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    Teaching seamanship
    From: Doug Royer
    Date: 2004 Oct 13, 17:48 -0700

    Lisa Fiene asked a few questions about the teaching methods or curriculum
    taught to boater now days.
    Do you want to know what is being taught to recreational blowboaters and
    stinkpot operators?
    Or do you want to know what is being taught to REAL professional personnel?
    The differance between what the two groups are taught is as night is to
    day.Even the most serious in depth recreational courses don't come close to
    what is taught,nor the subjects covered as in depth,as is taught to
    proffesional personnel.This at best can only be considered as "entry level"
    even after receiving the required passing grades.
    After the commencement of classes is when the REAL lessons and disciplines
    are taught in the professional setting.
    Drills and evolutions,drills and evolutions and then some more drills and
    evolutions while on shipboard duty on a scheduled,continueing basis so that
    everything is 2nd nature is where the real lessons of seamanship are
    How many recreational boaters run drills on a schedule with their crews when
    they venture into the blue ponds of the world?
    If one doesn't use what one is taught in class one loses it.Or at least the
    abitity to accomplish the task correctly and quickly without really thinking
    about it is eroded to the point of worthlessness.

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