2nd Mate


The Second Mate is responsible for maintaining the bridge navigational and communications equipment as well as assisting with the vessel's piloting, navigation, safety and small boat operations. The 2nd Mate reports to the Captain and will assist the Master in communicating and enforcing all company policies and procedures.


Watch Duty:
 Performs bridge navigation and deck watch during specified periods. Determines geographical position of the ship, using all available means such as GPS, radar ranges, visual observations, depth sounders, etc.
 Makes necessary entries in navigation and radio logs.
 Handles the vessel, as directed by the Captain, in docking, anchoring, piloting, en route, in close quarters and open sea conditions.
 Navigates vessel to ensure avoidance of marine hazards such as reefs, outlying shoals, shallow waters, etc. using aids to navigation such as lights, lighthouses, and buoys.

Safety and Security:
 Participates in on board safety training, meetings and drills, as directed by the Captain, including fire, abandon ship, man overboard, flooding and medical emergencies.
 Participates in shore side training as required by the company.
 Relieves and/or performs gangway watch as directed by the duty schedule.
 Maintains familiarity with all duties under the company Safety Management System including Emergency Response Activities.
 Creates Training Completion Certificates for all shipboard training for each employee and sends to
Seattle Office.
 Maintains hard copies of all external and shipboard training for each employee onboard.

Small Boat Operations:
 Drives inflatable boats as necessary.
 Assists with loading guests, staff, and crew in and out of inflatable boats.

 Maintains navigation bridge supply inventories and requisitions.
 Performs chart and publication corrections and maintain vessel's chart inventory.
 Calculates and posts daily sunrise/sunset times and tide and current information.
 Creates Voyage Plan waypoint spreadsheet for Captain’s review and approval. Enters voyage itinerary waypoints into GPS.
 Creates/maintains New Hire Checklist and ensure each Training Officer is aware of needed completion dates for each employee’s training.


Candidates must be US citizens or permanent residents!


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Desired qualifications:

 Experience as Mate operating a passenger vessel, including navigation and bridge watch
responsibilities, maintaining navigation/communications equipment, and performing chart
 Excellent crisis management skills; ability to act quickly with confidence while exercising sound judgment.
 Ability to maintain professional demeanor at all time; ability to use appropriate level of tact and courtesy.
 Strong time management skills; able to handle multiple tasks, set priorities, and meet deadlines.

Communication Skills
 Must possess the ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations.

Mathematical Skills
 Able to perform voyage planning and navigational calculations.

Required Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:
 Valid Passport
 CPR / First Aid / AED
 Radar Observer Unlimited
 Medical Fitness Certificate
 USCG 100T Master or Mate License (1)
 St. Kitts Continuous Discharge Certificate (CDC) (2)
 St. Kitts Certificate of Endorsement (CoE) (2)
 Mate Endorsement of II/2 (USCG License: 500T Mate NC) (3)
 STCW Proficiency in Survival Craft (3)
 STCW Advanced Fire Fighting (3)
 STCW Medical First Aid Provider (3)
 Bridge Resource Management (3)
 ARPA Endorsement (3)
 Valid TWIC (4)
 STCW Basic Training (5)
 STCW Crowd Management (Company provided if needed) (5)
 STCW Crisis Management (Company provided if needed) (5)
 VPDSD (Company provided if needed) (5)
 ECDIS Endorsement (5)
 MARSEC Card (6)
 Drug/Alcohol Test Specimen Collector (7)
 STCW Leadership and Managerial Skills (7)

(1) Near Coastal License required for Safari Explorer Hawaii itinerary and Safari Endeavour Baja itinerary
(2) Required for Safari Voyager -Company provided
(3) Required for Safari Voyager, preferred for other vessels
(4) Required for all vessels, except Safari Voyager
(5) Required for Safari Voyager and Safari Endeavour; preferred on other vessels
(6) Required on Safari Explorer Hawaii itinerary (If you do not currently have this, there will be a training once onboard)
(7) Company preferred


 Length of Work Shift - Physically able to work 12 hours per day, 7 days a week for 6 to 8weeks at a time.Rotations off the vessel are usually 2-3 weeks.
 Mobility-Frequent bending, reaching, twisting, kneeling, crawling, and pushing/pulling. Must ascend and descend stairs and ladders, sometimes while carrying tools or objects. Able to stand or sit for long periods of time.
 Handling/Strength-Able to handle, lift, and lower objects totaling 50 pounds between the ground/deck level to a height of about 4 to 6 feet, and able to repeat these movements. Able to carry these objects up to 100 feet continuously for 20 minutes.
 Environmental Conditions-Able to work in all weather conditions, around loud noise, in small spaces, and fit through a 28-inch wide hatch.


Daily 12-hour shifts are comprised of approximately two 4-hour watches, plus 4 hours of administrative and supervisory activities.However, each work day may vary depending on overall needs oft he vessel and/or vessel personnel.This position may require overnight and/or night shift hours.