Officer Training Program: marine navigation course descriptions

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First year classes

You’ll take these classes during your first year at the college.

Cargo 111

Description

This course covers various types of cargo vessels and their cargoes. Topics covered in this course include:

  • agents
  • shippers
  • procedures
  • documents
  • ships’ personnel
  • the use of ships’ data, such as:
    • capacity plans
    • general arrangement drawings

This course also covers:

  • relevant international regulations
  • cargo codes and standards concerning:
    • stowing
    • securing
    • transport
    • safe handling
  • how dangerous cargoes can affect the safety of life and of the ship
  • policies and methodologies for dangerous, hazardous and harmful cargoes
  • loading and unloading operations, with special regard to the transport of cargoes identified in the Code of Safe Practice for Cargo Stowage and Securing

Course hours

  • Theory: 84
  • Lab: 0
  • Field work: 0
  • Total: 84
Ceremonial Divisions 140

Description

A full field exercise that applies examples of leadership theory. This course measures the abilities of lead cadets to:

  • follow orders
  • work in a team environment
  • lead their group through a complex exercise that includes:
    • drills
    • decorum
    • attention to detail

Course hours

  • Theory: 0
  • Lab: 0
  • Field work: 38
  • Total: 38
Chartwork 111

Description

This course is an introduction to nautical charts and their use. Cadets gain practical experience by completing a series of chart work problems and practical exercises. Topics covered in this course include:

  • keeping a log
  • navigating in confined waters
  • the Canadian buoyage system
  • knowledge and use of publications
  • determining and plotting a ship’s position using:
    • landmarks
    • aid to navigation, including:
      • buoys
      • beacons
      • lighthouses
    • dead reckoning, taking into account:
      • tides
      • winds
      • currents
      • estimated speed

Course hours

  • Theory: 96
  • Lab: 0
  • Field work: 0
  • Total: 96
Communication Skills 130

Description

This course provides the basics of:

  • handling conflict effectively
  • communicating difficult issues
  • organizational communication theory

Topics covered in this course include:

  • the use of appropriate marine terminology
  • organizing, participating in and chairing meetings
  • the basics of good correspondence techniques, such as:
    • oral presentations
    • technical report writing
  • good communication skills needed in a marine organization, such as:
    • writing
    • reading
    • listening
    • speaking
  • communication processes used within the Canadian Coast Guard College

Course hours

  • Theory: 52
  • Lab: 0
  • Field work: 0
  • Total: 52
Communications 111

Description

This course will provide the basics of theoretical and practical communications with radio equipment and additional marine signalling systems, including:

  • the ability to use publications
  • international code signals, their use and meanings
  • transmitting and receiving information via visual signalling

Course hours

  • Theory: 36
  • Lab: 0
  • Field work: 0
  • Total: 36
Electricity 130

Description

This course teaches:

  • electricity and electromagnetism’s:
    • basic principles
    • practical applications
  • the scientific approach to problem solving

Topics covered in this course include:

  • magnetism
  • magnetic fields
  • electrical potential
  • laboratory experiments
  • direct current networks
  • electrostatics and electric fields

Course hours

  • Theory: 52
  • Lab: 8
  • Field work: 0
  • Total: 60 
Engineering Knowledge General 121

Description

This course provides general knowledge of remote controls of propulsion plant and engineering systems and services. Topics covered in this course include:

  • ship’s auxiliary machinery
  • marine engineering systems
  • operating principles of marine power plants

Course hours

  • Theory: 48
  • Lab: 0
  • Field work: 0
  • Total: 48
General Ship Knowledge 111

Description

This course provides basic understanding of various maritime regulations, with an emphasis on:

  • occupational safety
  • Canadian regulations
  • the Canada Shipping Act 2001
  • pollution prevention and equipment
  • International Maritime Organization conventions

Topics covered in this course include:

  • personnel management
  • how the maritime environment is impacted by:
    • acts
    • policies
    • regulations
    • conventions
  • roles and responsibilities of international and maritime organizations

Course hours

  • Theory: 36
  • Lab: 0
  • Field work: 0
  • Total: 36
Leadership 140

Description

This course prepares graduates to assume the duties of an officer responsible for the watch immediately upon graduation from the program. Topics covered in this course include:

  • self-discipline
  • shipboard disciplines
  • basic leadership theories and styles
  • public service management skills and tools

Course hours

  • Theory: 70
  • Lab: 0
  • Field work: 10
  • Total: 80
Marine Advanced First Aid 140

Description

This course prepares officer cadets to provide first aid at the highest level, in isolated environments, where they’ll often spend days away from formal medical assistance. Course content is as directed in the most up-to-date version of Transport Canada’s TP 13008E. Officer cadets will receive a certificate issued by an accredited organization upon completion.

