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Boat Crew Qualification Program (BCQP)

Boat Etiquette

The following is not written in any of our training manuals, but you should take it to hart. This is not mandatory and it is entirely up to you, what to do and not to do, but here it is for what it is worth.

  1. When you are invited on a boat, remember you are invited only as a guest, even though you are part of a crew.
  2. When under orders, you must wear a uniform as prescribed by the skipper and or the controlling station.
  3. At all times, you will wear non-marring boat shoes on a boat, as a guest.
  4. Make sure you are on time, or show up 10 to 15 minutes before. There is always something else to do.
  5. Should there be a female member on board, she is not automatically the cook, slave and bottle washer, she is on board in the same capacity as you.
  6. Before you come on board for a lengthy patrol, ask about the meals, should you bring your own, or share in the expenses.
  7. Same goes for refreshments, ask! If you like to have a favorite beverage, bring it with you, and bring enough so you can share. This goes for training during the warmer month also.
  8. Whatever food or drink you bring aboard, tradition has it stays aboard.
  9. Be careful and treat a boat as it where your own. Don’t leave ½ full cups or glasses standing around, the first wake you hit will stain a carpet and you have an very unhappy skipper on your hands.
  10. A crew is only as good as the weakest link in the chain, if you don’t know something than ask, if you need a second opinion, then ask again. Remember there are no dumb questions, just dumb people that don’t ask them.
  11. Be prepared to stay out longer than first thought, an emergency could always develop, we have means to notify yours at home.
  12. When you come back in, help to tidy up the boat. Break out the water hose and give the boat a wash down. Or use the vacuum to leave the boat as you found it.
  13. Help with stowing the gear, the skipper is just as tired as you.
    It never hurts to have a critique at the end of the day, speak up and give your input we all may learn from your thoughts.

Those are thoughts from a long time boat owner.
JKN 22-02, 1SR - 2000 revised 2003

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