RESEARCH VESSEL OPERATOR (R.V.O.)
This course is designed for those individuals that desire training to operate a research vessel for themselves, their school or employer. Participants will learn how to operate a 36' research vessel setting long lines offshore and a 25' research vessel setting tangle nets inshore. All participants will learn how to safely and proficiently operate the vessels while setting and retrieving gear/animals. The following topics will be taught during the class:
Basics of Navigation
Navigating using GPS
Engine Types and Uses
Basic Boat Operation including markers/signage
Rules of the Road
Safety Drills including man overboard, fire and severe injury drills
Trailering* - both launching and retrieving vessels
Types of Boat Operator/Captain positions available
Turtle Gear (required for some research permits)
Weather/Storms and sediment distribution changes
Setting and Retrieving Long Lines
Setting and Retrieving Tangle Nets
Safe handling of live animals
NOTE: This is an intensive class with long days both in the classroom and out on the vessels. Be prepared to spend approximately 10 hours per day with this course.
Registration: To register please complete and submit the application below. After submitting the application pay the $249 deposit which will be deducted from the course fee. You will then receive a confirmation and welcome packet for the class. If the class is full you will receive a notification email and a return of your deposit.
Classes coming soon for 2020
Course Fee: $975
There are only sixteen spaces available on a first come, first served basis.
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* To participate in the trailering portion of this course you must have a valid U.S. drivers license .