Course hours

  • Theory: 20
  • Lab: 20
  • Field work: 0
  • Total: 40
Marine Emergency Duties
- 6.1/6.2 140 6.3 140

Description

This course provides an understanding of the hazards associated with the marine environment and ships as well as training in the skills required to cope with such hazards. Course content is s directed in the most up-to-date version of Transport Canada’s TP4957 Basic Safety (MED A1). Officer cadets will receive a certificate issued by an accredited organization upon completion.

This course provides an understanding of the hazards associated with the marine environment and ships as well as training in the skills required to cope with such hazards. As directed in the most up-to-date version of Transport Canada’s TP5749E. Officer cadets will receive a certificate issued by an accredited organization upon completion.

Includes firefighting in a marine environment.

Course hours

  • Theory: 45
  • Lab: 0
  • Field work: 25
  • Total: 70
  • Theory: 12
  • Lab: 0
  • Field work: 24.5
  • Total: 36.5 
Mathematics 130

Description

This course consists of basic differential and integral calculus and its applications for engineering and navigation officer cadets. Topics covered in this course include:

  • algebra
  • integration:
    • antiderivatives
    • Trapezoid and Simpson’s Rules
  • applications
  • trigonometry
  • derivatives, including:
    • limits
    • analyzing and graphing functions
    • differentiation to common functions
  • common functions, such as:
    • polynomial functions
    • trigonometric functions
    • exponential and logarithmic functions
    • problem-solving skills

Course hours

  • Theory: 144
  • Lab: 0
  • Field work: 0
  • Total: 144
Navigation Instruments 111

Description

This course consists of the theoretical and practical operation of:

  • Voyage Data Recorders
  • compass and steering systems
  • Automatic Identification Systems
  • electronic depth sounding systems
  • electronic systems of position fixing
  • automated radar plotting aids (ARPA)

Topics covered in this course include:

  • radar theory
  • the operation of marine radar
  • sped and distance measurement

the ability to plot positions using a marine radar

Course hours

  • Theory: 96
  • Lab: 0
  • Field work: 0
  • Total: 96
Navigation Safety 111

Description

This course covers the content and application of International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea with Canadian Modifications, 1983. Topics covered in this course include:

  • lights
  • shape signals
  • distress signals
  • sound and light signals
  • keeping watch in different circumstances, including:
    • at sea
    • at port
    • at anchor

Course hours

  • Theory: 60
  • Lab: 0
  • Field work: 0
  • Total: 60
New Employee Orientation 140

Description

This 1-week program is designed to train new employees in the federal public service to manage different programs and activities at Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the Canadian Coast Guard. Topics covered in this course include:

  • values and ethics
  • conflict resolution
  • organizational structure
  • administrative practices

Course hours

  • Theory: 32
  • Lab: 0
  • Field work: 8
  • Total: 40+ (doesn’t include mandatory self-directed study) 
Physical Education 140

Description

This program includes a detailed examination of health, wellness and the importance of physical activity. Topics covered in this course include:

  • team sports
  • personal fitness
  • fitness trends and exercise programs
  • Marine Emergency Duties training, such as:
    • fighting fires
    • climbing ladders
    • controlling flooding
    • entering confined spaces through hatches
  • individual discipline towards a healthy body
  • impacts on physical and mental health caused by:
    • isolation
    • shift work
    • time on board a vessel
  • the development of skills appropriate to establishing and maintaining lifelong activity

The course also includes:

  • field trips
  • formal fitness assessments twice a year
  • indoor and outdoor practical experiences

Course hours

  • Theory: 25
  • Lab: 0
  • Field work: 51
  • Total: 76
Physics 130

Description

An introduction to the basic principles of physics. The course includes laboratory experiments and teaches officer cadets the scientific approach to problem solving. Topics covered in this course include:

  • hydrostatics
  • vector mechanics
  • units and measurement
  • Newton’s laws of motion
  • the principle of work and energy
  • kinematics and dynamics of rotational motion

Officer cadets will also develop competency in:

  • vector and scalar quantities
  • free-body diagram illustration
  • the basic principles of mechanics and hydrostatics:
    • kinematics
    • applying translational kinetics
    • vector representation of forces
    • buoyancy and Archimedes’ principle

Course hours

  • Theory: 72
  • Lab: 0
  • Field work: 0
  • Total: 72 
Physics 131

Description

An introduction to the basic principles of dry friction and hydrodynamics. The course includes laboratory experiments and teaches officer cadets the scientific approach to problem solving. Topics covered in this course include:

  • centre of gravity
  • Bernoulli’s equation
  • frames and machines
  • statics and equilibrium of rigid bodies
  • pulley systems and mechanical advantage

Course hours

  • Theory: 72
  • Lab: 0
  • Field work:
  • Total: 72
Restricted Operator’s Certificate: Marine Commercial (ROC-MC) 112

Description

An extension of the basic ROC Certificate that covers mandatory components of the international Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) for nearshore vessels, such as:

