Coast Guard??

Discussion in 'All Discussions' started by 252surfer, Mar 28, 2014.

  1. 252surfer

    252surfer Well-Known Member

    Dec 1, 2010
    Hey guys,
    I am going to graduate from college here and I am maybe considering the coast guard. i figure they can help with my student loans, possible grad school, and ill be close or on the ocean all the time and i get paid to do it. anyone here a member or have any information on this subject? i am applying for an internship with them and noaa also but if that doesnt pan out after this summer then i have to weigh all my options.
    thanks for any help in advance
  2. Sandblasters

    Sandblasters Well-Known Member

    May 4, 2013
    do it... you'll be a 0-1 and make bank. travels to different ports and surf. ive herd of coasties docking in costa rica.

  3. SurfLIs

    SurfLIs Member

    Feb 27, 2014
    what school are you graduating from if you don't mind me asking
  4. cepriano

    cepriano Well-Known Member

    Apr 20, 2012
    if ur going to join the service,join the navy.youll be on the ocean all day long,and youll go through vigorious training excercizes that will make u a great waterman.coastguard would be cool if ur planning on saving people in the middle of the ocean or catching drug cartels,but it wont make u a better waterman.they both pay for the loans,its just with the navy and being a surfer,u definitely wont regret u don't have to worry about getting shipped off to war,youll be on a warship if anything and its the safest place to be during a war
  5. DosXX

    DosXX Well-Known Member

    Mar 2, 2013
    A career in either the USCG or NOAA strikes me as exciting and very interesting. I applied to the Coast Guard Academy while in high school, but wasn't selected. Later, after graduating from Cal Poly, I went into the Navy through Aviation Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, FL.
    With a college degree you may qualify for USCG Officer Candidate School. It's a 17 week program. NOAA has an officer candidate training program that sounds really, really cool. Check it out. A lot of waterman/nautical skills are taught, including SCUBA diving. If I was to do it over again, I'd go into the USCG or the NOAA officer program. Even USCG enlisted can be pretty good. Where else can a senior enlisted person get to command a patrol boat in the coastal U.S.?

    My daughter graduated from VA Tech last year with a degree in Meteorology. She's now at the Univ. of Alabama in Huntsville working on her Masters in Earth Systems Science. UAH is very high-tech oriented and located next to the NASA Space Center and the US Army Redstone Arsenal. She has an internship with NASA and works with them and the school on several Geo-spacial Imagery (GSI) related projects. The program there also interfaces heavily with NOAA and the National Weather Service. All are located in the same building. They all work on some very interesting things. I've encouraged her in the past to check out NOAA. She may be interested in the Air Force as well.
    Sorry for getting a bit long-winded there.

    I got out around 4PM for a little over an hour off Dam Neck. Wasn't much. Managed to catch a handful of unremarkable rides. It got very windy and blown out. Must've drifted over a quarter mile down the beach. It was heck walking back against the wind with the board. A workout in itself.
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  6. Shikkapow

    Shikkapow Active Member

    Jul 22, 2013
    dude stay away from the navy. you are a "757 surfer" so you know people in the navy. ask them about wonderful livelihood you'll get by joining the navy. 6 months+ out to sea, miserable working conditions (until you are an E7 or an O4 you aren't authorized to think for yourself, and even then there are so many asinine policies that you spend 4 times the effort to get a simple task completed) and you wont be a better "waterman" as posted above. I'm not going to bash sister services (too much:cool:), but even DosXX agrees with me ;) there are lots of pluses to the navy, but IMHO they dont outweigh the bad.

    If you want to be near the ocean and actually be home to surf, learn skills you can use by hands on experience in a *much* smaller service where you do the job that the other services need 8 people to complete there is only one option. O or E you'll come out a better person than you went in. Send me a PM if you want.
    DosXX I surfed the south gate of Dam Neck for years and have walked back from the condos.... I thought about throwing money in my pocket a couple of times to get coffee and doughnuts at Seaside for the walk back
  7. DosXX

    DosXX Well-Known Member

    Mar 2, 2013
    "...there are so many asinine policies that you spend 4 times the effort to get a simple task completed..."

    That is so true in so many ways.
    I still work for the Navy, but in Civil Service after four years active duty in the early 80s. Unfortunately, it keeps getting worse - the politics, red tape, bureaucracy, petty regulation overkill.... Trying to get even simple things accomplished is a struggle more often than not -unless you're with the SEALs. The bean counters are running the Navy. 75% of the job is reporting on the other 25%.

