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Basic Seamanship

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.

Intermediate Seamanship


This is when the students have all their NERVOUS BUTTERFLIes out of their stomach and start to get into the routine of how the vessel operations class runs. its when the teachers start trusting the students more, and are not clueless. they start doing easy knot tying CHALLENGES and learn the science of docking a boat. studying wind PATTERNS, sailing terms and rules are a big deal to know on any type of vessel. it is here they relay what they have learned in the class on a PIECE of paper to RECEIVE there safe boaters course test, VERIFYING what they know at this point. once the test is done, the students start diving into the maritime industry. there are hundreds of different paths rooted in the maritime industry so each student takes a specific job and does RESEARCH into that job. the shipping industry alone has more jobs OPPORTUNITIES then there are students in the class, and that just one side of the field! we focus on the shipping industry looking at cargo ships and the TRANSPORTATION of goods, the ship types and fundamentals of a ship. the difference between a ship and a boat. the roles each person has on and off a vessel, even finding how much each position a boat gets paid. the different parts of a ship and what they are called and the MATHEMATICS of hull size to volume. at this stage the students dive deep into the concept of bouncy of boats and how they are able to float. the construction of the ACTUAL vessel is the most important part of a safe INDUSTRY, so studying the DIFFERENT types of hulls and CONSTRUCTION of vessels makes you a more aware mariner. the students also learn the way vessels move, with a rudder and a PROPELLER, and how they are connected WITH THE MOVEMENT OF THE VESSEL. MORSE CODE IS LANGUE SPOKEN BETWEEN MARINERS THAT WAS MOSTLY USED IN THE OLD DAYs when they didn't have radios and TECHNOLOGY like we have now. however you can not put your complete trust in these TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANCES BECAUSE they do fail you, and there have been  times and stories when they have, so knowing morse code gives you the ADVANTAGE if your electronics fail you. just like how a car has DIFFERENT types of gases, every vessel has a DIFFERENT need of the gas it needs. knowing what type of gas an engine needs is critical for the WELL BEING of an engine. most of the marine INDUSTRY is vessels going in AND OUT of ports in VARIOUS countries around the world, there are so many laws and regulations in each particular water bodies all over the world, it takes a whole team of people to make sure a vessel is COMPLYING with all specifications. hundreds of vessels however don't have to worry about international vessel AFFAIRS BECAUSE they only do local work. in America the police of the water is the united states coast GUARD, they are the ones in charge of the safety American water bodies. studying what the RESPONSIBILITIES of the coast guard is part of learning regulations of a vessel.and that concludes what the sophmore class learns in the vessel operations class