  • using VHF/DSC for:
    • safety
    • urgency
    • distress alerting
    • communicating with coast and ship stations
  • regulations, including:
    • definition of sea areas
    • equipment carriage requirements
    • watchkeeping on different frequencies and channels
  • using sub-systems and equipment, such as:
    • receivers
    • transceivers
    • survival craft radio equipment

Topics covered in this course also include basic features of maritime mobile services, such as:

  • radiotelephone procedures
  • types of stations, including:
    • ship stations
    • coast stations
    • rescue coordination centres
    • pilot stations
    • port stations
    • vessel traffic control stations
  • basic knowledge of publications
  • types of communications, including:
    • public correspondence
    • distress, urgency and safety
    • port operations and ship movement
    • intership and onboard communications
  • electrical and RF safety related to radio equipment
  • basic knowledge of frequency, bands and channelization

Course hours

  • Theory: 24
  • Lab: 0
  • Field work: 0
  • Total: 24
Seamanship Practical 111

Description

This is a practical course that includes the use of knots and splicing for shipboard operations on board Canadian Coast Guard ships. Topics covered in this course include:

  • how to:
    • lash cargo
    • sew canvas
    • tie basic knots and splices
    • use of rope and wire slings
    • coil and throw a heaving line
  • safety issues and exercises
  • the use and care of the types of onboard:
    • rope
    • wire
    • chain
  • safe working load and breaking of rope and wire
  • precautions in the use of tackle for lifting cargo aboard vessels

Course hours

  • Theory: 44
  • Lab: 0
  • Field work: 132
  • Total: 176
111 - Small Craft Operating Basic for Navigation Cadets (Summer Program)

Description

This course trains navigation officer cadets to safely operate small craft on the water. Topics covered in this course include:

  • how to:
    • dock
    • undock
    • anchor and secure small craft
    • read and interpret a nautical chart
  • fueling systems
  • manoeuvring of small craft, such as:
    • barge
    • outboards
    • single screw
  • launching and recovery of small craft on trailers
  • performing routine maintenance on outboard motors

Course hours

  • Theory: 20
  • Lab: 0
  • Field work: 60
  • Total: 80
Second Language 130

Description

This course teaches skills that facilitate the ability to communicate in a second language. It includes written and oral exercises to integrate relevant experiences of life at the Canadian Coast Guard College to a career at sea. This course covers second language skills such as:

  • writing
  • reading
  • listening
  • grammar
  • speaking
  • vocabulary

Course hours

  • Theory: 168
  • Lab: 0
  • Field work: 0
  • Total: 168 
Ship Construction 120

Description

This course provides an understanding of specific topics related to the construction of ships. Topics covered in this course include:

  • special shipboard terminology
  • relating a ship’s structure to static and dynamic stresses imposed on it
  • sketching and describing the structural details of a ship’s hull and superstructure
  • the relationship of regulatory bodies in terms of safety and seaworthiness of a vessel

Course hours

  • Theory: 94
  • Lab: 0
  • Field work: 0
  • Total: 94  
Signals 111

Description

This course teaches theoretical and practical communications with marine signalling systems, as per the International Code of Signals. Topics covered in this course include:

  • coding and decoding messages using:
    • flags
    • Morse light
    • sound signals

Course hours

  • Theory: 24
  • Lab: 12
  • Field work: 0
  • Total: 36
Technical Sketching and Blueprint Reading 120

Description

This course consists of theoretical and practical work in drawing and blueprint reading with respect to ship construction, systems and subsystems. This course covers:

  • the ability to read and interpret:
    • blueprints
    • schematics
    • marine engineering drawings
  • understanding technical sketches

Course hours

  • Theory: 20
  • Lab: 22
  • Field work: 0
  • Total: 42

Second year classes

You’ll take these classes during your second year at the college.

Ceremonial Divisions 240

Description

A full field exercise that applies examples of leadership theory. This course measures the abilities of lead cadets to:

  • follow orders
  • work in a team environment
  • lead their group through a complex exercise that includes:
  • drills
  • decorum
  • attention to detail

Course hours

  • Theory: 0
  • Lab: 0
  • Field work:24
  • Total: 24 
Chartwork 211

Description

This course teaches the navigational techniques used and skills required to navigate a vessel safely in coastal waters. Cadets gain practical experience by completing a series of chart work problems and practical exercises. Topics covered in this course include:

  • keeping a log
  • navigating in confined waters
  • the Canadian buoyage system
  • passage planning and anchoring
  • knowledge of up-to-date publications
  • determining and plotting a ship’s position using:
    • landmarks
    • aid to navigation, including:
      • buoys
      • beacons
      • lighthouses
    • dead reckoning, taking into account:
      • tides
      • winds
      • currents
      • estimated speed

Course hours

  • Theory: 60
  • Lab: 0
  • Field work: 0
  • Total: 60
Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) 211

Description

This course teaches communications responsibilities, including:

  • support and application
  • distressed vessel communications
  • practical operational issues and problems

