Sea Tow Captain Pete Collins represents the marine industry at a Career Fair
For Captain Ramsey Chason and his crew at Sea Tow Cape and Islands, it’s all about giving back to the community that has given the franchise so much over the years; and with a service area that reaches some of the most boating-rich locations in the country, there’s plenty of ways to lend a hand.
That’s what led Capt. Ramsey – who will have owned the Cataumet, MA-based franchise for a year next month – to a local junior high. Recently, he was approached by Lawrence School Principle Tom Bushy about a career fair the school was holding for its students to give them the opportunity to talk with local businesses to help think about their next steps as they head toward high school and beyond.
“In the past I had worked with several different companies that worked closely with high schools and vocational schools,” Capt. Ramsey said, “so I jumped at this opportunity because – especially here in Cape Cod – we have this really large industry that serves marine trades; but whether it’s a company like Sea Tow or someone focusing on something more specialized, like diesel engine repair, there’s a shortage of qualified labor across the board.”
But the franchise’s efforts to support the next generation of boaters and on-water servicemen and women extend beyond the classroom. This spring, Sea Tow Cape and Islands will be joining several other local marine businesses to help send children of local U.S. Coast Guard families to attend Outward Bound camps this summer.
“We have a very close relationship with the local Coast Guard here in Cape Cod,” Capt. Ransey continued. “This is a great opportunity for us to show our support and appreciation for everything they do for local boaters and the community as a whole.”
Capt. Ramsey added that these programs are part of a larger network of giving that he and his crew are proud to be a part of.
During the summer, Sea Tow Cape and Islands staff a local pumpout station in nearby Yarmouth three days a week, all summer long. The franchise also participates in several local charity fishing tournaments, including ones benefiting cystic fibrosis research and the Wounded Warrior Project. It also donates a safety boat and EMT to Hyannis Port Yacht Club.
“We wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for the support of the local boating community, so it’s so fulfilling to be able to give back in different ways,” Capt. Ramsey said. “Sea Tow is built on the backs of a lot of thoughtful and concerned franchise owners and I couldn’t be prouder to be a part of that.”