The very first days of the vessel operations program. The students are no longer freshman. They start off with Drills and teamwork challenges To get more FAMILIAR with each other and trusting. Knowing the LANGUAGE of the maritime INdustry is key, you cant be very productive if you don't know what your teachers are asking you to do. BUilding your vocabulary, is building your maritime skills. in order to work on a boat you need to know what kind of boat you are. Learning DIFFERENCES in boats and what makes them DIFFERENT is important to know. There are many different kinds of engines, all requiring a different type of MAINTENANCE, knowing which is which makes a more VALUABLE person on a vessel. In this course the students also learn about RECREATIONAL vessels. they RECEIVE there safe boaters license, letting them on a small boat with an OUTBOARD engine. In the course they learn about boat REGISTRATION, emergency PROCEDURES, required equipment on board, and Safely fueling your boat. as the STUDENTS get deeper into the program and more FAMILIAR on what is expected of them, going outside on a boat is a regular OCCURRENCE. the PREPARATION of the vessel is the most important part of getting underway. you learn how to create a float plan, and weather observations. being environmentally CAUTIOUS is a sense every mariner needs, Not only is it a mariners RESPONSIBILITY to insure the SAFETY of the ocean, if there are vessels that do not comply with the environmental laws put in place there have serious consequences. learning how to prevent these accidents and catching them early is best for both yourself and your planet. just like how there are rules for cars in traffic that people need to obey, there are rules for vessels mariners need to obey. this is called rules of the road. indicating to all vessels what they need to do when ENCOUNTERING other vessels, safe speed, BOW WATCH, restricted view, navigation lights, sound signals, narrow channels, reporting accidents, and going over the good samaritan law.