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December 2011

Crewing 101

10 things crews should know

All crew members should have some basic skills before heading out on the water. Here are 10 things your crew should know:

  1. Location of life jackets and fire extinguishers
  2. Basic operation of the VHF radio
  3. How to start and stop an engine
  4. Location and operation of seacocks
  5. Basic understanding of controls
  6. How to locate your position on paper and electronic charts
  7. How to identify and follow a channel
  8. How to bring a boat close to a dock
  9. How to respond to a man-overboard situation
  10. When not to help

If you don’t feel confident teaching your crew these skills, encourage them to take the Partner in Command seminar at a squadron near you, or encourage them to take the Practical On the Water Training seminar when it’s offered in your area.

 

 

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