INDOC Staff

Discussion in 'Merchant Marine Academy - USMMA' started by kpmom2013, Apr 15, 2010.

  1. kpmom2013

    kpmom2013 Member

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    Our DS just informed us he was asked and agreed to be on the Waterfront staff for Indoc. Does anyone have any experience with your MID working INDOC? We are happy that he was selected to serve in this way, but disappointed that we will not see much of him this summer. What are the benefits to working during Indoc? Extra liberty next year? More leadership opportunities later on? Do the MIDS working Indoc have any time to relax and get ready for next year, or is it non-stop work? Just when I thought I could relax after recognition, the roller coaster is taking off again. Any insight into what staffing Indoc is like would be appreciated.
     
  2. Coastie for Life

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    My DD has did waterfront last year and will again this year. We only saw her for one week last summer, but it is well worth their time to do it. She really enjoys the training. Please PM me and I can forward her email address to you if you wish. She can enlighten you more on what they do during Indoc.
     
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    Coastie

    Thank you for your response. I figure if your DD is staffing for the second time this year, it must be fun and / or worthwhile.
     
  4. deepsea

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    Glad your son will be joining us for Indoc this summer. It is a big time commitment.....but we work hard to make it worthwhile. If you are near KP you are always welcome to come out and join us for some of our Trainer activities. We try to make being a Waterfront Trainer a very fun experience, and we have many repeats coming back this year. Here's why I think it is a great program-

    1. The best way to learn is to teach. Much of the basics of seamanship, safety, engineering, and boat handling are taught by the waterfront trainers. It is a great refresher for them before they head out to sea.
    2. The best way to become a great mariner is to spend a lot of time on the water- in addition to the training aspect, the waterfront trainers have access to our whole fleet of training vessels, and we try to schedule as many training trips to the city, Mets games, 4th of July fireworks, City Island trips, nautical movie nights etc. as we can.....you name it.
    3. This year we should have enough trainers to cover Indoc that each waterfront trainer will get 5 days off of training duties for a cruise on Summerwind.
    4. They run the show! We provide a framework and are available for troubleshooting and help but this is a midshipman run program.

    Here are some pictures from the last few indocs-
    2009 Waterfront Trainers

    Blog Post
     
  5. Two Mints

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    Our DS worked as an EMT during indoc last year and will do it again this year unless he gets an intern position somewhere. I think he got a lot of good experience and training. Mom and Dad didn't much care for it because we only saw him for 4 days but its his time now not ours.
     
  6. kp2001

    kp2001 USMMA Alumnus

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    I worked Indoc 2 of the 3 years possible (just prior to 3rd class and just prior to 1st class) as an EMT. I would have worked the other one too if I hadn't been at sea. It was seriously some of the best times at the school. You get to laugh at all the shenanigans and help meld the incoming class. You forge some great friends during those 3-4wks of training and then Indoc.

    Plus as the EMT and waterfront staff you get to be "the good/nice guy" as opposed to the DI's :smile:
     

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