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U.S POwer boating
In this course the first thing we learn are the design and different types of vessels, both recreational and COMMERCIAL. not only are their COMMERCIAL and RECREATIONAL vessel differences, but there is an outboard and inboard engine differences, knowing which is which, and the way they look makes you more aware of what vessel you are on as a mariner.an OUTBOARD engine on a vessel is when you are able to see the motor visibly, you mostly see theses types of engines on small RECREATIONAL power boats. while an inboard engine is the opposite, you would not be able to the engine visibly, you would need to either pull up a hatch in the vessel, or travel down below to see the engine, mostly on COMMERCIAL vessel such as a cargo ship. as SENIORS they begin to build on what the basic skills they have. they need to demonstrate the proper use of a cleat, hitch, fair leads, coiling, heaving line and working with line under strain. in this course the goal is to out underway as much as possible, the students need to know all aspects of trip planning and PREPARATION. one aspect of checking a vessel in order to underway, their needs to be an engine check, SOPHOMORE year we learn how to an engine check on a basic level, SENIOR year we build on this engine check and add the examination of the prop walk, steering, and thrust; all affecting the steering. since the students have DEMONSTRATED a clear understanding of basic seamanship, it is time to think bigger. this is the time where the SENIORS are the ones in charge. they drive the boat THEMSELVES, docking and undocking, commanding the line handlers, starting up the end and turning it off. as an effective mariner, it is best if you already know laws and regulations on a vessel so it is easier to spot a mistake before getting underway. on the water knowing the weather is one of the most IMPORTANT of being o the WEATHER, you need to know the FORECAST, tides and currents whenever your on the water. the SENIORS learn EXACTLY how weather can COMPLETEly flip a mariners plan and how IMPORTANT it. the school has EQUIPPED the vessel operations program with a BRIDGE simulator. it is ESSENTIALLY a video mariners in training use as a tool to practice their skills without the danger of something going wrong i real life. if you where to make a mistake hopefully it would be on the simulator, you can't hurt yourself or others on the water in the simulator. since the students would most LIKELY not have the PRIVILEGE of practicing towing a vessel on an actual tow boat on a given day, we have the next best thing, a towing simulation. with this tow SIMULATION the students learn so much of what the simulator is capable of, and much more then what they IMAGINED. FINELY they are tested to RECEIVE THEIR U.S power boating license.