Rules of the Road (14 hours) - A comprehensive study of the Nautical Rules of the Road designed to prepare the student for safe and competent operation of vessels on inland and international waters.
Seamanship & Boating Safety (30 hours) - A study of a variety of subjects from basic nautical terminology to the theory of operation of both sail and power driven vessels. This will include voyage planning and provisioning. There will be practical applications in towing, anchoring, firefighting, pyrotechnic and survival equipment.
Marlinspike Seamanship (14 hours) - A hands-on study of bends, hitches, splices, block and tackle, the care and inspection of wire rope, as well as other shipboard "arts of the sea".
Weather (16 hours) - Weather is defined as a science of the atmosphere and its phenomena. It includes the basic principles of meteorology and the practical aspects of oceanography. Also covered are weather warnings and displays, basic cloud formations, the use of a barometer, weather disturbances and storms, winds, waves and swells, and simple forecasting methods.
Boat Handling (60 hours) - Boat handling teaches the theory and operation of power and sail boats. While on board our training vessels, students are instructed in all basic aspects of boat handling and safety procedures, using skills learned in the classroom. This practical training includes dockside procedures, underway maneuvering, anchoring, man overboard drills, including an 8 hour voyage. While onboard the training vessels, students are required to provide their own deck shoes and Type I Coast Guard Approved PFD.