Would you like to earn over $100,000 a year? Does $250,000 sound even better? Some graduates of he California Maritime Academy earn six figure salaries the first year after they graduate and those who move up the ranks to become a ship‘s captain often earn over $250,000 a year.
Excellent compensation was just one of the many benefits of a nautical career featured in a presentation by Nathan Prather at the Dana Point Yacht Club on February 26. Prather’s participation in youth sailing programs as a teenager opened doors (and hatches) for admission to the elite California Maritime Academy in Vallejo, California. The four year undergraduate program in maritime studies included three summers at sea for hands-on training in operating almost all functions of navigation.
Prather went to work in a very well compensated position right after graduation. He now works as a Senior Dynamic Positioning Officer for Seadrill Americas. He also gets to see the world. A typical assignment is working as part of a small team transporting huge Supertankers from the Korean shipyard where they are built around the Cape of Good Hope through the Atlantic Ocean to offshore oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico.
Another youth sailing program enthusiast, Melissa Madison, charted a different course to a successful maritime career. Madison became and oceanographer and is now completing a doctoral science program at the University of Southern California. Madison’s training includes studies at the USC research laboratories at Two Harbors on Catalina Island. Madison also keeps her sailing skills shipshape as a member of the USC collegiate sailing team.
You can see the next generation of maritime leaders demonstrate their skills March 8 to 10 at the California Maritime Academy intercollegiate sailing competition, hosted by the Los Angeles Yacht Club. You can also learn how professional managers organize race events at a special management education seminar presented by US Sailing. This up to date information includes a sailing race iPhone app that shows once again how sailing teaches mastery of sophisticated technology. A pilot is scheduled for Saturday, March 9 at the Dana Point Yacht Club. This all new education program will tour yacht clubs and sailing centers around the U.S. later this year.
Read more about sports management education programs from U.S. Sailing at these feature articles on Examiner.com.