The Nautical Skills Competition, hosted by the Master Mariners of Canada (NL Division), in collaboration with the Marine Institute, is a series of challenging exercises designed not only to test knowledge and ability but also to develop leadership skills and confidence. Directed toward Nautical Science students only, this competition looks to promote the maritime sector, encourage team building and professionalism, and foster a culture of safety. By participating in the event, students will network with some of this region’s most experienced Mariners, interact with fellow cadets, and put their education to the test in a pursuit for top prize and their name on the Captain Jim Thorpe trophy.
What is the Master Mariners of Canada (CMMC)?
The Master Mariners of Canada (MMC) is a professional association for those qualified to command. It is a not-for-profit organization established to encourage and maintain high and honourable standards within the nautical profession, to further the efficiency of the Sea Service, and to uphold the status, dignity, and prestige of the marine profession.
Team participants will be randomly chosen and divided into teams with a mix of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd/4th year students. Teams will be publicly drawn at CMS @ 1000 on December 7th, 2017 and the team lists will be posted outside CMS and on the MMC website following the draw. It will be the responsibility of the students to locate and organize their team members. Each team will be required to compete in 5 different exercises, which comprise the following marine-related areas:
Each exercise will be 45 minutes in duration. At the start of each exercise each team will be required to present a 1-2 minute Safety Moment (presentation, skit, song, poem, etc.) that illustrates to the judges how the team will incorporate safety into their exercise tasks. Extra marks will be awarded for creativity.
The day before the competition there will be a 3-hour briefing and review of the exercises and any equipment or simulators that will be used.
As some of the nautical skills may be new to some of the student participants (especially 1st year students), preparation material for each exercise will be provided approx. 3 weeks prior to the competition. This information will be directly related to the tasks that the participants would be expected to know and perform and will be available on the MMC (NL Division) website on Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018.
Trophy/Plaque: In memory of a cherished mate, Captain Jim Thorpe
Cash Awards: 1st Place – $1,000.00/student (Winning teams will be announced at the evening dinner)
2nd Place – TBD
3rd Place – TBD
Location: All competition activities will be held at the Marine Institute (Ridge Road campus)
Dates to remember:
December 1st, 2017 – Application deadline (1700)
December 7th, 2017 – Teams randomly chosen @ CMS and posted online
January 3rd, 2018 – Resource material available on the MMC (NL Division) website for review
January 12th, 2018 – Simulator(s) Familiarization (1700 – 1900)
January 19th, 2018 – Briefing of Competition Exercises (1800 – 2100)
January 20th,2018 – Competition Day (0800 – 1500)
January 20th, 2018 – Competition Dinner (1900 – 2230)