Lake Macatawa in Holland was busy and hot. The winds were dropping, so we had to rely on the iron genoa (motor). It was pleasent and the waters were busy. Big and small boats were out enjoying themselves.
Saturday, 26 May 2012, I took my American Red Cross hands on training and learned a few things, mostly legal gotcha’s. My experience with my own children and boy scout emergency room visits provided me with most of what I needed to know.
Well April 28th was the day. I passed six Mariners Learning System proctored tests in one sitting. There are four for the OUPV (rules of the road, deck general, navigation, and plotting), and te Masters 25-100 ton, and the Sailing Endorsement. The proctors had seen many students take six tests in one sitting, but only I had passed them all.
As I drove home from the test, I had time to reflect on the process. I preferred the study at your own pace so I could really absorb the plentiful amounts of information. I figured I studied over 200 hours, in all my spare time since Christmas through April. It was a proud feeling of accomplishment. Now I need to complete te CPR and First Aid training, drug test, and collect my references. Yahooo