There are four ranks which can be earned within Sea Scouts; Apprentice, Ordinary, Able and Quarter Master. Quarter Master is the Sea Scout equivalent to the Boy Scouts’ Eagle Scout rank and is a very prestigious accomplishment. The timetable to achieve each rank is roughly as follows:
Apprentice: One full Season
Ordinary: Two full Seasons
Able: Three full seasons
Quarter Master: Varies
FALL 2012 ‘OUT OF CLASS’ RANK ADVANCEMENT REQUIREMENTS PROGRAM
ATTENTION MARINERS! TAKE THE ORDINARY RANK OUT OF CLASS BOATING SAFETY COURSE:
WHO: Every Mariner seeking Ordinary rank. Note: if you did your Ordinary with the old spiral-bound book you are exempt because it was not a requirement at that time.
WHY: This is an Ordinary rank out of class requirement
WHAT: A Boating Safety Course (Requirement #14): successfully complete a boating safety course approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) offered by one of the following agencies: a state boating agency, the United States Power Squadrons <http://www.usps.org/> , the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary <http://www.cgaux.org/> , or other private or military education courses
HOW: I recommend you do one of the following two options, which are at no cost to you. It is suggested that this would be something great for all of you, who have not already done so, to complete early this summer. The courses include much material you already know from your manual and Mariner rank classes. However, just as with driver safety courses, knowledge of additional legal requirements pertaining to boating are also important aspects, which are very important to know. I think you will find the Boating Safety Course very informative. The two options below are not the only ones but the recommended ones. I suggest the first option: Boat US on-line course, as on-line courses keep you going through the material well. The second option is to read a book and take the multiple choice test after, if that is your preference.
- OPTION ONE (PREFFERED): Boat US free On-Line California Boating Safety Course: http://www.boatus.org/onlinecourse/California.asp
- OPTION TWO: CA Department of Boating and Waterways – This is the link to the California Boating Book. You read the book and take a 50-question test, mail it in and get a certificate. http://www.dbw.ca.gov/PDF/DBWBoatCourse.pdf
WHEN: Take the BOATING SAFETY COURSE AS SOON AS YOU CAN
Once you have completed the course, please present your certificate to Mr. Buggert, Mr. Johnson, Bucky or your classroom instructor to have the requirement signed off. Please take the time to complete this requirement early this summer.