Apprentice

Apprentice requirements

1. Ideals


a. Qualify as a member of your Sea Scout ship by taking part in the ship’s admission ceremony. b. Repeat from memory and discuss with an adult leader, an Able Scout, or a Quartermaster Scout the Scout Oath and Law and the Sea Promise, and agree to carry out the provisions of your ship’s code and bylaws.


c. Demonstrate acceptable courtesies used aboard a Sea Scout vessel.


d. Demonstrate the proper procedure for boarding a Sea Scout vessel and landship.


e. With other Sea Scouts, friends or family members, complete the Personal Safety Awareness Training for BSA’s Older Youth Programs led by an adult leader or designee. The adult conducting the program should follow the program guidelines found in www.seascout.org/leader-resources in order to complete this requirement.

2. Active Membership


a. Provide evidence that you are fulfilling your financial obligations to your ship, including helping with fundraisers.


b. Obtain a Sea Scout uniform. Describe the Sea Scout uniform. Tell how and when to wear the uniform.


c. Meet your ship’s bylaws requirement for active participation in your ship’s meetings and activities for three months.


3. Leadership


a. Describe your ship’s organization, including the youth and adult leadership positions.


b. Demonstrate your ability to identify insignia of youth and adult leadership positions. Explain the chain of command in your ship.


4. Swimming


a. Demonstrate your ability to swim by doing one of the following: Jump feet first into water over your head, swim 75 yards/meters in a strong manner using one or more of the following strokes: sidestroke, breaststroke, trudgen, or crawl; then swim 25 yards/meters using the elementary backstroke. The 100 yards/meters must be swum continuously and include at least one sharp turn. After completing the swim, rest by floating on your back, remaining as motionless as possible.


or Pass a NAUI, PADI, SDI, or any other Recreational Scuba Training Council Certification Agency’s swim test.


b. Discuss the BSA Safe Swim Defense plan and explain how it is used to protect Sea Scouts and other groups during swimming activities.


5. Safety


a. Explain the uses, advantages, and disadvantages of the various types of Coast Guard–approved life jackets. Demonstrate the proper use and care of life jackets used by your ship. Discuss your state's boating laws as they relate to life jacket wear.


b. Identify visual day and night marine distress signals, and know their location and the proper use for your ship’s vessel(s).


or Know and demonstrate basic hand, paddle, and whistle signals commonly used on paddlecraft trips.


c. Use the Distress Communications Form to demonstrate the procedure to send the following VHF emergency messages: Mayday, Pan Pan, and Security.


d. Know the safety rules that apply to vessels and equipment used by your ship, and safety standards in the use of power tools, machinery, lifting heavy objects, and other safety devices used by your ship.


or Obtain and discuss with your leader or designee, your state’s paddlecraft safety rules for the craft most frequently used by your ship.


e. Obtain a current copy of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary (USCG AUX) or America’s Boating Club (ABC) Vessel Safety Check (VSC) Form online. With an approved Vessel Examiner or an experienced adult leader, perform a VSC on the vessel(s) in use by your Ship. Additionally, obtain,


or create your own, USCG “IF FOUND” sticker(s). Complete the contact information and place it on the vessel(s) used by your Ship. If your Ship’s vessel(s) already displays an “IF FOUND” sticker, verify the contact information is still correct. If not, correct it.


6. Marlinsspike Seamanship

Using both large and small lines, tie and explain the use of the following knots: overhand, square, figure eight, bowline, two half hitches, clove hitch, sheet bend, and cleat hitch, and trucker’s hitch.


7. Boat Handling


a. Name the principal parts of a typical sailboat, runabout, canoe, kayak, SUP, and raft.


b. Describe the identifying characteristics of:

1. A sloop, ketch, yawl, cutter, and schooner

2. An open motorboat and cabin motorboat

3. A touring canoe and whitewater canoe

4. A whitewater kayak and sea kayak

5. Oar frame raft and a paddle raft


c. Demonstrate the ability to use a heaving line.


or While on land, demonstrate the ability to throw a rescue throw bag and hit a four foot-wide target 30 feet (10 meters) away. Then, without hesitation, retrieve the line, and immediately throw it as a coil, and hit a 4 foot-wide target 21 feet (seven meters) away. Finally, retrieve the line and re-stuff the bag.


8. Service


a. Log at least eight hours of work on ship equipment, projects, or activities other than regular ship meetings, parties, dances, or fun events.


b. Participate with your ship for at least eight hours in community service projects. Note: Arrange for this work through the ship’s officers.

Updated with Change 6 – February 2022 . May 29, 2022.

Apprentice resources

1a. Admissions Ceremony

ADMISSION OF NEW MEMBERS, boatswain’s mate New members can be brought in and registered at any time, but in many ships the official admission ceremony for new members is generally carried out during the second ship meeting of each month. This should be an impressive, formal welcome of the new member to the ship and should be scheduled immediately after each new member is registered.

1b. Scout Oath, Law, and Sea Promise

The Scout Oath. On my honor I will do my best To do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; To help other people at all times; and To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.

The Scout Law. A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent.

The Sea Promise. As a Sea Scout I promise to do my best: • To guard against water accidents • To know the location and proper use of the lifesaving devices on every boat I board • To be prepared to render aid to those in need • To seek to preserve the motto of the sea: Women and Children First.

1c. Courtesies Used Aboard

Sea Scout Courtesy. Page 39 of Sea Scout Manual.

https://slideplayer.com/slide/13133195/


1d. Demonstrate the proper procedure for boarding a Sea Scout vessel and landship.

