at nearly all companies in the area and I was ready to make a switch back to yachting; where I started out.
I'm happy I've made the switch back to yachting, but I do have the endorsements to work on either private yachts or
commercial ships and will continue studying for more endorsements. I also have enough seatime to qualify for my 1600
ton mates license but just a matter of time to study and take the needed classes.