Experience will be gained through a fully integrated GMDSS simulator. Topics covered in this course include:

  • GMDSS operation
  • INMARSAT geosynchronous satellite system
  • digital selective calling communications platform
  • search and rescue communications practices and procedures

Course hours

  • Theory: 54.5
  • Lab: 25.5
  • Field work: 0
  • Total: 80
Nautical Astronomy 211

Description

This course consists of the theoretical and practical aspects of basic nautical astronomy required to calculate, plot and maintain position and course. Topics covered in this course include:

  • twilight times
  • celestial spheres
  • the solar system
  • navigating in high latitudes
  • the rising and setting of the sun
  • determining a ship’s position using:
    • celestial bodies
    • great circle sailing
    • parallel, plane and mercator sailing

Course hours

  • Theory: 36
  • Lab: 0
  • Field work: 0
  • Total: 36
Nautical Astronomy Mathematics 211

Description

This course consists of the theoretical and practical aspects of basic nautical astronomy required to calculate, plot and maintain position and course from any point on the surface of the earth, to any other point on the surface of the earth. Topics covered in this course include:

  • navigating in high latitudes
  • determining a ship’s position using:
    • celestial bodies
    • great circle sailing
    • parallel, plane and mercator sailing
  • theoretical math necessary to complete navigation problems
  • determining position and the accuracy of resultant position fix
  • solving PZX triangles to determine the direction of a position line

Course hours

  • Theory: 48
  • Lab: 0
  • Field work: 0
  • Total: 48
Navigation Instruments 211

Description

This course consists of the theoretical and practical operation of electronic positioning systems and radio equipment. Topics covered in this course include:

  • bridge equipment and systems
  • obtaining accurate position fixing
  • detection of misrepresented information
  • magnetic, electromagnetic and gyro-compasses
  • electromagnetic signal generation and transmission
  • how to use modern electronic navigational aids, including their:
    • limitations
    • sources of error
    • operating principles

Course hours

  • Theory: 24
  • Lab: 0
  • Field work: 0
  • Total: 24
Navigation Safety 211

Description

This course covers the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea with Canadian Modifications, 1983. Topics covered in this course include:

  • distress signals
  • keeping a watch:
    • at sea
    • at port
    • at anchor
  • steering and sailing rules
  • application of collision regulations

Course hours

  • Theory: 24
  • Lab: 0
  • Field work: 0
  • Total: 24
Physical Education 240

Description

This program includes a detailed examination of health, wellness and the importance of physical activity. Topics covered in this course include:

  • team sports
  • personal fitness
  • fitness trends and exercise programs
  • Marine Emergency Duties training, such as:
    • fighting fires
    • climbing ladders
    • controlling flooding
    • entering confined spaces through hatches
  • individual discipline towards a healthy body
  • impacts on physical and mental health caused by:
    • isolation
    • shift work
    • time on board a vessel
  • the development of skills appropriate to establishing and maintaining lifelong activity

The course also includes:

  • field trips
  • formal fitness assessments twice a year
  • indoor and outdoor practical experiences

Course hours

  • Theory: 20
  • Lab: 0
  • Field work: 28
  • Total: 48 
Physics 231

Description

An introduction to the fundamentals of heat transfer and its applications on solid, liquids, and gases. The course includes laboratory experiments and teaches officer cadets the scientific approach to problem solving. Topics covered in this course include:

  • vapors
  • refrigeration
  • change of state
  • expansion of solids and liquids
  • thermodynamic processes of ideal gases
  • temperature, thermometers, and thermal equilibrium

Course hours

  • Theory: 36
  • Lab: 0
  • Field work: 0
  • Total: 36
Pollution Control 240

Description

This course describes the environmental responsibilities and capabilities of:

  • the Canadian Coast Guard
  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada

the federal lead/resource response organization

Topics covered in this course include:

  • environmental:
    • hazards
    • concerns
    • response procedures
  • Canadian pollution prevention regulations
  • Canadian environmental response responsibilities
  • the Canadian Coast Guard pollution equipment inventory

This course includes a description and practical demonstration of the procedures and equipment for pollution containment and recovery.

Course hours

  • Theory: 40
  • Lab: 0
  • Field work: 0
  • Total: 40  
Practical Skills 212

Description

This course is designed to prepare officer cadets to safely lift, secure and rig lifting equipment on board a vessel in machinery spaces. Topics covered in this course include:

  • construction and use of:
    • knots
    • lashings
    • crane operation
  • construction of special lifting slings and other apparatus, including:
    • theory
    • practical aspects

Course hours

  • Theory: 14
  • Lab: 0
  • Field work: 34
  • Total: 48
Radar Simulator 211

Description

This course is centred on collision avoidance using the facilities in the radar blind pilotage simulator. Topics covered in this course include:

