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Old 22 January 2014, 06:03   #31
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Sorry to butt in but im thinking about a career change at 44years old .are their many jobs on maybe windfarm support at the bottom of the ladder .is this deck hand ? What qualifications do i need ?
Is my age a problem ?
Are their many jobs ?
Roughly how much would i earn ?
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I'm 50 and age has not been a problem. Do bear in mind from 60 onwards your medical is yearly not 5 yearly

For rib charter work you need RYA commercially endorsed Adv powerboat. To teach powerboating you need RYA Powerboat Instructor qualification. I have no idea what you need for windfarms, I think they prefer a higher qualification.

Rib training and charter skipper work tends to be done on a self employed basis not as an employee. Work is very seasonal, you would need another income alongside it

I have not had any problem finding work but that will depend on where in the country you are looking for work.

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Old 22 January 2014, 07:14   #32
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I have not had any problem finding work but that will depend on where in the country you are looking for work.

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...and I'm sure Chris will agree that your success will also depend on your attitude, time-keeping, sense of humour and general demeanour around your employers' customers.
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I agree. How you deal with customers is a big part of the job. The skippers that can make sure the clients have a great day get lots of repeat work. The skippers that are not good with the clients, or break boats, struggle getting work.

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That is a fabulous snippit to remember! I am really excited to be training in this field. You guys have been very helpful and informative. Can't thank you enough 👍
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I'm 50 and age has not been a problem. Do bear in mind from 60 onwards your medical is yearly not 5 yearly
That is incorrect! It is only on reaching 65 that it is a requirement to have a medical every year. I know because I have just had my last 5 year ML5.
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That is incorrect! It is only on reaching 65 that it is a requirement to have a medical every year. I know because I have just had my last 5 year ML5.
Oops, thanks for correcting my mistake.
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Oops, thanks for correcting my mistake.
You have 5 years longer than you thought.
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a bit more correction.... the ENG1 (allegedly stricter) medical as required now by most if not all of the renewables energy operators is a two year certificate max (unlike the 5 on the ML5).
This became a one year max on an ENG1 at 65 in the past.
This is no longer the case and the ENG1 can still be issued with a two year validity at any age. Unfortunately I know having officially become a very old *** recently. But having my ENG1 last week & expecting 1 year at best I was pleasantly surprised to be given the full two year ticket after a thorough medical. Doctor says things have changed.
One of my crew extremely p****d off. The young upstart was given a 1 year restricted ENG1 and told to lose weight.
My ENG1 doc off to specsavers immediately after my medical
and I keep threatening to retire but they keep finding ways of persuading me to stop!
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a bit more correction.... the ENG1 (allegedly stricter) medical as required now by most if not all of the renewables energy operators is a two year certificate max (unlike the 5 on the ML5).
This became a one year max on an ENG1 at 65 in the past.
This is no longer the case and the ENG1 can still be issued with a two year validity at any age. Unfortunately I know having officially become a very old *** recently. But having my ENG1 last week & expecting 1 year at best I was pleasantly surprised to be given the full two year ticket after a thorough medical. Doctor says things have changed.
One of my crew extremely p****d off. The young upstart was given a 1 year restricted ENG1 and told to lose weight.
My ENG1 doc off to specsavers immediately after my medical
and I keep threatening to retire but they keep finding ways of persuading me to stop!
A couple of years ago an MCA approved doc, who should remain nameless but he's in Liverpool, told a mate of mine on a Friday afternoon that he'd have to lose weight, or display serious intent to lose weight, before he'd issue an ENG1.

My mate enquired how he could demonstrate 'serious intent', to which the doc replied: '...if you come back on Monday and have lost 7 lbs, I'd consider that to be serious intent.'

My mate didn't have his normal 12 pint sesh on Friday or Saturday, refrained from his 'full monty' early hours kebab and didn't go near the curry house all weekend. Back to the doc on Monday and he'd lost the required amount. ENG1 issued.

Normal service has since been resumed of course but, fortunately, he's not a professional mariner just an occasional visitor to offshore substations and he was starting from a very high base!
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A couple of years ago an MCA approved doc, who should remain nameless but he's in Liverpool, told a mate of mine on a Friday afternoon that he'd have to lose weight, or display serious intent to lose weight, before he'd issue an ENG1.

My mate enquired how he could demonstrate 'serious intent', to which the doc replied: '...if you come back on Monday and have lost 7 lbs, I'd consider that to be serious intent.'

My mate didn't have his normal 12 pint sesh on Friday or Saturday, refrained from his 'full monty' early hours kebab and didn't go near the curry house all weekend. Back to the doc on Monday and he'd lost the required amount. ENG1 issued.

Normal service has since been resumed of course but, fortunately, he's not a professional mariner just an occasional visitor to offshore substations and he was starting from a very high base!
He best have a big poo then before he goes! :-) next time
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