Question About B-Split

Discussion in 'Merchant Marine Academy - USMMA' started by gstboatguy, Nov 28, 2010.

  1. gstboatguy

    gstboatguy 5-Year Member

    Nov 5, 2009
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    Is it possible to be a DI at the beginning of 3rd Class year and be on the sailing team while being a B-Splitter?
  2. 2009KPer

    2009KPer 5-Year Member

    Jul 31, 2009
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    Being a DI shouldn't be a problem, but that does mean leaving for sea a few weeks later than everyone else. That may mean staying out longer during the second sea period and having to do more training trips and/or watches when back at school.

    Sailing teams are in season in both the fall and spring, exactly when B-splitters are at sea. Hate to burst your bubble, but that pretty much makes it impossible to compete with the team if you're a B-splitter.

    The good news is that since there's still plenty of time until next summer, you can switch to A-split. In fact, participation on a sports team (especially waterfront teams) is a big factor on which sea split you get. I would have your kid look into this. Do it now, since there are a few differences in courses to take during the third tri between A and B splitters. I don't remember exactly, but I would think the Dean's office is in charge of this.

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