Not so lazy Sundays for trainees


If you are using this blog to help decide if life at sea is for you, then the following is a little description of what you can expect to be doing with your time on a Sunday at sea!



Firstly, a little for those unfamiliar with the trainee (cadet) program; a cadet not only has a structured learning program whilst at college, they also have a training portfolio of tasks and reports. They have to complete these under the supervision of a qualified officer of that discipline. That officer assumes the role of teacher, supervisor and assessor.


Back in the good old days ( I’m 25) cadets had a set of specific reports to write on a wide range of subjects, spanning right across the board ensuring certain aspects of a job are covered, without these reports and tasks completed a cadet could not qualify.
Now the system has changed, whereby a cadet has to make a judgement on what to write down in the form of a   ‘comprehensive’ workbook. Basically without the right direction from the on board training officer it’s easy for them to go on a tangent or simply just not do enough to show competence and understanding!
I very much enjoy being designated training officer and I’ve yet to have a cadet that I’ve given up on!! If I am your training officer your Sunday will compromise of the following:
0800 get up for breakfast or have a lie in, I don’t care! Put your washing on, change your bedding and head to the bridge for 0900
0900- speak to the duty OOW and discuss the work you intend to do.
0915-1200 -do it!
1200-1300-enjoy your lunch
1300-1500– continue report writing/study
1500-1530– show me the work you have done, I will the give you a past orals report to go away and research the answers!
1730-1800 enjoy your dinner
1800-1845 orals prep.  / Q&A Exam

I will mark/correct/advise on the reports you have completed in the day during my night watch and get it back to you for the morning. We do the same on Wednesday’s.
To some that might sound harsh or too structured but cadets can start at age 16 and if yo get them into a good routine they often perform very well and after all they are onboard to learn.
I hope that was insightful
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Comments (2)
  1. That is harsh Spence. You need to give them a little let up and shore leave on a Sunday.

    • Ha! It goes with out saying if we are near port on any day then shore leave is mandatory, if I catch cadets on board when we are alongside they will be put to work! I’ve even been known to pay for the taxi fare!!

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