manner of water recreation-based activity to
their programs, from dinghy racing, to water-skiing, to sportfishing, to scuba diving. It’s
not uncommon for a Sea Scout ship that you
might think of as landlocked — one based
in the Midwest or the Rocky Mountains, for
example — to conduct a “long cruise” activity with a bareboat charter in Puget Sound,
the Great Lakes, or even the Caribbean. Many
Sea Scout ships log more “boat time” on the
water than the average adult boater.
EVERY SEA SCOUT starts by earning the rank of Apprentice, which requires learning basic boating and safety skills
as well as demonstrating the ability to swim
75 yards. Here’s a small sampling of the
nautical skills a Sea Scout must master to
advance to the next rank, Ordinary. See if
you can pass muster:
n Practice drills for man overboard, fire, and
n Tie and explain the use of seven specific
knots including a French bowline, steve-
dore’s knot, and midshipman’s hitch.
n Calculate length of anchor rode needed in
10, 20, and 30 feet of water in normal and
n Define stand-on and give-way vessels for
meeting, crossing, and overtaking — both
power and sail.
n On a paper chart, locate your position from
given coordinates and determine coordi-
nates of five aids-to-navigation.
n Make a three-stranded Turk’s head and a
monkey’s fist, and use either to make up a
NOTHING “ORDINARY” ABOUT EARNING THIS RANK
Sea Scout membership peaked at the
beginning of World War II, and today the
program involves more than 7,200 youth.
Just over a third are young women. The 520
ships nationwide are supported by some
4,600 adult volunteers.
Today’s Sea Scouts are tomorrow’s future
leaders, and skilled, responsible adult boat-
ers. Marinas and yacht clubs are always
needed to form new ships, and even well-
established ships offer opportunities to help
the next generation. From adult volunteer
leaders to meeting speakers, from behind-the-
scenes supporters to hosts for outings on the
water, there are many ways you can make a
meaningful contribution to Sea Scouting and
help keep it on course for the next century.
For more information about how you can
help, or how to enroll a young boater you
know, or to find a ship near you, visit
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