Training

January 26th, 2013 - Posted by The Mariner
This post is about the final exam* we have to pass in order to become fully qualified Officers, the dreaded “orals” an oral exam conducted by a Master Mariner. The following is my recollection of my exam taken in 2009, which feels like a millennium ago now! Engineer cadets also...
January 24th, 2013 - Posted by The Mariner
BAR. Is the usual place onboard for people to relax and socialise together and have a few beers. Some may care to relax more than others, overindulgence (the engineers!!) followed by the inability to get up in the morning for work means you may not be allowed any more beer for a period of ...
January 24th, 2013 - Posted by The Mariner
SEA WATCHES. Do not be late. Uniform during the day and clean casual clothes at night, unless it’s stations, then it’s uniform again. Always have a large notebook on the bridge with you to write copious notes, it makes things so much easier. Nobody believes a cadet when they say “I...
January 24th, 2013 - Posted by The Mariner
STUDY. We know you have an awful lot to do. We will all help you, encourage you and teach you. You are entitled to a minimum of eight hours study a week; this really applies when away from the coast and when things are a bit quieter. Keep a record of your study time and […]...
January 22nd, 2013 - Posted by The Mariner
CABIN. Your cabin is your own space and you are to keep it clean and tidy. Feel free to add a little bit of character, posters, plants, pictures etc. Do not bang nails into the bulkhead please. Your cabin is one of the few places on board you may smoke freely, the bar is the […]...
January 22nd, 2013 - Posted by The Mariner
Welcome onboard, Get settled in your cabin, you’ll be shown around the ship soon, promptly forgetting most of what you see and are told. Always carry your small notebook, we all have them, and learn to write down anything you think relevant and can read up on later, or are told to write ...
January 22nd, 2013 - Posted by The Mariner
The world of the Deck Cadet,   Once upon a time I posted about what a trainees Sunday schedule would be like under my wing and it got a surprisingly good response, obviously I’m not that harsh after all! Today’s post is a big one, it’s something that I have used for ...