Frequently Asked Questions
What is a TOAR?
The Towing Officer Assessment Record (TOAR) is a USCG required series of assessments of a mariner’s knowledge of towing vessel operations. You must hold a completed TOAR assessment to sail as a Deck Officer aboard towing vessels.
By using highly objective assessment techniques in both simulator-based and practical demonstration, our experienced USCG approved Designated Examiner will assess your knowledge and skills.
How does the TOAR class work?
Prior to attending a TOAR class, each participant is provided with resources to assist in their preparation for successfully meeting each standard. The class itself takes place during simulated voyage aboard a towing vessel. From start to finish, the voyage incorporates each of the Near Coastal/Oceans TOAR assessments.
Where does the class take place?
The TOAR class takes place in the Transas tug simulator and classroom space located at MITAGS-PMI in Seattle, WA.
What minimum qualifications do I need for the TOAR class?
At minimum, 30 days documented observation and training aboard towing vessels on Near Coastal/Oceans routes.
At minimum, a 500 ton Near Coastal or Oceans Mate license on inspected vessels.
OICNW endorsement II/1 or II/3 held or qualified to hold.
If you do not meet the above qualifications, the towing license process is difficult. But, please contact us. We can discuss your options.
When are the classes held?
Saturdays and Sundays. Hours are flexible. Most sessions begin at 0800. Plan for an 8 hour day and bring lunch, or there’s a Jimmy John’s that delivers.
How many attendees?
One to two per session.
What do I need to bring?
A lunch, or Jimmy John’s delivers.
What is the cost?
$2000.00 - cash or credit/debit card