All skippers must possess a State of NJ Boating Safety Certificate (BSC) as required by law. All crew who take the helm should have their BSC card with them. This is the skipper's responsibility. If a fine is levied for a violation, the chapter will not reimburse the skipper.
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All skippers must attend a Skipper Information Session in the current year. This requirement applies to all Levels of skipper and must be renewed every year.
SEAS Monmouth owns several boats which are available for the use of the club members. In order to maximize the safety of the members - both skippers and crew - and the boats, we have created a Skipper Certification Committee (SCC), and have instituted policies and procedures for granting members the authority to skipper the boats in various sailing areas. There are two distinct things we need to evaluate:
This document describes the various skipper levels, the requirements of each level, and the process for being certified at those levels. Because the distinction is important, we reiterate that there is a difference between being certified at a skipper level and being granted the authority to operate a particular boat. The SCC focuses on evaluating an individual's application for a skipper level; the authority to operate a particular boat is determined by designated skippers (not necessarily SCC members) who take the candidate through a checkout process on the boat.
We have attempted to spell out in as much detail as possible what the requirements are for attaining each level. However, ultimately it is a judgment call that the SCC is making and they reserve the right to deny authority to any person who in their view does not have all the skills and experience necessary even if they meet the requirements "on paper". Conversely, the SCC may also waive specific requirements if they feel the candidate nevertheless has the ability to safely manage a boat and crew in the designated area. Lastly, certification is dependent on attending a Skipper Information Session in the current year. This requirement applies to all Levels of skipper and must be renewed every year.
When a person is certified at a specific level that information is provided to the Reservations Coordinator who maintains a list of skipper certifications and authorizations. The Reservations Coordinator then notifies the person of their certification and suggests scheduling an appropriate checkout. After a checkout is completed with a designated skipper that information is provided to the Reservations Coordinator who then notifies the person of his/her authority to reserve (a) specific boat(s).
There is no suggested donation to apply for certification. There are suggested donations for boat checkouts. Refer to the Suggested Donations page for current details.
Sailing and navigating the daysailers within the Shrewsbury or Navesink Rivers, coves, and tributaries.
Getting certified on the daysailers is the first step in the skipper certification process. This is not an arduous or difficult process; after you have been out on the boats a few times and are comfortable handling them under sail and power, ask one of the Small Boat organizers (currently Greg White [firstname.lastname@example.org]) whether they feel you are ready to be certified. They may ask you to take the boat out with them as crew, if they haven't already sailed with you; and they may suggest that you practice one or more skills and techniques. Once they are comfortable with your skills and abilities in handling the boat (including taking it in and out of the slip where it is kept) and managing the crew, they will certify you.
Sailing and navigating within the confines of the
and excluding passing under any bridges.
Sailing and navigating in Sandy Hook Bay between the Navy Pier, Sandy Hook and the Highlands bridge. This level EXCLUDES:
Sailing and navigating in all of the areas in Level I plus anywhere within the confines of the Navesink and Shrewsbury Rivers.
Authority to pass under the Highlands, Sea Bright and/or Oceanic bridges into the Shrewsbury and Navesink Rivers.
Sailing in Raritan Bay and its tributaries, the Arthur Kill and Kill Van Kull, Newark Bay, Lower New York Bay and going into Rockaway Inlet, Upper New York Bay, and the Hudson River up to the Morris Canal, Sandy Hook Bay and its tributaries.
Authority to pass under bridges.
Sailing all the areas in Level III plus any navigable waterways within 150 miles of the home port and within 10 miles of land.
Authority same as Level III plus authority to make overnight reservations. This does not imply sailing or motoring at night - it means being authorized to have the boat away from its home slip overnight. Refer to Boat Usage Policy for more information about overnight reservations.
Once you have attained a specific skipper level, the next step is to get a boat checkout on the boat(s) you want to use. The Skipper Certification Committee does not administer these checkouts but will get you connected with the people who do. (As in many organizations it may turn out to be a member of the SCC, wearing a different hat.)
If you desire to become a SEAS skipper and think you qualify at a certain level after reading the requirements, send your request and any necessary documentation via email to the SCC coordinator. The coordinator will forward your request to all the committee members and will also send you an acknowledgement, which will include an anticipated timeline for a decision to be made (generally a couple of weeks or less). When the committee has made a decision you will be notified of the result, including any additional requirements the committee may have, such as the need to schedule a sail with one of the SCC members.