  • using a paper plot to report:
    • speed
    • course
    • each target seen on the radar screen
  • following collision regulations
  • managing bridge watch keeping
  • using a simulated environment to:
    • apply navigation theory
    • safely operate marine radar
    • apply navigation instruments theory
  • using major landmarks to properly position a vessel

Course hours

  • Theory: 32
  • Lab: 40
  • Field work: 0
  • Total: 72
Seamanship General 211

Description

This course describes the duties and responsibilities of a ship’s officer while at sea and in port. Topics covered in this course include:

  • berthing and unberthing a ship
  • emergency response contingency plans
  • safe manoeuvring and handling of a vessel
  • bridge procedures of a safe navigational watch
  • the responsibilities of a ship’s officer at sea and in port

Course hours

  • Theory: 24
  • Lab: 0
  • Field work: 0
  • Total: 24
Seamanship Practical 211 – Small Vessel Operator Proficiency

Description

This is a practical course that teaches general seamanship practices in use today, with a focus on the operation of various small boats used on board Canadian Coast Guard ships. Topics covered in this course include:

  • deck machinery
  • currents and tides
  • shipboard maintenance
  • securing and anchoring small craft
  • Canadian Aids to Navigation System
  • manoeuvring alongside moving vessels
  • reading and interpreting a nautical chart
  • docking and undocking small craft, such as:
    • barges
    • single and twin screws

It also covers the basics of search and rescue on the water, including:

  • search patterns
  • towing practices
  • techniques for recovering persons from the sea
  • using a DGPS-type positioning device to follow a search plan

Course hours

  • Theory: 20
  • Lab: 0
  • Field work: 100
  • Total: 120
Seaphase 241

Description

The first sea training phase that navigation officer cadets attend. Officer cadets will experience the practical side of the theory and simulations covered in regular classes. They’ll receive primary training in the specific job functions of the various crew positions that they’ll work with.

During seaphase, officer cadets will understand:

  • shipboard systems
  • emergency procedures
  • duties and responsibilities of all personnel on board the vessel

Officer cadets will conduct written exercises on topics that include:

  • navigation
  • ship structure
  • communications
  • electronic charts
  • cargo operations
  • practical seamanship
  • scale vessel drawings
  • electronic navigation radar
  • organization of responsibility
  • Canadian Coast Guard operations

Officer cadets will conduct:

  • bridge tasks
  • port operations
  • cargo operations
  • wire and rope work
  • helicopter operations
  • search and rescue operations
  • navigation services operations
  • equipment operation and maintenance

Officer cadets will participate in live exercises and practical work in a marine navigation environment.

During seaphase training, all officer cadets are required to complete a detailed sea training manual that tracks all of the items covered during this practicum.

Course hours

  • Theory: 150
  • Lab: 0
  • Field work: 7 months
  • Total: 7 months
Second Language 230

Description

This course teaches skills that facilitate the ability to communicate in a second language. It includes written and oral exercises to integrate relevant experiences of life at the Canadian Coast Guard College to a career at sea. This course covers second language skills such as:

  • writing
  • reading
  • listening
  • grammar
  • speaking
  • vocabulary

Course hours

  • Theory: 48
  • Lab: 0
  • Field work: 0
  • Total: 48
Stability 211

Description

This course consists of the theoretical and practical aspects of stability related to safe ship operation as they apply to navigation officers. Topics covered in this course include:

  • buoyancy
  • displacement
  • law of flotation
  • Simpson’s rules
  • centre of gravity
  • density and relative density
  • freshwater allowance and trim
  • theories affecting trim and stability

This course includes experiments and calculation exercises.

Course hours

  • Theory: 72
  • Lab: 0
  • Field work: 0
  • Total: 72

Third year classes

You’ll take these classes during your third year at the college.

Automatic Radar Piloting Aids (ARPA) 311

Description

This course develops chartwork skills and navigational techniques used to plan and execute a passage plan safely. Topics covered in this course include:

  • using ARPA to:
    • evaluate the navigational information
    • detect course and speed changes of other ships
  • operating ARPA
  • practical exercises
  • chartwork problems

Course hours

  • Theory: 6
  • Lab: 20
  • Field work: 0
  • Total: 26
Ceremonial Divisions 340

Description

A full field exercise that applies examples of leadership theory. This course measures the abilities of lead cadets to:

  • follow orders
  • work in a team environment
  • lead their group through a complex exercise that includes:
    • drills
    • decorum
    • attention to detail

Course hours

  • Theory: 0
  • Lab: 0
  • Field work: 26
  • Total: 26 
Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems (ECDIS) 311

Description

This course teaches the safe operation of ECDIS and electronic chart systems on board vessels equipped with such systems. It covers the application and operation of ECDIS on Canadian Coast Guard vessels.

