Vessel Operations

Prepares students to go into the maritime industry in deck positions. Many students choose career pathways within the passenger vessels, marine transportation, and the tug and barge industry. Students enrolled in the program experience 6 semesters of hands on and practical experience in navigation, safety training and seamanship. Students participate in a robust work based learning program that connect job shadowings, guest speakers and internships.



Sophomore class


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Where everything is all new and exciting


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


junior Class



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.




senior Class



No time for Senoritas, get ready for internships


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 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.




the SENIORS begin to start applying for the CTE INTERNSHIP. they begin with the resume workshops and help, next is the job application PROCESS, then learning the COMMUTATIONS of a workplace and how to present and carry themselves in a professional environment. the students need to DECIDE which INTERNSHIP they would enjoy the best, with insights from teachers and classmates, decides on what they think would be the best for themselves. then once in the internship, and through the job interview process, the students are COMPLETEly responsible for the follow up for the work place. shortly after they have their job placement. some of the OPPORTUNITIES the senors have are:



Waterfront club



An after school program extended to everyone in the harbor school


This program is an EXTENSION to the vessel operations CTE. it is an after school club so anyone can JOIN, freshman, and every student from any other cte. this is where the vessel operations students can build to their KNOWLEDGE of what they learned in class. teaching and playing a leadership role of helping the freshman and showing them the ropes of being a mariner. this where the vessel operations show teachers their dedication and dependablity in the class. the students are able to go on trips after school and on weekends.