1716 | Watchkeeping (Operational Level)

Price: $2,700.00
Course Number: 1716
Course Length: 120 hours, In-Person
Location: Norfolk, Virginia
Minimum Class Size: 2
Maximum Class Size: 4

Please bring picture ID on first day of class

Course Description

BEFORE this course, we recommend taking:

  • Radar Observer Unlimited (1700)
  • ARPA (1703), ECDIS (1780)
  • Terrestrial & Coastal Navigation (1706)

Any applicant who has successfully completed our Watchkeeping (Operational Level)(MIDATL-548) course will satisfy:

  • The Watchkeeping and SMCP training requirements of 46 CFR 11.309(a)(4)(ix) for an STCW endorsement as Officer in Charge of a Navigational Watch on vessels of 500 or more gross tonnage (ITC) and 46 CFR 11.319(a)(4)(iii) for an STCW endorsement as Officer in Charge of a Navigational Watch on vessels of less than 500 gross tonnage (ITC); AND,
  • The Bridge Resource Management training requirements of 46 CFR 11.309(a)(4)(vii), 11.319(a)(4)(vii) and 11.321(a)(3)(iv); AND
  • The Leadership and Teamworking Skills requirements of 46 CFR 11.309(c)(1), 11.319(b)(1), 11.321(b)(1) and 11.329(c); AND
  • The following practical assessments performed during this course have been determined to be equivalent of National Assessment Guidelines Tasks, as documented in:
    • NVIC 12-14 For Officer In Charge Of A Navigational Watch on Vessels of 500 GT or more;
      1.A, 2.1.B, 2.1.C, 2.1.D, 2.1.E, 2.1.F, 2.1.G, 2.2.A, 2.2.B, 2.2.C, 2.2.D, 2.2.E, 2.3.A, 2.3.B, 2.3.C, 2.4.A, 2.5.A, 2.6.A, 2.7.A, 2.7.B, 2.7.C, 2.7.D, 2.7.E, 2.7.F, 2.7.G, 12.1.A, 12.2.A, 12.3.A, 7.1.A, 17.1.A, 18.1.A, 18.2.A, and 18.3A, AND
    • NVIC 13-14 For Master and Officer in Charge of a Navigational Watch less than 500 GT Near Coastal: 1.4.B, 1.4.C, 1.5.A; 1.6.A; 1.6.B; 1.6,C; 2.1.A; 2.1.B; 2.1.C; 2.1.D; 2.1.E; 2.1.F; 2.1.G; 2.2.A; 2.2.B; 2.2.C; 2.2.D; 2.2.E; 2.2.F; 2.3.A; 2.3.B; 2.4.A, 3.7.A, 7.1.A, 7.2.A and 12.1.A.

Applicants who have successfully completed this course need not present completed Task Control Sheets for these assessments in application for STCW certification.

Course Objective

The objective of this course is to instruct the student in the areas relevant to; maintaining a safe navigational watch, application of leadership and teamworking skills, and Bridge Resource Management. The syllabus and completion of the course will satisfy the requirements of 46 CFR 11.309(a)(4)(vii); 11.319(a)(4)(vii)(ix); 11.321(a)(3)(iv) and 11.329(a)(4)(iv) and (c) and the requirements of the Seafarer’s Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) Code as amended, Section A-II/1 & A-II/3.

The course is to instruct the student in the areas relevant to Watchkeeping, Bridge Resource Management – AND – Leadership and Teamwork, in doing so, satisfy company, national and international regulations as stated in Standards of Training Certification and Watchkeeping tables- A – II/1, A-II/3, and section B-VIII/2, for competence in knowledge of the following:

Table A-II/1 Specification of minimum standard of competence for officers in charge of a navigational watch on ships of 500 gross tonnage or more

Navigation at the operational level

Maintain a safe navigational watch

Knowledge, Understanding, and Proficiency:


  • Thorough knowledge of the content, application and intent of the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, 1972, as amended
  • Thorough knowledge of the Principles to be observed in keeping a navigational watch
  • The use of routing in accordance with the General Provisions on Ships’ Routing
  • The use of information from navigational equipment for maintaining a safe navigational watch
  • Knowledge of blind pilotage techniques
  • The use of reporting in accordance with the General Principles for Ship Reporting Systems and with VTS procedures

Bridge resource management

  • Knowledge of bridge resource management principles, including:
  1. Allocation, assignment, and prioritization of resources
  2. Effective communication
  3. Assertiveness and leadership
  4. Obtaining and maintaining situational awareness
  5. Consideration of team experience

Use the IMO Standard Marine Communication Phrases and use English in written and oral form

Knowledge, Understanding. and Proficiency:

English language

  • Adequate knowledge of the English language to enable the officer to use charts and other nautical publications, to understand meteorological information and messages concerning ship’s safety and operation, to communicate with other ships, coast stations and VTS centers and to perform the officer’s duties also with a multilingual crew, including the ability to use and understand the IMO Standard Marine Communication Phrases (IMO SMCP).

Controlling the operation of the ship and care for persons on board at the operational level

Application of leadership and team working skills

Knowledge, Understanding, and Proficiency

  • Working knowledge of shipboard personnel management and training
  • A knowledge of related international maritime conventions and recommendations, and national legislation
  • Ability to apply task and workload management, including:
  1. planning and co-ordination
  2. personnel assignment
  3. time and resource constraints
  4. prioritization
  • Knowledge and ability to apply effective resource management:
  1. Allocation, assignment, and prioritization of resources
  2. Effective communication onboard and ashore
  3. Decisions reflect consideration of team experiences
  4. Assertiveness and leadership, including motivation
  5. Obtaining and maintaining situational awareness

Required Course Tools:

Texas Instruments TI-30Xa Scientific Calculator: $16.00


01/31/2022 – 02/18/2022

Check-in Time Starts at: 7:00 a.m.
Class Starts at: 8:00 a.m.

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