Course hours

  • Theory: 19
  • Lab: 20
  • Field work: 0
  • Total: 39
Engineering Knowledge General 321

Description

This course provides general knowledge of remote controls of propulsion plant and engineering systems and services. Topics covered in this course include:

  • ship’s auxiliary machinery
  • marine engineering systems
  • operating principles of marine power plants

Course hours

  • Theory: 60
  • Lab: 0
  • Field work: 0
  • Total: 60
Nautical Astronomy 311

Description

This course consists of the theoretical and practical aspects of basic nautical astronomy required to calculate, plot and maintain position and course. Topics covered in this course include:

  • twilight times
  • the solar system
  • basic nautical astronomy
  • the rising and setting of the sun
  • determining a ship’s position using:
    • celestial bodies
    • great circle sailing
    • parallel, plane and mercator sailing

Course hours

  • Theory: 48
  • Lab: 0
  • Field work: 0
  • Total: 48
Navigation Instruments 311

Description

This course consists of the theoretical and practical operation of electronic positioning systems and radio equipment. Topics covered in this course include:

  • bridge equipment and systems
  • obtaining accurate position fixing
  • detection of misrepresented information
  • magnetic, electromagnetic and gyro-compasses
  • electromagnetic signal generation and transmission
  • how to use modern electronic navigational aids, including their:
    • limitations
    • sources of error
    • operating principles

Course hours

  • Theory: 60
  • Lab: 0
  • Field work: 0
  • Total: 60
Navigation Safety 311

Description

This course covers the content and application of International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea with Canadian Modifications, 1983. Topics covered in this course include keeping watch in different circumstances, including at sea, port and anchor.

Course hours

  • Theory: 24
  • Lab: 0
  • Field work: 0
  • Total: 24
Physical Education 340

Description

This program includes a detailed examination of health, wellness and the importance of physical activity. Topics covered in this course include:

  • team sports
  • personal fitness
  • fitness trends and exercise programs
  • Marine Emergency Duties training, such as:
    • fighting fires
    • climbing ladders
    • controlling flooding
    • entering confined spaces through hatches
  • individual discipline towards a healthy body
  • impacts on physical and mental health caused by:
    • isolation
    • shift work
    • time on board a vessel
  • the development of skills appropriate to establishing and maintaining lifelong activity

The course also includes:

  • field trips
  • formal fitness assessments twice a year
  • indoor and outdoor practical experiences

Course hours

  • Theory: 20
  • Lab: 0
  • Field work: 30
  • Total: 50  
Physics 331

Description

An introduction to the basic principles of electric motors and generators. The course includes laboratory experiments and teaches officer cadets the scientific approach to problem solving. Topics covered in this course include:

  • filters
  • electricity
  • magnetism
  • alternating current
  • inductive and capacitive reactance
  • impedance in a series alternating current circuit
  • direct current transients in inductive and capacitive circuits
  • magnetic induction of electro magnetic force and the generator principle

Course hours

  • Theory: 48
  • Lab: 0
  • Field work: 0
  • Total: 48
Seamanship General 311

Description

This course describes the duties and responsibilities of a ship’s officer while at sea and in port. Topics covered in this course include:

  • special situations
  • emergency situations
  • maneuvering characteristics of ships

Course hours

  • Theory: 39
  • Lab: 0
  • Field work: 0
  • Total: 39
Sea phase 341

Description

The second sea training phase that navigation officer cadets attend. Officer cadets will experience the practical side of the theory and simulations covered in regular classes. They’ll receive primary training in the specific job functions of the various crew positions that they’ll work with.

During sea phase, officer cadets will understand:

  • shipboard systems
  • emergency procedures
  • duties and responsibilities of all personnel on board the vessel

Officer cadets will conduct written exercises on topics that include:

  • navigation
  • ship structure
  • communications
  • electronic charts
  • cargo operations
  • practical seamanship
  • scale vessel drawings
  • electronic navigation radar
  • organization of responsibility
  • Canadian Coast Guard operations

Officer cadets will conduct:

  • bridge tasks
  • port operations
  • cargo operations
  • wire and rope work
  • helicopter operations
  • search and rescue operations
  • navigation services operations
  • equipment operation and maintenance

Officer cadets will participate in live exercises and practical work in a marine navigation environment.

During sea phase training, all officer cadets are required to complete a detailed sea training manual that tracks all of the items covered during this practicum.

Course hours

  • Theory: 150
  • Lab: 0
  • Field work: 8 months
  • Total: 8 months
Second Language 330

Description

This course teaches skills that facilitate the ability to communicate in a second language. It includes written and oral exercises to integrate relevant experiences of life at the Canadian Coast Guard College to a career at sea. This course covers second language skills such as:

  • writing
  • reading
  • listening
  • grammar
  • speaking
  • vocabulary

Course hours

  • Theory: 48
  • Lab: 0
  • Field work: 0
  • Total: 48
Stability 311

Description

This course consists of the theoretical and practical aspects of stability related to safe ship operation as they apply to navigation officers. Topics covered in this course include:

  • buoyancy
  • displacement
  • law of flotation
  • Simpson’s rules
  • centre of gravity
  • density and relative density
  • freshwater allowance and trim
  • theories affecting trim and stability

This course includes experiments and calculation exercises.

