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Hey guys, I'm a 16y/o, been fishing since I could walk, and would love to try out deckhanding this season. I live in pcola/gulf breeze. I'm not worried about how much I'd be getting paid. I have another job, but would like to get the experience of a deckhand. I can pass a drug test, I have CPR/AED Pro, I can drive myself around, and can be a helping hand around a boat. I'd love to work out kind of a part time thing around my other job if at all possible, I have tons of energy and I'm ready to get on the water.

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I'm new to this area so I can't really be o much help for connections but I deck handed for a summer in Stuart when I was in high school. You've got the right idea posting here, but nothing beats face to face time on the docks. Talk to captains, mates, and deckhands because they will be the first to know of openings. I started out just cleaning boats when they came in for a few weeks before I got my first opening to go when a regular hand was sick. It takes some time to get your foot in the door, but it was a great experience for me and I learned a lot about working with all sorts of people.

I never did it but I knew a handful of deckhands that got their start on headboats, so that may be another place to check for openings.


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If you took a weekend and hit Pensacola Beach, Gulfshores, Orange beach and walked the docks around 3-6 when all the boats came in it would work extremely well in your favor. I know your only 16. But when I was looking for a deckhand job I would sit at the bar or restaurant at these marinas and strike up conversations with people there and tell them what I was looking for. Many times either themselves or someone they knew ran a boat or needed a deckhand.

Another thing is a lot of deck handing jobs are full time, or one of those things where the captain will call you at 7 the night before and say "hey I know you are supposed to be off tomorrow but someone just booked" so your schedule is constantly changing.

best of luck to you and I hope you find what your looking for.
 
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