Logout | View Live Site

Management

Maritime Heritage Alliance

Basic crew training

Basic Crew Training

The Basic Crew Training (BCT) program prepares volunteers to sail as deckhands on the Maritime Heritage Alliance’s schooner Madeline. No previous sailing experience is required.

Requirements for basic trainees:

Current membership in the Maritime Heritage Alliance

Be at least 18 years of age. Youths 14-17 years can be trained if partnered with a trainee-parent or other adult, with parental approval.

Be physically capable of carrying out the duties of a deckhand.

Submit $50 materials fee at start of course to cover the cost of the training manual and related materials.

Course Description:

The BCT program includes winter classroom presentations and hands-on, skill training exercises, with a heavy emphasis on hands-on. Trainees are invited to participate in the April/May rigging activities that are required to ready the boat for the sailing season.

Please view the MHA calendar for BCT dates.

 

Advancing to Deck Hand:

Complete BCT winter/spring training

Complete and submit BCT Skills Checklist to lead trainer by September 30, 2017

Complete two Community & Heritage Sails during summer season

Complete a minimum of eight hours of volunteer work for MHA, six hours of on-boat maintenance

Captains review and approve candidate for promotion to Deck Hand at a special meeting of Captains, Mates and trainers. This session is typically scheduled in October after the close of our sailing season. Trainees are notified of decisions following the meeting.

For more information:
Email SchoonerMadelineBCT@gmail.com or call the Maritime Heritage Alliance at 231-946-2647

 

 

 

MORE ABOUT BASIC CREW TRAINING

Basic Crew Training is intended to instruct trainees in the basic skills and knowledge necessary to serve as a deckhand on MHA's tall ship, the Schooner Madeline. No previous sailing experience is required.

Course Description:

*Five classroom sessions

*On-board training conducted on Madeline, including

     -four on-board sessions

     -an overnight in July

     -two Heritage or Community Sails as trainee/deckhand

     -participation in annual boat maintenance work sessions and commissioning/decommissioning

Additional training is required to crew on the other MHA boats. The learning curve is high for new crew members.

Attendance at all classes is expected.

Requirements for basic trainees:

*Current membership in the Maritime Heritage Alliance

*Completion of a minimum of eight hours of volunteer work for MHA, six hours of on-boat maintenance

*Be at least 18 years of age (Youths 14-17 years can be trained if partnered with a trainee-parent or other adult, with parental approval.)

*Be physically capable of carrying out the duties of a deckhand.

Additional requirements:

*Trainees must purchase a copy of the Crew Training Manual for $50 (which also covers other training costs)

*Trainees are encouraged to purchase the following:

     -a good quality knife with a marlinspike

     -a US Coast Guard-approved personal flotation device (PFD)

     -good foul-weather gear

*Crew members purchase and wear a crew shirt while serving as a crew member for Heritage and Community Sails, dockside appearances and programs. We suggest that new crew purchase their PFD after the classroom sessions.

*Trainees and crew members pay their own transportation and food expenses for all MHA Tall Ship events and related activities.

*All crew members are required to maintain a current Health Information form and sign a Release of Liability form.

Training Outcome:

At the conclusion of the classroom and on-board Basic Training course, trainees shall demonstrate their knowledge and skills to be designated as deckhands. Deckhands may volunteer to serve as Madeline crew for Heritage and Community Sails on Grand Traverse Bay and on longer voyages.

Specifics regarding additional training and crewing on Champion and other small craft will be announced at a later date.

Additional training and experience and regular participation in the maintenance activities is required to be designated as Able Bodied (AB), Mate-in-Training (MIT) or Mate.


For more information:
Call the Maritime Heritage Alliance at 231-946-2647 or email at info@maritimeheritagealliance.org for additional information, for schedule updates and to pre-register for activities when required.

Questions regarding Basic Crew Training may also be addressed to the Basic Crew Trainer, Nancy Thornton, at 248-520-0614 or nthornton@centos.net
                                                 

 

 

Advanced crew training

CONTACT US

Email
info@maritimeheritagealliance.org

Phone
231-946-2647

Our location >>

Maritime Heritage Alliance
13268 S West Bay Shore Dr
Traverse City, MI 49684
231-946-2647