X marks the SPOT

Routine visit to a retail outlet for advanced marine electronics as Pro Staff for a manufacturer recently introduced me to something profound, sitting silently on the shelf.  No one asks what does this do? How do you install it?  Does it do what the promotion says it will?  Answers to all three of those questions a resounding Yes!

The days of terrestrial, ground based communications are a distant second place compared to satellite technology and the advantages of service without borders.  There is such a technology, sitting right in front of you on the shelf of the electronics display at your favorite boating and outdoor sports outlet that absolutely changes everything.  The ability to communicate information any time, any place, a signal from above, loud and clear. You too can make that discovery at http://www.findmespot.com

Lessons Learned – Error Trapping

Navigation is a science of multiple methods and utilities that should all conclude to the same answer.  It is successfully accomplished by what is defined in the assessment curriculum as; Knowledge, Understanding, and Proficiency.  To reach this stage of learning there needs to be an actual experience factor.  That’s where assessments come from and they can be conducted in a few different ways; actually on-board the vessel during operations or by simulation.  The latter choice and process enables something extremely valuable to occur…

Error Trapping, a system making possible a review of the incident or event that will produce Lessons Learned and help prevent it from happening again.  The key to all that is dissecting each time component and course of action and change those dynamics to prevent a reoccurrence.  Simulation delivers the exact ingredients to achieve this level of Knowledge, Understanding, and Proficiency in a much profound way; you can replay the incident or event until it is understood completely.  In addition to the increased proficiency it has great affect on the confidence level and decision making of the individual.  How many times have you learned from a mistake, never to repeat it because you know what the consequences are?

This type of education is a very big element of maritime life through a syllabus and training method in Bridge Resource Management (BRM) also a requirement found in the international maritime standards.  Its insight is useful to all boaters, not just commercial and military.  You don’t have to attend a marine ship simulator to discover how to benefit.  To learn the new skill you are striving for; practice and visualize the steps, including errors, of how to accomplish the task over and over and you will see the difference in all aspects of understanding and especially proficiency.

The best part about boating education is not what you learn sitting in class, it is what you remember and apply to your boating experience through Lessons Learned.

Vessel Security Awareness

The requirement under the Standards of Training, Certification, and Watch-Standing (STCW) for professional mariners to complete this training coming soon…or should I say already here!  Some off shore marine companies won’t hire you unless you have it checked off. What is it? The basic course of instruction showing and explaining the organization of a proper, well organized security system comprised of people and technology.  The perfect combination to make the maritime world a safer and especially more secure place.  The even bigger question…Does it work?  Everything has a concept, a start, and awareness is also an integral part of that equation.  The USCG approved syllabus of training is only a brief eight hours and it is a real game changer with it’s standards and eventual return on investment, an investment in your personal safety and security.  It is absolutely true…Knowledge is Power. 

“Blended” License and Certification Training

Blended  An uncommon description and method of training syllabus for USCG License and Certification.  The biggest element of consideration for this type of undertaking is Time and where you will  find it.  Normal in class takes close to 60 hours not counting the study regiment and the license examination.  That cumulative span of time can encompass over two weeks, sometimes more.  The OUPV license includes 4 sections for competency;  Navigation General, Deck General, Chart Plotting, and Rules of the Road.  The last two elements are by far the most difficult and often require in person guidance and tutorial to master the skill sets.  That’s where Blended comes in, the absolute best of both worlds; on-line and in person.  Understanding the training material to successfully pass the examination is a direct link to the ability of the presenter and both methods of delivery produce outstanding results.  US Captain’s Training has one of the best systems for on-line learning incorporating YouTube.  With the addition of in-person sessions by both webinar and class time hone the Chart Plotting confidence and drastically increase awareness and knowledge with total understanding of the Rules of the Road.  Information and life-long learning; more than enough to successfully pass the exams with one special core benefit…improve you as a Professional Mariner.

For commercial, in-land, near coastal, deep water, and heavier tonnage vessel crew, US Captain’s Training also offers AB Seaman Course on-line training with a Blended syllabus.  The savings in Time for both mariner and the companies that employ them is remarkable!

To discover the new, best way to certification and license contact me or http://www.uscaptainstraining.com

Sonar Navigation

It is very uncommon in the maritime domain to ever connect those two words together in a sentence. Sonar, in its current form and private use, is primarily for fish finding, giving incredibly detailed, panoramic views of the bottom directly below your vessel with a very wide variety of options and multi-function displays.  Considered of vital importance to a successful sport fishing trip with ability to gather and apply this information.  Bottom line is; what is beneath your vessel in the unseen depths has always been a mystery when underway on the surface.  Sonar is giving the boater the ability to see what lies directly below and to the sides…only when the vessel is stopped or proceeding very slow through the water.  That translates to underwater information after your vessel has moved over the position it is recording.

There is one single element, remarkable difference, and capability that separates the normal retail version of sonar technology from a very considerable advancement in underwater sensors now available to all mariners called; Forward Scan developed by Navico; http://www.simrad-yachting.com.  This forward-thinking technology provides the ability to quickly gather, process, and graphically display information below the surface of the water ahead of the vessel.  Something once only reserved for naval and other military use, this one specific distinction will forever change the way sonar is perceived and utilized in pleasure, even commercial boating.  This capability expands the sensor from real time to something considerably more valuable and useful…Navigation

By definition http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Navigation covers most of the aspects of this science but one; the profound feature of looking ahead, sub-surface while moving through the water, is something extraordinary that could intelligently and accurately deliver the final advantage to the science of safe navigation.  Complimenting both sail and motor vessels, operators will possess the capability to see obstructions, shallows and other dangers that are ahead of them by as much as 8x the depth of the water they are operating in.  That particular, unique change makes this sensor vitally useful and significant. Grounding and floundering are common in unfamiliar waters, sometimes even when the GPS chart is showing a different picture from the satellite.  Technology application for agencies to use in search and recovery and other operations makes this attribute of sonar a real game changer when it comes to information gathering and processing.  Safe navigation is based on the premise that there is adequate water beneath the keel to allow the vessel to move about.  Now there is a way to get that very same knowledge before you reach that position, providing an effective window ahead of you to accurately pilot and completely assess hidden dangers, making it now a viable component of navigation…Sonar Navigation.

 

Learn The Navigation Rules of the Road

Does not matter the type of vessel, the body of water, or the time of day and visibility…correctly learning and understanding the Navigation Rules of the Road is crucial to your “collision free” time on the water.  There are many ways to accomplish this objective, the best is by actually taking the USCG  license course and pass the examination.  Not a One Day course, but the required number of hours for license, followed by an examination.  Professionally trained instructors delivering a USCG approved syllabus, whether on-line or in class will vastly improve boating safety, benefiting everyone.