Course hours

  • Theory: 78
  • Lab: 0
  • Field work: 0
  • Total: 78

Fourth year classes

You’ll take these classes during your fourth year at the college.

Cargo 411

Description

This course covers various types of cargo vessels and their cargoes. Topics covered in this course include:

  • general knowledge of:
    • tankers and tanker operations
    • operational and design limitations of bulk carriers
  • correct procedures for cargo and bulk cargo:
    • ballast
    • security
    • stowage
    • handling
    • transport
    • loading and unloading
  • handling dangerous, hazardous and harmful cargoes
  • interpreting given figures for bending and shear forces
  • avoiding detrimental effects to bulk carriers caused by:
    • fatigue
    • corrosion
    • inadequate cargo handling
  • international regulations, standards and codes, including:
    • International Maritime Dangerous Goods code
    • International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes code
    • recommendations on carriage of dangerous cargoes
    • the Code of Safe Practice for Cargo Stowage and Securing
  • effective communications and improving working relationships

Course hours

  • Theory: 96
  • Lab: 0
  • Field work: 0
  • Total: 96
Ceremonial Divisions 440

Description

A full field exercise that applies examples of leadership theory. This course measures the abilities of lead cadets to:

  • follow orders
  • work in a team environment
  • lead their group through a complex exercise that includes:
    • drills
    • decorum
    • attention to detail

Course hours

  • Theory: 0
  • Lab: 0
  • Field work: 25
  • Total: 25
Coast Guard Operations and Leadership 440

Description

This course is designed to familiarize officer cadets with the roles and responsibilities of a supervisor within Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the Canadian Coast Guard fleet. Topics covered in this course include:

  • current Government of Canada:
    • policies
    • guidelines
    • procedures

Course hours

  • Theory: 104
  • Lab: 0
  • Field work: 0
  • Total: 104
Confined Space Entry 440

Description

The course will provide training on how to work in a confined space environment to maximize individual and group safety. The overall objective of this training is to protect those entering or working around a confined space. This course covers:

  • principles related to working safely in confined spaces, such as:
    • physical
    • chemical
    • biological
  • applicable government regulations for working in a confined space environment

Trainees will acquire knowledge and skills through a combination of:

  • group discussions
  • lecture presentations
  • individual and team practical exercises

Trainees must successfully complete written and practical tests to receive course certification.

This course will be delivered by a Transport Canada certified training contractor either on campus or at the contractor’s site.

Course hours

  • Theory: 5
  • Lab:
  • Field work: 19
  • Total: 24
Damage Control 440

Description

This course is designed to prepare officer cadets to be self-sufficient in times of emergency on a vessel operating away from external support services. Topics covered in this course include:

  • damage control as it relates to shipboard emergencies
  • exercises demonstrating the knowledge associated with damage control aboard ships, using mock-ups of a ship’s sections

Course hours

  • Theory: 10
  • Lab: 0
  • Field work: 30
  • Total: 40  
Electricity 421

Description

This course teaches electricity and electromagnetism’s:

  • basic principles
  • practical applications in:
    • shipboard power generation
    • how a ship’s distribution system is arranged
    • how a ship’s electrical generation is arranged

Topics covered in this course include:

  • generator:
    • construction
    • principles of operation
  • alternators
  • transformers
  • AC and DC motors
  • shipboard electrical distribution systems:
    • measuring instruments
    • component layout and identification
  • ship emergency power batteries and their:
    • use
    • care
    • storage

Course hours

  • Theory: 60
  • Lab: 0
  • Field work: 0
  • Total: 60 
Engineering Knowledge General 421

Description

This course provides general knowledge of remote controls of propulsion plant and engineering systems and services. Topics covered in this course include:

  • ship’s auxiliary machinery
  • marine engineering systems
  • operating principles of marine power plants

Course hours

  • Theory: 48
  • Lab: 0
  • Field work: 0
  • Total: 48
Fall Arrest 440

Description

This course will provide an understanding of the dangers and responsibilities of persons working in areas where fall hazards exist. It will also cover the proper use and inspection of the required equipment and critical controls necessary to reduce the risk of a fall. Officer cadets will receive training in:

  • equipment selection
  • the proper use of selected equipment
  • the correct procedures to apply for minimizing fall hazards

Officer cadets will acquire knowledge and skills through a combination of:

  • group discussions
  • film presentations
  • lecture presentations
  • equipment demonstrations
  • performance-based exercises

Officer cadets will be required to complete written and practical testing in order to receive course certification.

