This course provides training to mariners seeking their US Coast Guard license as Master 25, 50, or 100 Gross Registered Tons (GRT) upon Great Lakes, Inland and/or Near Coastal waters as specified in 46 CFR Part 10. It satisfies the classroom instruction and examination requirements listed in 46 CFR 10.910, Table 10.910-2 in lieu of taking the examinations at a US Coast Guard Regional Examination Center.
The Master 25, 50, and 100 GRT course is principally intended for candidates for licensing as Master of US Coast Guard inspected vessels of 25, 50 or 100GRT. Ideally students attending this course should have completed a minimum period of one year underway on vessels of appropriate GRT for Inland and/or Great Lakes and two years underway, one of which must have been upon Near Coastal waters, for Near Coastal licenses. Ninety days of that total experience must be acquired during the three year preceding enrollment, and preferably have gained some experience of watch standing on the relevant waters.
This course will also be of value to others operating vessels on the water who may not be seeking US Coast Guard licenses, or whose experience is not up to the minimum requirements established under ideal conditions. Because of this, entry standards can be adjusted to suite the particular circumstances. In most cases, the students for each course will normally have backgrounds that meet or exceed the ideal entry standards stated above.
The course is divided into three sections covering the following topics:
Rules of the Road – 20.5 hours
General – covers the basic rules, definitions and fog signals for both International and Inland Rules
Lights and Shapes – covers all of the possible lighting configurations as well as the day shapes required to be displayed on certain vessels
Steering and Sailing Rules and miscellaneous topics – this section covers the rules concerning meeting, crossing and overtaking situations and the sound signals associated with each as well as the hierarchy and penalty provisions associated with violations of the rules.
Basic Navigation – 28.0 hours
Working with time
Speed, distance and time