This 10-day course is designed to enhance the potential third mate's decision-making skills as it applies to traffic and voyage planning situations. Practical application of Rules of the Road and development of correct bridge procedures will be emphasized. The course covers preventative actions to avoid close quarters situations in accordance with the COLREGS and watchkeeping procedures including Bridge Resource Management. This course provides the background knowledge needed to gain a thorough understanding of the principles of Maintain a Safe Navigational Watch and provide the candidate with the competence and skills to conduct a navigational watch under all conditions, following the principles of proper bridge resource management. Subjects include: COLREGS, keeping a safe watch at sea, at anchor, and in port, pollution prevention and record keeping. This course aims to meet the mandatory minimum requirements for knowledge, understanding and proficiency in Table A-II/2 of STCW 1995 for the function of navigation at the Officer in Charge of a Navigational Watch on vessels of 500 or more gross tonnage (ITC) level.
Any applicant who has successfully completed this 80-hour Watchkeeping (Operational Level) course will satisfy the Watchkeeping training requirements for certification as Officer in Charge of a Navigational Watch on vessels of 500 or more gross tonnage (ITC); and the Bridge Resource Management training requirements of 46 CFR 10.205(o) and the requirements of Section B-VIII/2, Part 3-1 of the STCW Code.
Course Tools Required
A clear mind ready to learn and retain a large volume of information.
Paper and pencil for note taking
A scientific calculator