For those that choose to apply thenselves, their rank advancement can make them eligible for advanced enlistment pay in the service, or qualify for preferred admissions to a Maritime Academy. Crew Alumni include graduates from Cal-Maritime working at sea for major cruise and transportation lines, and serving in the armed forces of the US Navy and Marine Corps.
Crew members join as Seaman Recuits, and advance through the ranks of Apprentice, Ordinary, and Able Seaman through program of self paced study, with guidance from the Ship's Officers, Advisors, and Petty Officers. A select few will achieve the distinguished rank of Quartermaster, Sea Scouts highest honor.
Routine weekly and weekend training focuses on developing skills necessary for the safe operation of our vessels. All crew members are expected to complete Small Boat Handler certification within their first year. Certification as a Small Boat Handler and as Qualified Seaman earns the member the right to wear that bar on their uniforms, and participate in other advanced training and activities.
Program resources include the US Coast Guard, the Fire Department, California Department of Boating and Waterways, yacht clubs, and other qualified resources.
Training topics include Rules of The Road and Aids to Navigation, Charting, GPS, Piloting and Navigation, Firefighting and Damage Control, Ground Tackle and Anchoring, Signaling and Radio Communications, Vessel and Engine Maintenance, First Aid, Knots and Marlinspike skills, and others.
Specialized advanced leadership skills programs, such as SEAL Leadership Training, is available to those members that have acheived the rank of Ordinary Seaman, and upon application and recommendation of the Skipper. Rated members can alos apply for the unique oppirtunity to sail aboard the USCGC Eagle, the square rigged tall ship.
Crew members compete in local regattas, yacht club races, and have crewed on tall ships and on Merchant Marine Liberty Ships. Twice each year we travel to compete in the regional and international competitions, the Ancient Mariner Regatta in Alameda aboard the USS Hornet, and the Southwestern Rendezvous at Port Hueneme Naval Base. We have also participated in the TransPac Safety at Sea Program for competitive ocean racers, and the elite USCG Safety at Sea Program at Station San Francisco on Yerba Buena Island or at CG Station San DIego. For more info and photos, check out our Albums.
Officers and Crew
As the Ship's membership grows, Crew Leaders (CL) and Assistant Crew Leaders (ACL) will be appointed as necessary. In addition, those seeking technical or specialized areas of interest, i.e. engineering, etc, can be appointed to Specialist (SPEC) positions.
Mates (MT) Greg Kramer and Sean Gorman are our Senior Mates and along with Mr Wallace are our Engineering Officers. Shiela Handley and Chris Hofbauer are the Junior Mates. Mates assisit the Skipper with crew training and operation. CAPT Chuck Hoey is our Sailing Advisor, assisted by his wife Diane.
Our Ship's Committee, supporting ongoing operations, advancement, uniforms and supplies, and general Administration, and is headed up by Mrs Gorman, Committee Secretary and Advancement Advisor, as well as Mrs Kramer, Administrative Advisor. Mrs. Hofbauer is our Charter Organization Representative.
Summer schedule can vary, based on outings, fundraisers, cruises, and excursions. Check the calendar or call ahead!
Ship 11 is sponsored by the Antelope Valley Youth Maritime Association, through the Sea Scout Ship 11 Committee, Inc., a state and federally qualified 501 C-3 non-profit organization. Our non-profit status allows us to accept tax deductible donations of cash, equipment, and vessels to offset the operational expenses and equip the unit. Click here for info on how to support our program.