Where everything gets a little more complicated and each student accountable and responsible
Basic Coastal Piloting and seamanship
in the beginning of JUNIOR year the class DEMONSTRATES to the teachers there skills, seeing what they need to touch up on and what they can move past. JUNIOR year is when the STUDENTS start their journey into navigation. starting with knowing how to read a compass is the first step, their is true north and magnetic north, sailors use magnetic north so being able to read both and IDENTIfY both, is the most important part of navigating. their are more directions then what most compasses have. most have four points, the most common, north, south, east, and west, however there are exactly thirty two on a compass and each student is expected to know all THIRTY two, and their places. there is a pattern that makes it easier to MEMORIZES all the points. a sailboat is most traditionally PArTnERED with a compass, so going into depth of sail theory, parts of a sail boat, and the equipment on a sail boat is the next step into navigation. when learning sail theory the students are learning wind and tide patterns, what it means to tack AND Jibe ON A SAIL BOAT. SAIL BOATS HAVE been part of human history for as long as humans been on this planet, all vessels we have now are based off the most basic vessel, a sail boat. leaning those things makes a better mariner, and more prepared for unexpected weather changes. in this program, there is a FOCUS and goal of GETTING a certain amount of SEA-TIME. getting SEA-TIME is ESSENTIAL to GETTING a marine license, and moving up in the maritime COMMUNITY. in order to get certain certifications, you need a CERTAIN number of hours at sea, just to be able to QUALIFY for the test or course.
Safety at sea
In this semester of the program the vessel operations JUNIOR class begin on THEIR first aid and cpr red cross certification. CREATING a safer environment for wherever the students decide to work. the students also go through a basic SAFETY training where they learn basic firefighting skills, personal survival, personal safety/social RESPONSIBILITY, and elementary first aid. the students learn about vhf radio communications, federal regulations, and PRACTICAL RADIO procedures. learning what not to do on a recreational vessel is also a NECESSITY for the SAFETY of everyone on a vessel. we study real life cases that happened with RECREATIONAL boats and diagnose what happened, how it could have been prevented, and who takes RESPONSIBLY. not only do we study these real life accidents on RECREATIONAL vessels, but also COMMERCIAL VESSELS. when studying the commercial vessel accidents, we go in depth and INvestigate what exactly happened before and after the accident. the united states coast GUARD is a huge part of a mariners everyday lives. this ORGANIZATION makes every vessel ACCOUNTABLE to follow every law and regulation the united states has on every type of vessel ever made. not only should EVERY MARINER have the REQUIRED EQUIPMENT for their vessel, bu they SHOULD now where they get there stuff from, if the things are coast GUARD regulated or not. we learn that if, for example, you have a life jacket on, HOWEVER its not coast GUARD regulated, and meets the STANDARDS, it is like you don't have a life jacket on in your vessel, and you could get a fine for that. so learning what to buy, and what to avoid not only could save you, it would also save money avoiding a fine. we learn that mariners tend to look out for each other, there are programs set in place for the soul purpose of CREATING RECREATIONAL safe boating AWARENESS. it was ESSENTIALLY a CONSUL of boat owners ADDRESSING issues they might have a solutions to fix the problem. in the maritime world, laws and regulations for RECREATIONAL vessels are there for peoples safety, and when something or someone threatens that SAFETY, we learned that it was alright to speak up about it and fix it. on a boat, there is a very real threat of a person falling over into the water, to increase the survival of that person if fallen in, every mariner needs to be trained in emergency situations like this. we call this the man overboard drill. we use a dummy, named oscar, and throw him overboard at unexpected times. it is up to the crew to quickly figure out who is in charge of what and what there job is to get this person out of the water as soon as possible. the MAXIMUM time to be able to do this is eight minutes. the recovery has to be less then eight minutes or you fail. there could also be on a ship with a huge emergency that required you to get off the vessel. in that case we learn the right way of an ABANDON ship drill, using real mariner equipment that gives us the full effect of what it would be like to have to ABANDON ship. all of these procedures insure the safty of the mariners working on a ship and gives people the skills they might need to save someones life one day.