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    Re: Teaching seamanship
    From: Jim Thompson
    Date: 2004 Oct 14, 06:31 -0300

    Doug, I agree -- there is a world of difference between recreational and
    professional navigation.  But recreational boaters are just that -- in it
    for the fun, on leisure time.  So we need to find the "right" level of
    detail: enough to be safe, but not too much to be overwhelming for our
    purposes.  Recreational courses, although they contain a lot of information,
    are "licenses to learn".  Hence the concern about "getting the word out" to
    lands-persons who can buy a boat with a credit card, and then go to sea.
    On our Squadron website we quote a grizzled Coast Guard bosun: "You can't
    never know enough about the sea".  We are planning an educational evening
    this winter with professional skippers who run the Strait routinely (harbour
    pilot, tug captain, ferry captain, and fishermen), for exactly that
    reason -- to give our members an opportunity to learn from the professionals
    about cruising in these waters.
    The Power & Sail Squadrons in Canada and the USA initially were energized by
    professional sailors, mainly military I think, and PS operational manuals
    are deeply steeped in military and commercial shipping traditions.  Both
    organizations went through huge development stages after both world wars, as
    veterans came home loaded with experience and training.  But over the years
    there are fewer of those kinds of members.  I joined this list in part
    because there are professionals like you and Stacey and others on it.  There
    are few places where we can connect with such experience.  Keep your
    insights coming.
    We do drills on our 30' family power cruiser.  And by necessity the family
    works on evolutions like undocking/docking, anchoring, mooring, etc.  Most
    serious boaters that I know are more or less similar.  As Lisa said, it's
    fun and informal, but obviously with a serious purpose.  That kind of
    ongoing, post-course activity is promoted in CPS courses.
    Jim Thompson
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    > -----Original Message-----
    > From: Navigation Mailing List on Behalf Of Royer, Doug
    > 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"

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