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CBE Training Manager - STEVE CROCKETT


The sun is on its way back. We’ve passed the solstice and the year is well into renewal, with all of the temper tantrums associated with a new-born!

I hope that the recent weather events have not impacted too badly on you.

The recent new moon on the 13th July was a super moon... i.e. it was quite close to the earth, and therefore the tides were more greatly affected.

The higher tides occur usually a couple of days after the full or new moon cycles and in this case, on Sunday the 15th July I checked the almanac to find that high tide at Auckland was to be 3.7m.

HAT at Auckland is listed as being 3.71 metres. LINZ says that a difference from the average Barometric pressure of 1hPa may cause a difference of height of tide of 1cm. Average barometric pressure is 1013hPa, pressure on 15th July was 1011hPa … so perhaps the tide was higher by 2cm?

I suppose it’s only of importance if you have a vessel with an air draft of 17m and you wanted to get under the upper harbour bridge at 9:20pm on Sunday.


(N.B. the above image is from the UK … no one here would drive with their dirty washing hanging out, would they?!).


Assessment marking … Again

Just to re … re … reiterate … who can mark what?
If you teach VHF/MRROC … you must mark the papers … you are paid additionally for this marking.

If you teach DS Modular, you must mark the papers.

If you teach Advanced Sea Survival, In Water Survival, Sea Kayak or Waka Ama … you must mark the papers.

If you teach anything else which has an assessment involved … You do not mark the papers.

You will know this because there will be an envelope, sent with the packs, on which is written the address of the assessor. You place the assessments inside this envelope, seal it, and post it. Your work here is done!



Very often, as tutors, you are required to invigilate assessments. This can sometimes be difficult as you have already (hopefully) created a rapport with the students and now, suddenly, you are putting on another hat and having to distance yourself from them. Don’t second guess yourself. If you have conducted the training to the best of your ability, have taught at a rate suitable to the learning processes of the students (but in any case in no less time than that which is required in the advertising or by NZQA) and have delivered all of the syllabus learning outcomes, then your students should be well prepared for their assessment and will not need any further input from you as a tutor.

You are now an invigilator.

It is essential that you undertake this task with absolute clarity of purpose.  Your task as an invigilator is to ensure:

· The assessment has been done under active observation

o This means you are watching the candidates.

· The assessment has been done without reference to the study material (such as the student handbook, exercise book, electronic media, or any other reference material) for the duration of the assessment.

o This means you need to tell the students to put away their books, turn off their phones or put them away

· The assessment has not been altered in any way after completion

o This means that the assessments must have been collected and placed into the assessor’s envelope before you go through and review the assessment answers.

· The candidates understand how the assessment is to be conducted

o This means that you need to read out the instructions for the assessment and ensure the students are clear as to what is required of them.

Day Skipper Modular (and other tutor marked courses)


Remember that this is simply another form of the Day Skipper course. The students are required to achieve exactly the same learning outcomes as in a normal 2 day delivery.

The modular format was designed for those groups who would normally receive training over an extended period of time, such as several weeks. It was never meant to be used as a means of getting students through a two day course. We will be looking closely at modular course delivery to ascertain whether it is the best option in given situations.

Please mark these papers according to the marking schedule provided and check your marking and addition before you send the papers back. Moderation of all of our course papers shows that marking is generally very good, with usually only minor discrepancies. Let’s try and keep it that way.

Forum 2018

In accordance with feedback from last year’s Forum we really want our September gathering to be more workshop oriented than just a talk fest.

Please … if any of you would be interested in presenting a workshop on any particular educational or maritime subject dear to you, please let us know soonest. I need to have these locked in before COB Friday 17th August. Subjects could include, “How to engage in Peer to Peer moderation” or “ Using Electronic Navigation Systems on your Tablet or iPhone” … or “how to teach the boring stuff and make it fun!” … that sort of thing.

Until then … keep well, stay dry and warm, and stay ahead of the game.


Steve Crockett


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