Mariner Training - Course Description

Seamanship - Total 120 Hours

Deck General (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 (12 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".
Meteorology/Oceanography (14 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.
Underway Boat Handling - Total 64 Hours
Vessel Maneuvering, Handling & Practical Assessments (36 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.  While onboard the training vessels, students are required to provide their own deck shoes and Type I Coast Guard Approved PFD. 
Simulator Practical Exercises (12 hours) - Simulated exercises incorporating "real world" vessel conditions, vessel traffic, obstacles and lack of visibility.
Navigational Assessments & Practical Exercises (16 hours) - Assessment & sign off of competencies by qualified instructors through practical demonstration of skills by students as listed in log book and assessment sheets.

Navigation & Position Determination - Total 96 Hours

Piloting and Coastal Navigation (34 hours) - The art of conducting a vessel through channels, harbors and along coasts. Once familiar with nautical charts and the marine compass, students are shown various methods of accurately establishing a vessel’s position, and projecting later positions by means of deduced reckoning. Further study will cover the effects of currents and tides, publications and tables followed by practical underway navigation runs.
Electronic Navigation & Communications (28 hours) - Includes the theory and operation of marine electronic equipment such as VHF and SSB radios, GPS, Radar, weather FAX and Chart Plotters. Practical applications are taught in both the electronics lab and onboard training vessels.
Compass Principles (2 hours) - The princples of compass operation, deviation tables and error correction.
Navigation Rules (24 hours) - Comprehensive study of Nautical Rules of the Road designed to prepare students for the safe & competent operation of vessels on inland & international waters.
Watchkeeping Principles (4 hours) - The correct procedure to adopt when standing watch.  Helm responsibilities and observation techniques.
Aids to Navigation (4 hours) - Identification and understanding of the use of Aids to Navigation on waterways.

Boat & Engine Maintenance - Total 72 Hours

Basic Engines (34 hours) - Provides a practical understanding of the operation and routine maintenance of basic mechanical systems aboard vessels, with emphasis on diesel and gasoline inboard engines.  The subject matter is presented in the classroom and demonstrated in Chapman School's engine ship facility and on our vessels.
Boat Maintenance (8 hours) - Practical “hands on” instruction in basic boat repair and prevention.  . Topics include varnishing and painting techniques, fiberglass care and repair, caulking/maintenance of wooden hulls. 
Engineering Systems (30 hours) - A "hands-on" crawl through practical approach to learning and maintaining various electrical/mechanical systems onboard most vessels. The training includes identification, tracking, drawing and developing inspection and maintenance procedures for equipment such as engines, generators, water makers, air conditioners, AC/DC distribution systems, fresh and hot water systems, waste systems, galley equipment, steering and control systems, and many other systems found throughout a vessel.  Cargo operations, pollution prevention and trailering are also covered.