Find a Ship Special Opportunities Award

Qualified Seamanship Course (Sea Scouts)

  • Section One

    Aids to Navigation

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      Aids to navigation

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      The buoyage system

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      Use of various buoys

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      Storm warnings—publications and charts

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      Other storm warnings

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      Daymarks on vessels

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      Dredges, moored vessels, and towing

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      Daymarks, beacons, minor lights, and ranges

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      Intracoastal waterway markings, buoys, and aids

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      Lightships and lighthouses

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      Radio beacons

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      Government publications—tide tables, Notice to Mariners, etc.

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  • Section Two

    Rules of the Road

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      Purpose of rules of the road

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      Danger zone, right of way

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      Sound signals

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      Lights

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      Orders to the helmsman

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  • Section Three

    Seamanship

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      Lookout

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      Bearings, reporting

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      Taking soundings

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      Marlinspike seamanship

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      Types and use of anchors

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  • Section Four

    Safety

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      Necessary equipment

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      Hazards

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      Hull inspection

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      Firefighting

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      Proper fueling

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      Life jackets

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      Charts

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      Weather

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      Man overboard drill—class project

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      Grounding

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      First aid

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  • Section Five

    Piloting

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      The compass—description and use

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      Compass boxing contest

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      Operating by visual aids

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      Working a course

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  • Section Six

    Charts

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      Definition of charts

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      Orientation and dividers

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      Chart symbols

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      Speed, distance, and time

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  • Section Seven

    Safe Boating

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      Operation

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      Principles of sailing

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      Powerboat operation

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  • Section Eight

    Operating a Boat

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      Demonstrate proper operation of a sailboat or a powerboat.

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        Safety checklist

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        Emergency procedure

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        Handling lines

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        Correct anchoring

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        Use a chart—lay out a course

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        Operate the boat in a proper manner and make a correct landing.

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      Conclusion—Present Qualified Seaman Bar, No. 04053, to those successfully completing the course.

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