"You have to be patient and to like working as part of a team to do this job. When we're at sea, there are 250 of us on this vessel. It gets to feel like a really small space after a while. "
The Canadian Navy recently acquired one modern diesel-electric submarine and expect to add three more in the next five years.
Paquette works as a boatswain with the Canadian Forces. It was a natural
choice for her her father was in the army. When she was a child,
Kathy would walk around the house wearing her father's army boots and
cap. But it's primarily her desire to travel and to see the world that
motivated her to choose a career in the Canadian Forces.
Did you know? The Canadian Navy Fleet consists of 12 frigates, 4 destroyers, 12 coastal defence vessels and 2 supply ships.
Kathy loves the sea and she says she's never seasick. The basic annual income is around $24,000 with four weeks of paid leave, and ALL her medical bills are paid for.
Canadian Forces have allowed Kathy to satisfy her need for travel and
adventure. If this interests you as well, you can start by visiting their
web site for recruitment information or your nearest recruitment centre.
You must be at least 17, a Canadian citizen and in good health.
Education: Post-secondary education is all with the Canadian Forces. The Boatswain course is about 8 months long
Hobbies: Swimming, kickboxing and weightlifting