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Small Boating Safety Training

Scripps Motorboat Operator Training Course (MOTC) is entry-level training appropriate for those who will be acting as small vessel operators for Scripps/UCSD small boats or crew on small boats utilized under the auspices of the University.  The MOTC provides fundamental training in boating knowledge and skills.  It reviews minimum requirements for safe operation of motorboats and includes a review of legal requirements, preparations, navigation, operations, emergency procedures, rescue, self rescue, trailering, fire suppression, basic seamanship, as well as pier launching protocols necessary for Scripps Pier operations.  The course includes both classroom and on-the-water instruction.  This MOTC is equivalent training to the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) Motorboat Operator Certification Course (MOCC), required for personnel who will be operating boats under DOI's auspices.

Course Overview

The objectives of the Scripps MOTC are to:

  • Provide participants with specific skills and knowledge that will allow them to make an informed decision about their own safety, the safety of any crew member, as well as the safety of the vessel;
  • Familiarize participants with the state-of-the-art watercraft safety equipment and other gear, through demonstration and actual use; and
  • Allow participants to demonstrate, through written examination and physical demonstration, that they have adequate grasp of motorboat handling techniques and knowledge to safely operate a motorboat in a normal work environment.

This course will be coordinated in the Fall, Winter, and Spring quarters, or as needed.

Contact Christian McDonald or Rich Walsh for more information.