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It became evident early on that to improve safety, and thereby reduce risk, some sort of formal process was needed to ensure that vessel operational personal were proficient at their tasks. Most all countries have instituted such a process. This process usually involves proof of experience, training, and testing. The UK, Canada, and US have codified statues and regulations that detail their processes.

UK

The UK ,,,

UK website “Maritime vessels and work at sea

Draft of “The Merchant Shipping (Boatmasters’ Qualifications, Crew and Hours of Work)

Here is a handy guide “Operational standards for small vessels

Here is a handy guide “Get a seaman’s discharge book or British seaman’s card


By law, up-to-date copies of the ‘Code of safe working practices for merchant seamen’ must be carried on a UK ship that’s not a fishing boat or pleasure craft.

Here is a handy guide “Hiring crew for ships and yachts
Here is another guide “Seafarer working and living rights
Here is another guide “Health and safety on ships
Here is another guide “Health and safety training, A brief guide” in PDF

All ships must carry certain emergency and life-saving equipment. This equipment must meet minimum standards and must be properly tested and serviced.
Here is a handy guide “Emergency and life-saving equipment on ships

Canada


Transport Canada

US

The United States Code (USC)
and the Code Federal of Regulations (CFR)
Maritime
Commercial Fishing Vessels
No Regulation of recreational vessels
Many states have enacted laws to ensure
better boating safety by
regulation of
requiring evidence of training and/or testing
recreational vessel operators


Most countries (including the UK, CA, US, etc.) distinguish between recreational, commercial fishing, and maritime Vessel operation.
Recreational vessel operator requirements in the US are left to the individual states. Some states (but not all) require a certificate indicating completion of one of the required classes. These ‘basic’ classes are available through non-profit organizations such as the USCG Auxiliary and The US power Squadrons, as well as state approved commercial providers, many of which provide classes online. For more about providers, content and delivery see Boating Safety Classes. For more advanced classes such as Navigation, Weather, Communications, Sailing, etc. see Boating & Seamanship Training.

Commercial fishing vessel operation training see …

Maritime Vessel Operation Training for UOPV (US), Captains License (US), Boatmasters (UK), crew, etc. see Maritime Schools.

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Legal Requirements for Operator Competence

Specialized Online Courses:

From YachtWorld.com

^  Pontoon Boat Basics

From Boats.com

^  Boating Basics 101: Handling a Pontoon Boat

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BOATING & MARITIME EDUCATION (Operator Qualification)
Boating Safety Classes (pleasure craft operator’s cards, etc)
^  ^  Boating Safety (Accidents, Prevention, etc)
Boating & Seamanship Training
^  ^  Seamanship Schools
^  ^  Sailing Schools
^  ^  One-On-One Training
Maritime Schools
^  ^  Captain’s License Classes & Testing



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