How can I get certified as a deckhand? How do I train?

My goal is to captain a tugboat. Yes, it's an obscure goal, but I have made it mine. Anyway, I realize that this is going to take a lot of hard work; years of it, in fact. I have discovered, through an answer on YahooAnswers by 'Tom', that the first step is to become certified as a deckhand. However, I don't know how to do this. Another answer, given by 'Captain Jack', stated that to become certified as a deckhand, you need to go through a test that involves physical efforts, such as lowering lifeboats. However, how does one gain experience for this? You can't just get hired on a boat and learn on the job, can you? Is there a college course for this (if there is, that works, because I'm only 17)? Also, if I am wrong about the first step, can somebody tell me what I ACTUALLY have to do? Thank you!

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