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Overview/History

Sea Scout Ship 711 is under the guidance of the Boy Scouts of America and has been in existence since 1962. The Sea Scout unit since its inception has gone under the name of Del Mar. During the 55 years the Del Mar has been in existence, it has provided young men with a well-rounded growth experience that has been centered around the sea. Today the Del Mar is recognized as one of the top Sea Scout Ships in the country.

The Del Mar seamanship program is a four year experience which turns a boy into a seaman with enough sea time to sit for a Coast Guard license. There is nothing like the Del Mar program to prepare a young man for life and a possible career at sea. Our graduates like the sea and often want a career associated with it. Some of our alumni are graduates of Annapolis, Coast Guard and the Maritime Academy. These alumni have also gone on to make the sea their career in such areas as a sail maker or boat manufacture.

The accomplishment of having such a successful program is greatly due to the ship being under the same consistent leadership for the past 48 years. Since the beginning of the ship it has been under the guidance of Mike Stewart. Mr. Stewart has past along his vast knowledge and passion of seamanship to our members.

The Program

The Del Mar's program is centered around the ship's Columbia 43 Del Mar. The Del Mar is a very active organization. We meet every Wednesday night from 7pm to 9pm. The first part of the meeting is focused on the advancement of the members. This involves learning knots, navigation, marching and other crucial skills. The second half of the meeting is devoted to going over the ships business and planning ship events. This includes cruises, regattas (competitive events with other ships), work parties to keep the boat in good shape, and public service projects.

Seamanship

Once you join you will most likely begin your membership passing off requirements to advance to higher rank. First you start out as a "pogy", then Apprentice seaman, followed by Ordinary seaman, then Able seaman, and the last and the highest rank is Quartermaster. This is the seascout equivalent of the Boy Scout's Eagle Award. To achieve these successive ranks, you must accomplish certain skills and duties, such as learning seamanship skills, going to meetings and workparties for a certain amount of time and other more fascinating and exciting things that will help you on your quest to be a real fine Sea Scout. You may learn something like...

Piloting

Piloting involves an ample understanding of the system of aids to navigation in your area, including buoys, lights, and day marks, their significance, and corresponding chart symbols. This is usually aided by location-based charts from the National Ocean Service corresponding to the locations most often visited by the ship.

Piloting and Navigation usually go hand in hand, although the Pilot only needs to identify aids to navigation, while the Navigator must know this and also be able to correctly use a naval chart to discover the ship's present location and to plan a route. Navigators must therefore know how to "take a fix" by using three aids to navigation and a compass to triangulate. They must also use some elementary geometry and arithmetic to determine what compass direction to go in and for how far, not to mention, if it is necessary to change direction, how much and for how long once again.

During cruises the crew is constantly being trained to be at sea. To the right is a picture of the crew performing a man overboard drill. Despite how it sounds, as you can see, they are actually having a lot of fun.


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