Qualified Seamanship Course

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Contents

Section One — Aids to Navigation

  1. Aids to navigation
  2. The buoyage system
  3. Use of various buoys
  4. Storm warnings—publications and charts
  5. Other storm warnings
  6. Daymarks on vessels
  7. Dredges, moored vessels, and towing
  8. Daymarks, beacons, minor lights, and ranges
  9. Intracoastal waterway markings, buoys, and aids
  10. Lightships and lighthouses
  11. Radio beacons
  12. Government publications—tide tables, Notice to Mariners, etc.

Section Two — Rules of the Road

  1. Purpose of rules of the road
  2. Danger zone, right of way
  3. Sound signals
  4. Lights
  5. Orders to the helmsman

Section Three — Seamanship

  1. Lookout
  2. Bearings, reporting
  3. Taking soundings
  4. Marlinspike seamanship
  5. Types and use of anchors

Section Four — Safety

  1. Necessary equipment
  2. Hazards
  3. Hull inspection
  4. Firefighting
  5. Proper fueling
  6. Life jackets
  7. Charts
  8. Weather
  9. Man overboard drill—class project
  10. Grounding
  11. First aid

Section Five — Piloting

  1. The compass—description and use
  2. Compass boxing contest
  3. Operating by visual aids
  4. Working a course

Section Six — Charts

  1. Definition of charts
  2. Orientation and dividers
  3. Chart symbols
  4. Speed, distance, and time

Section Seven — Safe Boating

  1. Operation
  2. Principles of sailing
  3. Powerboat operation

Section Eight — Operating a Boat

  1. Demonstrate proper operation of a sailboat or a powerboat.
    1. Safety checklist
    2. Emergency procedure
    3. Handling lines
    4. Correct anchoring
    5. Use a chart—lay out a course
    6. Operate the boat in a proper manner and make a correct landing.
  2. Conclusion—Present Qualified Seaman Bar, No. 04053, to those successfully completing the course.
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