Our services

TOWING OFFICERS ASSESSMENT RECORDS (TOAR)

We provide training and have access to towing vessels and designated examiners that can help you with your advancement to Mate (Pilot) of Towing or Master of Towing. Since 2009, we have helped many mariners by providing a platform to complete both the maneuvering requirements as well as discussion based assessments in the Towing Officer Assessment Record. Our program utilizes a working tug and barge with a full crew in the presence of a USCG approved designated examiner.

PROFESSIONAL MARINER CREDENTIAL COUNSELING

Diamond Marine Services has made it even easier to submit your original, raise-in-grade, or renewal applications. We will work with you to ensure you have all the proper paperwork in place to achieve your renewal or raise-in-grade without experiencing delays with the National Maritime Center and USCG REC offices.

USCG Approved Courses

We are pleased to provide a suite of ONLINE USCG Approved Courses in partnership with US Captain's Training. You will be able to study at your own pace from the comfort of your own home or from work. When you are ready to test, USCT makes it easy with USCG Approved ONLINE final exams! Courses include Apprentice Mate Steersman, OUPV Original Issue, 100 GRT Master, 200 GRT Upgrade, AB and many others!

TOAR Training

Our program is reserved for experienced mariners. Mariners holding an OICNW endorsed license (STCW II/1 or II/3) can complete all the assessments in the TOAR with our program. If you do not hold an OICNW endorsement, you may be able to join us but we may not be able to complete the TOAR in its entirety. In addition, the extra sea service needed to upgrade to a mate or master of towing from a lower level license is often a surprise to many. For these reasons, we request to open a line of communication so we can better assess your needs. Mariners holding licenses LESS THAN 500 GRT (master or mate) or those without an OICNW endorsement are accepted on a case by case basis. For more information about this, please feel free to email or call us. 

Do you also need the observation sea service?

We are pleased to be able to offer those who need 30 days of training and observation a platform by which to accumulate the required sea service in addition to the TOAR. For more information, please visit out TOAR page or call us at 877-335-6341 to see if this better fits your needs.

UPCOMING CLASSES

Time Date Seats
8:30 am - 4:00 pm March 3, 2021
Boston MA
There are 2 seats available.
8:30 am - 4:00 pm March 19, 2021
Boston MA
There are 3 seats available.
8:30 am - 4:00 pm March 31, 2021
Boston MA
There are 4 seats available.

Credential Consulting

Tired of sifting through CFRs and NMC checklists wondering if you have enough sea time or completed the necessary requirements for an upgrade? Have you experienced delays or even have a license expire due to an issue with a previous application? Diamond Marine Services offers a unique service with former National Maritime Center evaluators on our credential consulting team. We have created a full service solution to help with all USCG credential applications.

USCG APPROVED COURSES

Fully ONLINE courses in cooperation with

 

From OUPV and AB all the way to Master 200 GRT and Apprentice Mate, US Captain’s Training has courses that allow you to study and complete all exams without ever stepping foot into a brick and mortar classroom.
Save on travel expenses and study at your own pace!
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Patience and explanation

Rated 5 out of 5
February 12, 2021

I highly recommend this class. My instructors were Sam and Birk. What both instructors are good at is 2 very important things in particular:
They’re experienced Captains AND they’re good teachers and that’s what you want in an instructor, someone who not only knows the material but has the patience to explain why a maneuver or something else will or will not work. Another great thing is these guys are going to let you drive and get your hands dirty. Great job guys.

Aaron V Burnett

1600 ton Master/10000 Tom OSV/Master of Towing Oceans

Rated 5 out of 5
January 22, 2021

Can’t say enough about these guys. Affordable, easy to work with, Professional!!! They simply take away all the hassle! Snap, click, send! It really was that easy. Oh! And they monitor your renewals. Just forget about it. You get notified.

James Roberts

Master of Towing

Rated 5 out of 5
January 8, 2021

I came to Diamond Marine to get my TOAR completed, and walked away with a Master of Towing. There were many challenges, but what I appreciated was Sam’s patient solution oriented mentality. He solved every obstacle with speed and and accuracy. He even gave additional advise in regards to submitting my application. I would recommend this course for anyone who wants to get their Mate or Master of Towing.

Captain Ta’Von Davis

Best TOAR Assessment Class ever! The most fun I have had taking a maritime class.

Rated 5 out of 5
January 8, 2021

In all my years of taking hands on and practical skills classes for the maritime industry, this one is the best I have ever done. The Designated Examiner for the class was knowledgeable and well seasoned in the towing industry and always willing to impart his knowledge and experience onto the class. The tug was an “oldie but goodie” making it a great platform to learn and practice the basics of tug and barge maneuvering before getting overwhelmed by the high speed and low drag controls of modern tugs. In the class each student takes a turn driving the tug doing each maneuver for the TOAR until they were successful with it. They also have a barge that is used for all maneuver, with the instructor going over the tricks of the trade on how to best complete them safely. Nothing in the class is simulated, it is all real world and hands on. I had so much fun in the class, I had wished it was more then just one day.

Alex D.

5 Stars to the Second Power

Rated 5 out of 5
January 2, 2021

My overall experience with Diamond Marine Services and their affiliated partners was perfect ! Sam went out of his way on several occasions to not only answer complex licensing questions but ensure that the licensing process was stress free. The TOAR course was fantastic, filled with lots of hands-on practical assessments. The entire crew at Diamond Marine Services were extremely knowledgeable, polite, and professional. I would strongly recommend Diamond Marine services for all of you licensing needs.

John William
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