Course hours

  • Theory: 6
  • Lab: 0
  • Field work: 10
  • Total: 16
General Ship Knowledge 411

Description

This course provides an understanding of various maritime regulations, with an emphasis on:

  • occupational safety
  • Canadian regulations
  • the Canada Shipping Act 2001
  • pollution prevention and equipment
  • International Maritime Organization conventions

Topics covered in this course include:

  • personnel management
  • how the maritime environment is impacted by:
    • acts
    • policies
    • regulations
    • conventions
  • roles and responsibilities of international and maritime organizations

Course hours

  • Theory: 48
  • Lab: 0
  • Field work: 0
  • Total: 48
Meteorology 411

Description

This course covers theoretical and practical aspects of meteorology. Topics covered in this course include:

  • weather routing of ships
  • weather reports and forecasts
  • ocean phenomenon related to meteorology
  • ice formation, classification and movement

Course hours

  • Theory: 125
  • Lab: 0
  • Field work: 0
  • Total: 125
Nautical Astronomy 411

Description

This course consists of the theoretical and practical aspects of basic nautical astronomy required to calculate, plot and maintain position and course. Topics covered in this course include:

  • twilight times
  • the solar system
  • basic nautical astronomy
  • the rising and setting of the sun
  • determining a ship’s position using:
    • celestial bodies
    • great circle sailing
  • parallel, plane and mercator sailing

Course hours

  • Theory: 48
  • Lab: 0
  • Field work: 0
  • Total: 48
Physical Education 440

Description

This program includes a detailed examination of health, wellness and the importance of physical activity. Topics covered in this course include:

  • team sports
  • personal fitness
  • fitness trends and exercise programs
  • Marine Emergency Duties training, such as:
    • fighting fires
    • climbing ladders
    • controlling flooding
    • entering confined spaces through hatches
  • individual discipline towards a healthy body
  • impacts on physical and mental health caused by:
    • isolation
    • shift work
    • time on board a vessel
  • the development of skills appropriate to establishing and maintaining lifelong activity

The course also includes:

  • field trips
  • formal fitness assessments twice a year
  • indoor and outdoor practical experiences

Course hours

  • Theory: 20
  • Lab: 30
  • Field work: 0
  • Total: 50
Physics 431

Description

An introduction to the basic theories of vibrations and waves. The course includes laboratory experiments and teaches officer cadets the scientific approach to problem solving. Topics covered in this course include:

  • the Doppler Effect
  • oscillatory motion
  • simple harmonic motion
  • mechanical waved and sound waves
  • electromagnetic waves and radiation
  • basic theories of vibration and waves
  • superposition and interference of waves

Course hours

  • Theory: 60
  • Lab: 0
  • Field work: 0
  • Total: 60
Radar Simulator 211

Description

This course is centred on collision avoidance using the facilities in the radar blind pilotage simulator. Topics covered in this course include:

  • using a paper plot to report:
    • speed
    • course
    • each target seen on the radar screen
  • following collision regulations
  • managing bridge watch keeping
  • using a simulated environment to:
    • apply navigation theory
    • safely operate marine radar
    • apply navigation instruments theory
  • using major landmarks to properly position a vessel

Course hours

  • Theory: 38
  • Lab: 100
  • Field work: 0
  • Total: 138
Second Language 430

Description

This course teaches skills that facilitate the ability to communicate in a second language. It includes written and oral exercises to integrate relevant experiences of life at the Canadian Coast Guard College to a career at sea. This course covers second language skills such as:

  • writing
  • reading
  • listening
  • grammar
  • speaking
  • vocabulary

Course hours

  • Theory: 48
  • Lab: 0
  • Field work: 0
  • Total: 48
Ship Construction 421

Description

This course provides an understanding of specific topics related to the construction of ships. Topics covered in this course include:

  • hull painting techniques
  • corrosion control methods
  • the fundamental principles of:
    • ship construction
    • shipyard practices
  • hull maintenance procedures
  • strengthening ships operating in ice
  • the science behind hull markings for stability, such as load lines
  • construction methods to limit the possibility and spread of shipboard fires

Course hours

  • Theory: 48
  • Lab: 0
  • Field work: 0
  • Total: 48
Ship Management 411

Description

This course studies the Canada Shipping Act and its associated regulations, with an emphasis on:

  • health
  • discipline
  • seaworthiness
  • official records
  • personnel and their safety

certificates of competency

Topics covered in this course include:

  • the Coasting Trade Act
  • the Marine Liability Act
  • the Canada Shipping Act
  • the Canadian Labour Code
  • purpose of the Transportation Safety Board
  • International Maritime Organization conventions

Course hours

  • Theory: 125
  • Lab: 0
  • Field work: 0
  • Total: 125
Technical Report/Technical Writing 430

Description

During this course cadets will learn professional level report writing, how to author a business case and other written instruments. Topics covered in this course include:

  • how to provide citations
  • intellectual property identification
  • using the APA format for referencing
  • the basics of research for technical report writing

This course includes the authoring of a primary research paper.

Course hours

  • Theory: 50
  • Lab: 0
  • Field work: 0
  • Total: 50
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