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Trained for the Job of Their Dreams

Front Row: Captain Ken Daniel, Instructor; Glenn Albrecht, St. Michaels; Jonathan Masten, Mildford DE; James Vertichio, Cambridge; James Green, Frederick; Ken Burns, Ridgely; Bill Tyndall, Instructor; Judson Blazek, Claiborne. Second Row: Sean Stevens, Chester; Kevin Martin Jr., Easton. Third Row: Zachary House, Church Hill; Matthew Hurst, Cordova.

Fourteen students graduated from Charter Captain Courses after earning their certificates in the 12-week course taught by Captains Ken Daniel and Bill Tyndall of Cambridge. Graduation was on the Dorothy Megan paddle wheeler at Suicide Bridge Restaurant.    
    The course, started in 1951 by Capt. E. L. Thomas, was the first Coast Guard-approved captain school in the area. The school is Coast Guard-approved to teach and test for the OUPV (six pack) license and up to 100 gross ton Master’s Near Coastal license.
    Students are taught navigation rules, weather, anchoring and mooring, maneuvering and handling the vessel, emergency procedures, first aid and CPR, electronics and chart navigation among other skills. Hands-on training plus 80 hours of classroom teaching culminate with final exams administered by Charter Captain Courses. Private tutoring and license renewal are also available.
    The next courses begin Thursday Sept. 4 at the Kent Island Fire ­Company in Kent Island; and Monday Sept. 8 at the Carlisle Fire Company in Milford, Delaware. Both begin at 6:30pm. Applications now being taken: Capt. Ken Daniel at 410-228-0674; Capt. Bill ­Tyndall at 410-943-8133; rdboat@verizon.net.