    But I'm sticking with it a few more years until retirement and will continue to give the tax payers their money's worth. Gotta good work location at Dam Neck. Right on the beach. During the warmer months, many of my lunch times are spent on my board. Squeeze in a quick session. Some people go jogging or hit the gym or indoor pool during lunch. I have "board meetings" - even before and after work. I'll hit the south gate area too - often walking 6 or so houses down into Sandbridge, if the break is better there. So all that does outweigh the bad in this case. Man, I'm so glad I started surfin'.
  8. worsey

    worsey Well-Known Member

    Oct 13, 2013
    i know of a coastguard station with its own personal right hand reef tube. its called dog island and
    its clean and hollow and empty and tropical.
  9. Sandblasters

    Sandblasters Well-Known Member

    May 4, 2013
    you know what man im with outher dude dont join the navy. join the army and become airborne infantry. kill **** and bang massive amounts of women. drink till you cant walk, and throw up in morning formation. get deployed to germany and repeat. just dont join the chemical corps. why not the Confederate army?
  10. Blackfish

    Blackfish Well-Known Member

    Jan 20, 2013
    Why not the Kiss army?
  11. surferzach

    surferzach Member

    Nov 25, 2012
    Don't think that you'll always be around the ocean....Topeka, St Louis, Detroit, Memphis, New Orleans, etc. And OCS is an application process where you have to be the cream of the crop out of college, and be prepared to apply multiple times and still don't make it....unless you're a woman or an ethnicity that's not white. PM me if you have any questions.
  12. WopWop77

    WopWop77 Active Member

    Jan 8, 2012
    NAVY = Never Again Volunteer Yourself

    Go with the coast guard. Maybe you will lucky enough to get stationed in Aguadilla.
  13. chicharronne

    chicharronne Well-Known Member

    Jun 22, 2006
    there's 3 things wrong about that.
    1, you're in the middle of the ocean.
    3, everyone will hate you because yer a squid.
  14. 252surfer

    252surfer Well-Known Member

    Dec 1, 2010
    To answer everybody, I'll be graduating with a bachelor if science in earth and environmental science but I also know a lot about meteorology and oceanography thanks to surfing and my own personal interests. I'm also a lifeguard if that helps. I'll be graduating from Virginia Wesleyan college this may.
  15. nynj

    nynj Well-Known Member

    Jul 27, 2012
    How can you say the Coast Guard wouldn't make you a better waterman??? You train and rescue people in the heaviest situations possible. You don't think someone that see's 60' waves and jumps is is a waterman?
    It may not make you a better surfer (though being comfortable in heavy seas will most likely make you more comfortable in big surf) but it will make you a better waterman.

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  16. chicharronne

    chicharronne Well-Known Member

    Jun 22, 2006
    Being in the COAST Guard almosts guarantees you'll be on the coast. but that could mean the coast of the great lakes. Or worse, the Chesp Bay.
  17. waterbaby

    waterbaby Well-Known Member

    Oct 1, 2012
    you might also want to consider being forced to be on the ocean on a relatively small boat, during the absolute worst conditions and at night.
  18. cepriano

    cepriano Well-Known Member

    Apr 20, 2012
    rescueing people has nothing to do with becoming a better waterman.i say the navy because of the intense training they go through.didnt u people ever watch hell week?they tie their hands and feet up,blindfold u,throw u in a 15ft deep pool,and u have to jump up and down for 15 minutes,jump up inhale,go down exhale,repeat 200x.then u got the training where they constantly kick and thrash at u to simulate rough conditions at sea.i wish I would've joined the navy.being in the coastguard,ur still on a ship in the middle of the ocean.the navys the same,except u got nuclear missiles on board.u could even get stationed on Oahu.
  19. cepriano

    cepriano Well-Known Member

    Apr 20, 2012
    the jumping up and down thing is called drownproofing

    fast forward to 6.15...that's the weaker way of the training,in the navy ur tied,blindfolded,and wearing an 85lb bookbag.
  20. nynj

    nynj Well-Known Member

    Jul 27, 2012
    You train to be in the Coast Guard too. The training you do to be prepared for heavy surf is extremely intense.
    And rescuing people on the ocean has everything to do with being a waterman.