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How does the cadets role evolve?

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  • How does the cadets role evolve?

    I was just wondering how the cadets role evolves through the various sea phases. I know that in the first sea phase there is a lot of maintenance and deck work involved which is a great way of grounding and building appreciation in cadets, especially those that have perhaps never worked in an industrial or labour intensive workplace, but how does the activities and responsibilities of cadets change through their times at sea. I appreciate that it's probably different for everyone, just looking for an overview of sorts.

  • #2
    As a bilge dweller I can't help with specifics, but basically you start out with officers assuming you know nothing, which isn't unreasonable. By the end of your first sea phase you should be dealing with simple/non-safety critical tasks without supervision(like filling in the log, polishing the golden rivet for the Superintendent, swinging the lead etc). The progression through the phases should be fairly linear, toward the end of your last phase you should be capable of leading a watch, dealing with the ropey tie-up/untie/docking stuff at either pointy or blunt ends, dealing with the mundanities of being a 3/O like, correcting charts, (these are specific to box boats)taking temperature readings from reefer containers, checking lashings, and other routine daily tasks like that. There's also fun stuff like navigating and associated bridge-centred perversions but eye noe nufink about that.
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    • #3
      The whole idea of your cadetship is to get you to the point by the end of your sea time where you could hold a watch at sea on your own, basically everything is aimed at building that knowledge.

      Like you say you will start on deck doing maintenance, firstly this gives you a grounding in the fundamentals of deck maintenance, secondly it gives you an understanding of how hard the crew work on deck and hopefully a good relationship with them, but it is also an opportuniy to learn your way around the ship and get a close look at some of the equipment onboard.

      You will have a few administrative tasks thrown at you from time to time, like photocopying drawings or labelling fire dampers, whatever tasks you are given, make a point of taking an interest in the subject, so if you are stenciling fire dampers find out how they work, where they are operated from, and what the regulations are regarding them. If you are photocopying the latest safety info for notice boards make sure that you understand it.

      As your time progresses you will be either at mooring stations or on the bridge for arrivals and departures, and after your first trip you will spend more and more time on the bridge, firstly shadowing the OOW and gradually making the ndecisions under the supervision of the OOW.

      Don't forget that it is your TRB and your responsibility to get it finished so review it regularly, decide on the things which you need to get done and go see the mate about it rather than sitting back and waiting for someone to lead you by the hand to get tasks signed off.
      Go out, do stuff