USC Price School of Public Policy

NAUT 002abx Advanced Deepwater Cruising

Senior Skipper / Advanced Senior Skipper
Offered Fall and Spring
Wednesday 4:00pm to 6:00pm (semester-long)

Prerequisite: NAUT 301a and 301b (or equivalent experience)

In both Senior Skipper classes, students are trained for vessel command at sea. Students will crew as Watch Captains (essentially teaching assistants) with the 301a and 301b classes. It is encouraged that as many of these trips be made as possible. Ultimately, enrollments will dictate the exact number of voyages, but each Senior Skipper student should plan to crew on at least 2 voyages with the 301a class.

The classroom seminar format covers a variety of topics, including safety, marlinspike seamanship, navigational rules and regulations, first aid, CPR, advanced navigation problems, celestial navigation, command and vessel operations, damage control, marine engines and advanced marine weather. Field trips are arranged to a boat yard, sail loft, fiberglass boat factory, life raft inspection station, local electronics shop, and a safety at sea seminar.

NAUT 002ax is offered in the Fall semester; 002bx in the Spring. While either class may be taken first, there are benefits to taking them in order.

Vessel Command Skills
Advanced Navigation
Advanced Marine Weather
Boat Handling (Including Man Overboard recovery)

CNET Skills Profile for Advanced Senior Skipper Course (302b)
Mission: To train students at the advanced level to take command of vessel up to 50’ issuing orders and conducting the vessel safely at sea, awareness of environmental responsibility, marine weather judgments, judgments of vessel and equipment adequacy, refined sail trim, damage control and safety at sea, equipment use, applied rules of the road, day shape and light identification and their bearing in collision avoidance precautions, as well as emergency procedures.

Profile Statement: Skills Taught

  1. Demonstrate ability to command a large cruising sail vessel at sea both day and night, issuing orders in an appropriate and judicious manner.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of practical and applied techniques with regard to environmental protection including waste disposal, bilge effluents, use of bottom antifouling paints, etc.
  3. Demonstration of skill in identification of various weather conditions and appropriate measures taken in the command and conduct of the vessel at sea, use of storm sails and low visibility signals in fog.
  4. Demonstrated ability to discern adequacy and condition of vessel equipment including rigging, hull condition, engine condition, and adequacy of operational systems and safety gear.
  5. Discuss and demonstrate towing equipment and theory as well as jury rig techniques to meet various emergency situations.
  6. Identify key elements in various damage control situations and apply appropriate practical measures to adequately address the damage control problem.
  7. Identify the vessel operating environment with regard to lights and day shapes, and collision avoidance and take appropriate measures to adequately command the vessel in these situations.
  8. Demonstrate the ability to identify various specific problems regarding the engine and mechanical propulsion system and to rectify the problems in an appropriate and seamanlike manner.
  9. Identify the main elements of a vessel construction indicating the purpose of these elements relevant to the nature of laws of physics governing the vessel.
  10. Conduct a complete man overboard drill, using a floating marker, including alarm and precautions to prevent man overboard, and practical retrieval procedures.
  11. Review and demonstrate techniques in organization of crew and maintaining crew teamwork. Define the relevant work stations.
  12. Demonstrate appropriate navigational and vessel record keeping and watch keeping procedures.
  13. Indicate the proper course of action to be taken in various human casualty and bodily harm situations and methods of prevention of such accidents aboard.