No, not weather, that’s meteo…but, Maritime Education and Training (MET). Through an unusual set of circumstances and job changes, I found myself attending over four months of training and classes in the past year at facilities up and down the East coast of the United States. As an actively sailing mariner, required training – whether mandated by regulation or company – is far from unusual. This quantity in a year was, but did allow a unique insight into the variety of maritime training options available.
You get off watch, finish work on deck or climb out of the engine room. Next, you get a bite to eat and then? Very frequently, it’s time to plug in a movie and vegetate until it’s time to hit the rack or – quite possibly – you fall asleep in front of the flickering screen.
If you’re a little more awake and want to read a book, we’ve compiled a list (most of which will NOT put you to sleep like Bowditch) that you might find interesting. Take a look at them – created with input from merchant marine and U.S. Marine Corps leaders and linked to Amazon for quick download. Get entertained and challenge your mind!
Click HERE for our reading suggestions.