“Teach to make a difference.” that’s what I said on my other blog post entitled Time to be a Modern Filipino Seafarer. On the same article, I provided more reasons why a common seafarer should aspire to enter the world of maritime education, training and development today. If you haven’t read it yet, I highly encourage you to discover such another great opportunity to earn and eventually become a better person.
Since I’m still actively sailing, I only teach during my vacation. To other seafarers, vacation perhaps is a precious leisure time and one of the best times of the year to spend their hard-earned money.
For me however, it’s a good time to learn, earn and of course, unwind if time permits. With His support and guidance, I can say that my life is a bit different now since I considered building-up a second career.
A maritime instructor like me, according to Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW ) Code, Section A-1/6 (4), is any person conducting training of a seafarer as an instructor, either on board or ashore in an MTI, on an Approved Training Program which is intended to be used in qualifying the seafarer for certification under STCW.
Furthermore, the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) STCW Circular No. 2014-04 states that to be a qualified maritime instructor in Philippines, one shall:
1.have an appreciation of the training program and an understanding of the specific training objectives for the particular type of training being conducted;
2.be qualified in the task for which training is being conducted by any of the following means, by showing proof of:
.1 prior approved seagoing service relating to the task; or
.2 prior approved training and issuance of COC or COP pertaining to the task, and refresher/updating training, as appropriate; or
.3 prior approved experience as instructor for a period of at least six (6) months in the last five (5) years, specifically relevant to the task or a substantially similar training program;
3.if conducting training using a simulator, shall have proof of the following:
.1 completed International Maritime Organization (IMO) Model Course 6.10 course
.2 have gained practical operational experience on the particular type of simulator being used by accomplishing Simulator Practical Operational Experience Log (SPOEL, Annex 2 for an aggregate period of at least 20 hours conducted on 10 separate days under the supervision of an experienced instructor/operator of that particular type of simulator;
.3 if conducting training using different types of simulators must accomplish separate SPEOL for each type of simulator being used. Lastly,
4.have proof of successful completion of approved IMO Model Course 6.09 (Training Course for Instructors). However, in the absence of this equipment, an applicant may be given a Short-Term Permit – Type 1 (STP1), valid for fifteen (15) calendar days from the day the STP1 is granted. The STP may be renewed, subject to applicable fees.
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