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SO MANY TUNES … SO LITTLE TIME! - STEVE CROCKETT

WAYPOINT

AN ICC FOR THE EU IS TESTED BY AN RTC OF THE RYA ON BEHALF OF THE UK MCA AND ISSUED BY CBE … QED!

There must be a lot of cheap barges for sale in Europe at the moment. I am only making that assumption based on the number of queries I’ve had in the past few weeks from people wishing to obtain an ICC (International Certificate of Competence) for Inland Waterways in Europe. Invariably, and somewhat not surprisingly, these people are somewhat miffed, dare I say almost peeved, to discover that their CBE Day Skipper, CBE Boatmaster or even NZ Yachtmaster Coastal certificates have no standing outside of NZ waters.

The general consensus of opinion is that their “decades of boating experience” should entitle them to an automatic ICC; however upon questioning, I invariably find that the person has little knowledge of the following:

  • Lights and shapes to be displayed by all types of vessels (such as an all-round red over an all-round white over an all-round red)
  • Steering and sailing rules (“steam gives way to sail” is what one person told me!)
  • What a tidal diamond means on a chart.  Very few are able to understand what I mean when asked to compute a Course to steer allowing for set, drift and leeway.

    These are basic principles which must be known and tested before a person can gain an ICC for coastal waters.  Let me make this point abundantly clear: We are able to issue ICC’s here in NZ, but ONLY under the auspices of the RYA. They (the RYA) have been instructed to issue ICC’s by the MCA (the British Maritime and Coastguard Agencies … like our Maritime NZ) on behalf of the British Government.

    It was mentioned at the RYA’s January UK conference that the RYA are considering the introduction of a prerequisite for ICC that an applicant holds an RYA Day Skipper shorebased certificate. Accordingly plans are in place to redevelop the CBE Boatmaster course to better meet some of these possible RYA requirements, and to better service NZ cruising boaties who need to have an internationally accepted Qualification.

EER AND THE TUTOR FORUM. TIME TO GET OUR DUCKS IN A ROW

Your new Tutor Cards should be in the mail soon.

Some of you may be aware that CBE recently underwent an External Evaluation Review by a team from NZQA. This took place on the 8th, 9th, 10th of May and was designed to demonstrate to NZQA that CBE courses are fit for purpose, meet the needs of the stakeholders, and that we are able to provide evidence that analysis of learning outcomes meets the needs of our stakeholders. We are confident that CBE will come through this evaluation with distinction, taking into account the enormous steps forward we have taken in the past 4 years. We’re expected to know the final outcome of their assessment in 4 to 6 weeks.

In preparation for the EER we reviewed our policy documents and reminded ourselves of who we are and what we stand for.

As a reminder to all tutors I would like you to take a moment and reflect on your role as a CBE tutor and our policy that in order to retain accreditation you are required to conduct two courses per annum, and that you must also attend the annual CBE tutor’s forum. It is my intent to, this year, introduce a means of gaining Continuing Professional Development points, and that there will be a minimum number of points required for a tutor to remain valid.

The CBE Tutor forum this year will be held over 2 days; September 2 and 3.

It will consist of a number of presentations and tutor workshops, details of which will be advised in due course. Mark those dates in your calendar now!

VHF HANDBOOKS UPDATED

We all know that RSM recently recalled some of the repeater channels (at the request/insistence of the ITU) and consequently the NZ Coastguard has had to change some repeater channels. These changes only affected the Coastguard channels, but we have had to make changes to our handbook and exercise resources, not only the classroom resources but the Home Study, the Surf Lifesaving and our foreign language resources as well. You may appreciate, it is quite a task and requires hours of proofreading before we can print. Fortunately we have been successful with this.

TUTOR RESOURCES ON MOODLE

You will also have received your logins to the Moodle Online Tutor Resource area. You can access the tutor resources for whatever of our courses you are accredited to teach. Please understand that not all of the resources have been updated …. We are working on them. What is on the site is the latest version we are using.

THE GOOD OIL ON MARITIME RADIO QUALIFICATIONS … WHAT IS RECOGNISED OVERSEAS

The Maritime Radio tutor resources have been updated and the presentation now includes slides relevant to the MSROC qualification. The MSROC can only be delivered by a tutor who holds a higher GMDSS qualification i.e. a SOLAS certificate (GOC or MROC … please do not confuse this with the MRROC!) or a GMDSS Long Range Certificate. The MSROC requires a practical examination using two interconnected VHF-DSC capable radios. Currently the only examiners for this certificate are located in Auckland. A Christchurch examiner will be available when the equipment becomes available.

There has been a great deal of confusion regarding NZ radio certificates and their validity overseas.

Students need to know that the NZ non-GMDSS non-SOLAS certificates i.e. MVOC, MRROC, and MGROC are valid only for NZ waters and those of its protectorates. These are NOT internationally recognised. The only NZ certificate recognised by the CEPT/ERC/ITU is the MSROC, and people travelling to Europe and wishing to use their radios in those waters will need a Short Range Certificate. Foreign administrations are now seeking the wording, “meets the requirements of the CEPT/ERC/ITU guidelines”etc. on radio certificates.

RADAR VISIBLY RESTRICTED

Delivery of the new radar course has shown a couple of small glitches. One is the assessment, which is being reworked to make it a little more user-friendly.

The other is the realization that this course content cannot, nor should not be delivered in a 6 hour time frame. This course will now be delivered through 8 hours, plus time for homework, plus the examination. It is ludicrous to expect that a student will retain the information required to set up and understand a radar picture, let alone use it for Navigation and Collision Avoidance, and then complete an examination, all in one 6 hour session. Another, and probably disturbing fact, is that some people are coming onto a Radar course having no previous knowledge of navigation and chartwork. A prime example of this was a course delivered to a SAR unit recently. The consequence was a high failure rate amongst the students.

SEA SURVIVAL COURSE AND TUTOR VALIDATIONS

Advanced Sea Survival is undergoing a major rework to bring it into line with the ISAF requirements under Appendix G of the World Sailing Offshore Special Regulations and also Unit Standard 12309.

There will be a validation process for Advanced Sea Survival tutors to be conducted later this year. Existing CBE Sea Survival tutors will be required to attend this validation in order to remain accredited. Existing tutor Validation will be conducted over a couple of days. Any persons wishing to become an Advanced Sea Survival tutor in future will need to attend a 4 day Advanced Sea Survival Instructor’s course.

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