I seriously recommend this class to anyone having difficulty getting their TOAR completed

5.0 rating
October 22, 2014

I seriously recommend this class to anyone having difficulty getting their TOAR completed. It is a great learning experience, as well as a great opportunity for people looking to advance within the towing industry. The crew and examiner were all goods guys with lots of towing experience. They work well with people of all different skill levels and job experience. They will spend as much time as is needed on each exercise by each individual. I’m really glad I took this class, and in my opinion the price is very very reasonable for what they offer. Plus the tug is really cool. It’s an old school single screw tug, so anyone who has a soft spot for tugs will really appreciate the boat.


Got my Master of Towing. Thank you DMS!

5.0 rating
October 15, 2014

“I took the TOAR class in September of 2011. Diamond Marine Services allowed me to complete an inland TOAR separately from the other mariners in the class who were completing their Oceans TOAR (because the inland option was the only one applicable to my license). I enjoyed my day aboard the Cornell and the professionalism shown to me by Capt. Patrick. I have recently renewed my license and my MMC now states Master of Towing Vessels upon it. I was recently promoted to steersman and I am working/training aboard an 8,400 HP towboat pushing 30 to 40 barges at a time up and down the Mississippi River. I couldn’t get where I am today without working hard and proving myself to the company, but I do believe that Diamond Marine Services and my completed TOAR gave me a competitive advantage. Thank you!

Adam Taylor
500 Ton Master
Master of Tow

Adam Taylor

I can't begin to thank Diamond Marine enough

5.0 rating
October 13, 2014

I can’t begin to thank Diamond Marine enough. They went out of their way to be accommodating in so many ways. Thumbs up for an extraordinary group of people!

John Bryan

Came out of an academy. The experience was great!

5.0 rating
October 8, 2014

Came out of an academy, though no longer cared for the time away doing deep-sea. Started up towing in Alaska and even though I had enough time in, neither Captain on the vessel was a DE. Don’t recall where I heard of Diamond Marine, but Sam and Matt on the Cornell were key in helping me get my TOAR. Went on to Master of Towing.
Though I’m no longer working on tugs, the time and experience was well spent and enjoyed.
Thank you,


Diamond Marine does an amazing job

5.0 rating
October 8, 2014

I worked on tugs for over 2 years as a deckhand while having a 500grt license hoping to get my TOAR signed by the Capt. and move up to the wheel house.
While I had most parts signed up by the Capt., the schedule of a very busy tug made it very difficult if not impossible for me to get the maneuvering part of the TOAR signed. I couldn’t get my TOAR and was stuck on deck.
I was doing some research on the Net and came along Diamond Marine and the TOAR class.
Diamond Marine does an amazing job at helping the mariner move ahead. The instructors are seasoned tug boat captains and are also very good and patient teachers (which are two different things that rarely come together). You’ll go through all the exercises required for the TOAR and if you can do it you’ll be signed off. End of story.
So thank you Diamond Marine!. You helped me to make it happen. I have a mate job now.


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