There is an exciting voyage awaiting 32 members of LHS&PS, and I am speaking to those in our Squadron who have yet to take the Seamanship course, the first leg of a marvelous voyage in boating education. We offered and publicized this course in the early spring; however, only one member signed up, and we had to cancel. This was an opportunity missed for him, but also for the other 31 who are eligible.
Consider The Benefits
We’re going to try again to hold a Seamanship class, and we’d like you 32 to consider just some of the benefits of taking this course:
Camaraderie. You might not think I would rank this first, but here’s the reason. By taking this class together, you will get to know each other pretty well, and you’ll regret when the last class and exam come around. However, it might even bind your resolve to stick together and take the next course! This camaraderie also spills over into other aspects of Squadron activities, making more fun for all!
Boating Know-How. If you liked America’s Boating Course, you’ll love Seamanship. It’s a more in-depth look at the ABC topics presented. You’ll be more safe and confident in all aspects of your boating activities. It’s also a good expansion of the know-how your received in Partner In Command, making you more qualified and confident to stand in for the skipper if necessary.
Damage Control. You’ll understand your boat better, through all aspects of operation and many of maintenance. You’ll have more of your boating dollar available for fun instead of repairs.
What’s Covered And What It Takes
For both sail and power boats, Seamanship covers a wide range of topics, including:
- Types of boats and how they behave on the water
- Anchoring in various conditions
- Docking and line handling
- Close quarter maneuvering
- Rules of the road
- Communication with other boats
- How to respond to various emergencies
- Marlinespike/basic knots
- And other interesting topics
This course is normally completed in 8 two-hour sessions: six sessions of study, one session of review and one session for the exam. We hold the class at Cabelas, and you can take it for $XX. If you prefer to take the class online, you can register here; the discounted cost is $90 for members.
Are you 32 ready to embark on your voyage? If so, email our SEO, Lt/C Christopher Rose, SN-IN, or call him at 864 281-9774.