ASA 104 – WATCH CAPTAIN
As watch captain, you’re trained to supervise a watch section sailing an offshore-capable, inboard auxiliary powered sailing vessel with a qualified skipper, e.g., D-Cruising Skipper (D-CS), aboard during continuous passages across unfamiliar waters, day, night, and in reduced visibility in protected to moderate wind and sea conditions.
ASA 101 and 103
TEXTS AND MATERIALS:
ASA Bareboat Cruising Made Easy (included)
- US Coast Guard, Navigation Rules: International-Inland, version M16672.2D
- John Rousmaniere, The Annapolis Book of Seamanship.
- Charts 12270 and 12282
- Complete the Watch Captain Personnel Qualification Standard (PQS) as defined in the US Naval Sailing Association’s “Local and Offshore Qualification Standards for Large Sail-Training Craft.” The instructor will provide a copy of WC checklist for each student to complete.
- 12 hours of classroom training.
- After award of Senior Crew Qualification, a minimum of 48 daylight hours underway on a watch of which at least 16 hours are under sail and a minimum of 12 night hours underway on a watch of which at least 6 hours are under sail, aboard an offshore-capable sailing vessel generally greater than 35 feet in length.
- Demonstrate practical knowledge to supervise operations aboard a sailing vessel.
- Demonstrate 8-hours of leadership through training assistance on Senior Crew cruises – obtained in 4-hour increments.
- Not required, but highly recommended, that each student provides current certification in First Aid and CPR.
- Successful completion of a marlinspike seamanship exam.
- Successful completion of Rules of the Road (ROR) exam.
PERFORMANCE ITEMS INCLUDE:
leadership, rules of the road, look out, handling the helm, navigation, sail trim, marlinspike seamanship, boat control, docking, heavy-weather sailing; overboard recovery, safety and emergency procedures, anchoring, mooring, and rafting.
A schedule of class dates is available on the ANSA calendar.
$600 which includes required ASA textbook, ASA certification, classroom, on the water trainingand ANSA membership (single). Optional Nighttime sails required to receive USNS Watch Captain Certification is NOT included.
Email the Rear Commodore for Training (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call the principal instructor Jim Openshaw (410-531-2107).