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.
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.
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!
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. This service is available to any mariner that already holds a completed TOAR (does NOT have to be from our program). For more information, please visit out TOAR page or call us at 877-335-6341 to see if this better fits your needs.
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I don`t leave many good reviews. But this team needs to be recognized. This is well worth the money and then some. Great team of people very organized and will walk you thru the process with no issues. Cant say enough about them.
Great Class, Great People
Had an absolutely wonderful experience doing the TOAR Class with Birk in Boston. He`s a true professional and awesome teacher -- he knows a ton about shiphandling and towing. I got a lot out of a class that was only a day long -- way more than I think I would have gotten out of a weeklong simulator course. It`s so much better to get out there with the environmentals on Boston Harbor and actually get a feel for a real boat when you`re maneuvering alongside a tow. Also wanted to thank Sam for working with me and my company last minute to make this class happen. He went out of his way to answer all my questions, and even got back to me via email on a couple nitpicky regulatory things he didn`t have answers for when we spoke initially. Can`t say enough good things about Diamond Marine. If you need to get your TOAR Card signed off, this is the place!
My husband and I both used Sam`s team to file our paperwork. His knowledge of the requirements and great organization made everything so easy. Do not waste time trying to do this yourself - it`s worth every penny to have Diamond Marine Services do it for you! Thank you, Jess and Russ
-- Jess and Russ P
Diamond marine services is the best sams crew goes over and beyond they are great thank you so much for all you have done thanks Tim
-- Tim Mulherin
Sam and his team ROCK!!
Sam and his team at DMS are marvelous. They are on top of everything and provide amazing guidance. Sam is the NICEST guy in the industry and an encyclopedia of knowledge. Anyone getting a credential will find the money so well spent.
-- Gregg Clark