Master’s Seamanship and Navigation, Level III
USCG Merchant Mariners Masters Credential Preparation Course
Academic Units: 2
Offered: Fall Semester
Prerequisite(s): Nautical Science 001A and 001B
Contact Hours: Total 240 hrs.
Campus Lectures – 28 hours
Sea-time Laboratories – 208 hours:
8-hour Skipper Preparedness Training Laboratories
Two-day (24 hours) Performance Boat I Sail Training
8-hour Practical Instruction Sail
24 hours (2 days) NROTC Midshipmen Crew Training
24 hours (2 days) 1st Mate Training Sail
48 hours (4 days) 2nd Mate Training Voyages
48 hours (4 days) 1st Mate crew on 001A Voyages
4-hours Navy Ship Day WWII Destroyer “Iowa”
8-hours aboard working offshore supply ship “Robyn J”
4-hours aboard working container ship in port
8-hours 1st Mate for Dockside Demonstrations
4-hours “Maritime Preservation Trust” tour
USC Campus for weekly lectures. Ports of LA and Long Beach for voyages and laboratories.
Maritime navigation, charting, piloting and electronic instrumentation are the primary focuses of this course. Students also learn the history of ancient navigation used by early mariners from around the world. They practice traditional navigation methods using a variety of techniques and tools to calculate positions on paper charts, many of these methods are still in use aboard ship today. The foundation of navigation is rooted in mathematics, geometry and trigonometry, students learn to apply these disciplines in a variety of ways to become proficient navigators. Successful students learn to apply other disciplines such as; astronomy, meteorology and physics in a variety of techniques. Modern day marine electronics dominate navigation aboard the bridge of a ship in the 21st century, students learn about the scientific concepts these devises are based upon and then practice the operation of these systems aboard a working sailing ship at sea. Successful students leave this course as competent navigators, able to safety operate their vessel day or night or in a variety of meteorological conditions. Students also become proficient in the application of Coast Guard rules and admiralty laws governing the piloting of vessels through busy shipping ports and among the commercial traffic of coastal waterways and harbors.
Additionally, this course covers marine safety, marlinspike seamanship, U.S. Coast Guard piloting rules and regulations, command/vessel operations, damage control, advanced marine meteorology and aspects of celestial navigation. This course is also designed and accredited by United States Coast Guard to prepare license track students for the rigors of the federal merchant mariners licensing examination.
At-Sea laboratories will include practical application of advanced sail training and handling skills, advanced vessel maneuvering skills under both power and sail, application of advanced navigation and piloting skills, operation of navigational marine electronics, advanced anchoring, docking and mooring skills.
Students gain knowledge and understanding of the following vessel command skills:
Concurrent Enrollment: Special dispensations for concurrent enrollment may be discuss in person and are based on experience and approval by the Nautical Science Program Administrator.
This course is certificated by the United States Coast Guard for license track students pursuing a “Merchant Mariners Masters Credential” (USCG Certificate UNIVSC-155).