To receive an OCC Shields Skipper Certification, applicants must meet the following prerequisites:
- Be an SA member in good standing
- Know the SA rules and regulations
- Be able to swim
- Receive a passing grade on the written test
Candidates must also be able to demonstrate satisfactory knowledge and ability to perform dockside and on the water skills to pass the practical on-the-water portion of the certification.
The written exam is a two part exam. Part One concerns the Shields and the OCC facility, and Part Two tests candidates on the rules of the road. The exam may be taken anytime during regular business hours and candidates should allow approximately 2 hours.Upon receiving a passing grade on the written exam candidates can schedule the final practical exam.
The practical exam is a thorough review of the candidate's seamanship and sailing skills including preparations to sail, rigging and de-rigging procedures. Candidates should anticipate single handing the Shields while demonstrating competency in sailing off the dock, tacking, jibing, stopping, crew overboard recovery, and returning to the dock. The test is typically 2 to 3 hours in length.
Successful completion of Shields 3 class.