SAN FRANCISCO BAR PILOT: The Board of Pilot Commissioners (BOPC) will host an exam for entrance into the Pilot Trainee Training program during the week of June 23, 2014. Information about the exam can be found on the Board’s website at www.bopc.ca.gov. The application deadline is April 15, 2014. All applications must be postmarked by that date.
We are looking for motivated, experienced mariners with command experience to enter the ranks of the San Francisco Bar Pilots. The top successful candidates from the exam will be placed on a list that will be used to draw new trainees into the Trainee Training program. The exam process consists of a written exam module and a simulator module. Those candidates who pass the written exam will continue on to the simulator module. The training program is rigorous, and can last from one to three years depending on the progress of the mariner. The mariner successfully completing the training program will be licensed by the State of California to commercially pilot vessels over the San Francisco Bar to ports throughout San Francisco Bay and its tributaries, and which now includes Monterey Bay. The pilotage grounds cover 70 separate terminals in ten counties surrounding the bays. The Board of Pilot Commissioners for the Bays of San Francisco, San Pablo, and Suisun is the only state-level pilot commission in California and authorizes the licenses of up to 60 pilots.