Navigation Rules Of The Road (U.S. Inland & International)

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QUALMI-43: Navigation Rules Of The Road (U.S. Inland & International) 

COURSE LENGTH: 16 HOURS (2 DAYS)

Course Description:

This course provides classroom training and instruction on the U.S. Inland and International (COLREGs) Navigation Rules of the Road covering the examination topics for watchkeeping, COLREGS and Inland Navigation Rules. This course is approved by the U.S. Coast Guard as follows:

“Any applicant who has successfully completed your Rules of the Road (Inland & International) (QUALMI-431) course with a passing grade of 90% and presenting your Certificate of Training will EITHER satisfy the Rules of the Road Examination requirements for original issuance or renewal of any deck license up to Master Not More Than 200 Gross Registered Tons, Master or Mate of Fishing Vessels, and Apprentice Mate (Steersman); OR receive 5 days sea service credit towards any deck license up to Master 200 gross registered tons, or Master or Mate of Fishing Vessels. This sea service credit may not exceed limits specified by law and may not be used to satisfy any recency requirements or requirements for service on specific routes or types of vessels.”

The course is a comprehensive study of the Navigation Rules, International – Inland contained in US Coast Guard publication COMDTINST M16672.2(series) and is amended as the Rules are updated.  The intent of this course is to deliver to the student a thorough understanding of the Navigation Rules (U.S. Inland and International). This course focuses on presenting the Navigation Rules in an organized and logical manner.

Introduction to the Rules of the Road: Covers definitions – Purpose of the Rules (Rule 1), Responsibility, (Rule 2), Safe speed (Rule 6), Risk of collision (Rule 7), Action to avoid collision (Rule 8), Narrow channels (Rule 9), Traffic Separation Schemes (TSS) (Rule 10), Conduct of vessels in sight of one another, Steering and Sailing Rules (Rules 11 through 18), Sound signal definitions (Rule 32), Equipment for sound signals (Rule 33), Maneuvering and warning signals (Rule 34).

Lights and Dayshapes  – Covers purposes for lights and dayshapes, rules governing lights, running lights required for power-driven vessels (Rules 22/23), sailing vessels and vessels under oar (Rule 25), fishing and trawling vessels (Rule 26), vessel not under command or restricted in their ability to maneuver (Rule 27), vessel constrained by draft (Rule 28), vessel engaged in pilotage duties (Rule 29), towing and pushing (Rule 24), vessels at anchor or aground (Rule 30).

Restricted Visibility and Special Circumstances – Covers general definitions, precautions in restricted visibility (Rule 6), proper lookout (Rule 5), risk of collision (Rule 7), conduct of vessels in restricted visibility (Rule 19), sound signals in restricted visibility (Rule 35), Rule of good seamanship/general prudential rule (Rule 2).

Distress Signals, Annex IV – Covers need of assistance and distress signals.

Pilot Rules, Annex V – (U.S. Inland Only) – Covers purpose and applicability, definitions, temporary exemptions, law enforcement vessels, public safety activities, lights on barges at bank or dock, lights on dredge pipelines.

Completion of the course is marked by a final examination of 50 multiple-choice questions similar in format and content to the US Coast Guard Merchant Marine Rules of the Road Examination module 054XX. The examination is closed book and requires a minimum passing score of 90%. Homework assignments and in class quizzes serve to reinforce the subject matter and are a required part of this course.

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