See Landship Ceremonies files below.

1d. Boarding A Vessel and Landship

Formal Boarding of a Sea Scout Vessel or Landship. Page 40 of Sea Scout Manual.

2a. Financial Obligations

Pay your membership fees and any other fees requested by your ship. Participate in ship fundraisers to help the ship collect funds. Report to the ship’s Purser when dealing with any finances in all ship activities. See resources under requirement 3a - Ship’s Organization for the description of the Purser’s role.

2b. Sea Scouts Uniform


2c. Meet your ship’s bylaws requirement for active participation

Sea Scout Ships should have an established set of bylaws, which are reviewed periodically (often yearly). The Sea Scout Quarterdeck should be aware of the bylaws or otherwise should help establish them for the Ship. This is an example of Bylaws from Sea Scout Ship 626.

http://www.sss626.org/bylaws



3b. Identify Insignia

Refer to resources in 3a for the Youth and Adult insignia. There is a general structure or chain of command for a Sea Scout Ship. Nonetheless, individual ships will decide which positions they need to fill. As a minimum, each ship will have a Boatswain and Boatswain’s Mate on the Youth side, working with a Skipper and Mate. This is a chart showing the basic chain of command that can be adapted as needed from ship to ship.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Vnhrd4q3inq7Wgm6leABofxSpGudh5bN/view

4a. Swimming


4b. BSA Safe Swim Defense Plan


4a. Swimming

Jump feetfirst into water over the head in depth. Level off and swim 75 yards in a strong manner using one or more of the following strokes: sidestroke, breaststroke, trudgen, or crawl; then swim 25 yards using an easy, resting backstroke. The 100 yards must be completed in one swim without stops and must include at least one sharp turn. After completing the swim, rest by floating.

https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/Merit_Badge_ReqandRes/Swimming.pdf


4b. BSA Safe Swim Defense Plan

Discuss the BSA Safe Swim Defense plan and explain how it is used to protect Sea Scouts and other groups during swimming activities.


Apprentice 5 (Safety) (1).pdf

Apprentice 5. Safety

Apprentice Requirement 5 (safety). It’s not 100% complete, but a very good usable format for online presentations.

5a. Life Jackets . Video

Explain the uses, advantages, and disadvantages of the various types of Coast Guard–approved life jackets. Demonstrate the proper use and care of life jackets used by your ship. Discuss your state's boating laws as they relate to life jacket wear.

Apprentice #5A-D.pptx

Apprentice 5. Presented by 2020-21 NER Area 5 Quarterdeck


5a, b, c. Marine Safety Equipment


5b. Marine Distress Signals

Sea Scout Marine Flare Demo. Local Sea Scout ship 1212 marine flare educational event.


5c. Distress Communications


Use the Distress Communications Form to demonstrate the procedure to send the following VHF emergency messages: Mayday, Pan Pan, and Security.


Resource Needed. Aug 2022.



5d. Safety Rules.


Know the safety rules that apply to vessels and equipment used by your ship, and safety standards in the use of power tools, machinery, lifting heavy objects, and other safety devices used by your ship.


Resource Needed. Aug 2022.




5e. Vessel Safety Check

Obtain a current copy of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary (USCG AUX) or America’s Boating Club (ABC) Vessel Safety Check (VSC) Form online. With an approved Vessel Examiner or an experienced adult leader, perform a VSC on the vessel(s) in use by your Ship. Additionally, obtain, or create your own, USCG “IF FOUND” sticker(s). Complete the contact information and place it on the vessel(s) used by your Ship. If your Ship’s vessel(s) already displays an “IF FOUND” sticker, verify the contact information is still correct. If not, correct it.

https://www.usps.org/national/vsc/formtool_files/a7012.pdf

http://uscgauxsoportlandme.com/ppages/pvsc/ContactSticker.pdf





6. Knots for the Sea Scout Apprentice Rank


6. Sea Scout Aprentice & Ordinary knots.

LCDR Wayne Stacey, USCG (ret.) demonstrates how to tie Sea Scout Apprentice and ordinary knots.

Coast Guard Auxiliary Sea Scout - AuxScout

7a. Parts of a sailboat

7b. Characteristics of a Sloop, etc.

Describe the identifying characteristics of: 1. A sloop, ketch, yawl, cutter, and schooner 2. An open motorboat and cabin motorboat 3. A touring canoe and whitewater canoe 4. A whitewater kayak and sea kayak 5. Oar frame raft and a paddle raft

  • 7b-2:

Cabin Motorboat – means a vessel propelled by propulsion machinery and providing enclosed spaces inside its structure.

Open Motorboat – means a vessel equipped with propulsion machinery and having an open load carrying area that does not have a continuous deck to protect it from the entry of water.




7b-5: Difference Between an Oar Frame Raft and a Paddle Raft: https://www.oars.com/blog/difference-between-oar-raft-and-paddle-raft/

7c. Heaving Line

Demonstrate the ability to use a heaving line. OR While on land, demonstrate the ability to throw a rescue throw bag and hit a four foot-wide target 30 feet (10 meters) away. Then, without hesitation, retrieve the line, and immediately throw it as a coil, and hit a 4 foot-wide target 21 feet (seven meters) away. Finally, retrieve the line and re-stuff the bag.



8a. Eight Hours of Work.


8b. Eight Hours of Community Service


9. Attend Skipper's Conference

Refer to Page 47 fo the Sea Scout Manual: https://seascout.org/manual-resource-center/

10. Board of Review.

Refer to Page 47 fo the Sea Scout Manual: https://seascout.org/manual-resource-center/