Watchkeeping (Operational Level)


Course Summary:

This course is principally intended for candidates who seeking an endorsement as OICNW. Although there are no pre-requisites, it is highly suggested that the student have had a course in terrestrial and coastal navigation, Radar, and ARPA. Students must possess plotting skills necessary for chart work and be able to read, write, and perform math functions.

Course Length:

5 Days

Class Size:

6 Students

Pre-Registration is Required





Course Details:

Each student who has successfully completes this 40 hour Watchkeeping course with a passing grade on the Rules of the Road and Simulator Assessments and presents the Certificate of completion will meet the mandatory minimum requirements for knowledge, understanding and proficiency in Table A-II/1 of STCW 2010 as amended and 46 CFR 11.309(a)(4)(ix), for the function of navigation at the Officer in Charge of a Navigational Watch (OICNW) on vessels of 500 GT or more and 46 CFR 11.319(a)(4)(iii), for an STCW endorsement as OICNW on vessels of less than 500 GT. The practical assessments conducted in this course will be accepted as the equivalent of assessments in NVIC 12-14


In order to successfully complete this course, each candidate must obtain the required passing rate as outlined in NVIC13-14: · Identify 9 out of 10 on lights, 9 out of 10 on dayshapes, 4 out of 5 on sound signals; · Operate the vessel within the given parameters during the three simulation examinations: o Determine if the bearing to an approaching vessel is appreciably changing and each observation is within +/- 2°; o Determines a crossing situation and maneuvers the vessel to achieve a CPA of at least 1.0nm; o Determines a meeting situation and maneuvers the vessel to achieve a CPA of at least 1.0nm.

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