Boat Crew Qualification Program (BCQP)
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.
- When you are invited on a boat, remember you are invited
only as a guest, even though you are part of a crew.
- When under orders, you must wear a uniform as prescribed
by the skipper and or the controlling station.
- At all times, you will wear non-marring boat shoes on
a boat, as a guest.
- Make sure you are on time, or show up 10 to 15 minutes
before. There is always something else to do.
- 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.
- Before you come on board for a lengthy patrol, ask about
the meals, should you bring your own, or share in the expenses.
- 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
- Whatever food or drink you bring aboard, tradition has
it stays aboard.
- 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.
- 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.
- Be prepared to stay out longer than first thought, an
emergency could always develop, we have means to notify
yours at home.
- 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.
- Help with stowing the gear, the skipper is just as tired
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
Those are thoughts from a long time boat owner.
JKN 22-02, 1SR - 2000 revised 2003