The Watchkeeping Mate position is the second or third person in the line of command on a vessel depending on the area and the type of vessel the person is serving on. The person's role is to safely monitor the ship's passage, and the safety of its crew and cargo. While at sea, the Mate on watch has three fundamental responsibilities:
While in port, the Mate focuses on duties such as:
This 40 week full-time program consists of modular courses that prepare students for Transport Canada curriculum leading to the Watchkeeping Mate Near Coastal Certificate of Competency. The holder of this certificate may be employed as:
Individuals wishing to obtain the STCW Watchkeeping Mate Certification will be required to complete one more course: NAUT 1826 - Astro Navigation 2. It is possible to take this course within the Watchkeeping Mate Near Coastal program.
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