Hi folks, I hope this is the right place to ask. I've been working the past several years to try and save money to do some STCW certs at the NMCI, since getting a job on ships is something I've wanted to do for a long time. I've been mainly thinking about things like ferries or cruise ships within european waters, since that might be easier to compete in as an EU citisen than the trans-ocean stuff. I was hoping I could get some advice from those who know the maritime sector better than I do
Question 1) Anyone have recommendations for certs to get if I wanted to find work as a deck rating on passenger carrying vessels? From what I hear tell, it looks like the minimum certs you need as a deck rating are: Security Awareness, First Aid, Fire Prevention/Fighting, PSSR, and PST. Am I right on this? I've heard there's a crowd management cert that might be good, but couldn't find it listed at the NMCI.
Question 2) Assuming I got all the right certs, what would be some good ways to find deck rating jobs on something like ferries or cruise ships? Do those sorts of companies normally source their ratings through agencies? Any places where jobs might be advertised?
Thanks for taking the time to read my post.