GENERAL UNIFORM and CLOTHING POLICIES
Appropiate attire is always required. Take pride in your personal and unit appearance. You are representing your crew and your appearance speaks volumes. While on vessels, at work details, and during similar events, safety standards require pants and shirts be proper fitting, limited jewelry, and long hair properly constrained. Often, long sleeve shirts and long pants (not shorts) will be required for safety. Certain items are issued to you, such as your Standard Utility Unifiorm. Other items, you are responsible to purchase. Other items are Ship's Inventory, and will be distributed prior to the event, and during which time you are completely and personally responsible for them, and for which you will be charged appropriate replacement cost if lost or damaged.
Inappropriate attire or the wrong uniform/cothing, may get you sent home, restricted from certain activities, or disqualified from events. Check with the Skipper ahead of time, if in doubt. However, you will be safe if you follow these following standards:
Clothing must be loose enough to allow you to move about freely during physical activities, without being restrictive. It must not being over-sized, which can present a safety hazard, especially around machinery, rigging, and on vessels. Often, you clothing itself is a component of your safety equipment, to prevent abrasions, welts, rope-burns or splinters. It's not a fashion show!
The navy blue US Navy issue or Dickies brand, #style 874 pants with the DICKIES label removed is always appropriate. When casual, work, or Class C type wear is OK'd (or for new recruits prior to uniform issue), normal fitting, dark denim jeans or similar type pants should be worn. Baggy style, skinny style,
extreme low rise, torn, ripped, and similar style pants are never appropriate when representing your Ship. At no time is it appropriate for underwear or rear ends to be exposed.
The web belt with silver slide buckle shall be worn brass-on-brass. For new recruits, and during Class C events, plain belts may be worn. Belts shall be properly sized or adjusted to prevent danging ends, which are unsightly and present a safety problem.
Shirts and tops should be normal fitting and appropriate for the activity. Male's should normally be tucked in or bloused as appropriate. Lady's tops should always be appropriate, not distracting; no bare mid-drifts or plunging necklines.
Shoes must be appropriate for the activity. For meetings, travel and on-shore activities, regular tennis/gym shoes. are worn. Aboard vessels, approved closed toe, non-skid, non-scuff shoes should be worn. These are usually, but not always, seperate from the normal daily wear, as they pick up dirt, grit, grease and other contaminants that are transferred to our vessel. At Public Events, black leather Oxford or other approved boot or shoe, with black socks are worn.
Open toe shoes or sandals shall never be worn on vessels or docks, but may be permitted ashore on the beach, at pools, or for recreation and shower use.
Jewelry is not recommended on Ship activities. If worn, earrings must be studs or other small style, (never dangling or hoops) to avoid being caught in lines, rigging, etcetera. Other visible piercings are NOT allowed. Necklaces can be an acute hazard, and except for social activities, must be inside the clothing. Rings and bracelets should be avoided, to prevent injury.
CHANGE OF CLOTHING
Crew members must always have a complete change of dry clothes any time we go to the boats, docks, an overnighter, or a work detail. Assume you will get wet and dirty at all activities.
UNIFORM OF THE DAY
The Uniform of the Day will usually be clarified prior to an event, activity, or outing. See the Activity Advisory, if issued. Unless otherwise notified, the following uniform standards shall apply:
- CREW MEETINGS
The Standard Utility Uniform is the working uniform for routine crew meetings.
- Class C attire may only be substituted at Skipper's or OOD's discretion.
See the Activiity Advisory for the Uniform of the Day.
- Local Travel: Normally, during travel activity to/from a local event or outing, wear the complete Standard Utility Uniform.
- Long Distance Travel: Class C or other configurations, with prior approved by the Skipper or OOD.
See the Activiity Advisory for the Uniform of the Day.
- Normally, the Standard Utility Uniform will be worn, including your crew logo (or plain white) T-shirt, web belt and SS crew cap, and appropriate footwear.
- Multi-day events, the 2nd day crew t-shirts will be worn.
- Regattas may necessitate other prior approved Class C or Informal attire.
- BOAT and YARD MAINTENANCE
- Appropriate work clothes should be worn when at the Marina, boatyard or other work details. This is especially important at the Marina del Rey Sea Base, where we will be in the public eye and scrutinized by County officials. The crew t-shirt should normally be worn when visible to the public. Approved coveralls, navy blue for crew members, navy or khaki for adult officers, may be worn when engaged in vessel maintenance.
- COLOR GUARD OR FORMAL EVENTS
Dress Whites (Class A), per Dress White Standards below.
STANDARD UTILITY UNIFORM (Class B)
The standard Utility Uniform is to be worn at all Ships meetings, most work details,
informal public appearances or community service events, and most competitive events. It consists
of the following items:
- Trousers: work,
navy blue, USN style issue*
- or navy blue, Dickies brand, #style 874 (about $19 @ local department stores)
10" work short, navy blue, Dickies brand (about $19 @ local department stores)
- approved work shorts may be worn with prior Skipper's authorization for summer regattas and similar events
TAG SAMPLES BELOW
- note: uniform pants are always worn with the issued web belt
- Shirt, work,
long/short sleeve, light blue chambray, USN style issue*
- T-shirt, crew
neck, white or navy blue, with crew logo*
- or PLAIN white or navy blue as appropriate (NO PRINTING)
- Alternate 2nd day crew-T for entire crew for overnighters
- note: any crew member failing to have the approved crew-t will result in all members staying in the utility shirt
- Web belt, navy blue/black,
with silver slide buckle*
- note: buckle is always worn brass-on-brass (no dangling end)
- Cap, Sea Scout*
- Caps from special Ship events may be worn at meetings and outings with prior Skipper's approval
- Footwear, as
- on land:
regular tennis/gym/deck shoe
- aboard vessels:
approved non-skid shoes (remember, you scuff it, you buff it)
- public event:
black leather Oxford or other approved boot or shoe (with black socks)
- Socks, as appropriate
- white with deck, tennis or gym shoes for informal activities
- black with your leather shoes
* Items marked with
asterisk are supplied by the Ship as part of your Registration and Initiation
fees. You will be responsible for replacement and shipping costs
for lost or damaged items.
DRESS WHITES (Class A)
The Dress Whites are the formal Ship's uniform. You will be fitted for it, but they are very expensive, and remain Ship's property. They will be kept in storage for safe keeping. You are responsible for keeping them clean when issued for an event, and returning them CLEAN AND PROPERLY PRESSED FOLLOWING THESE IRONING & FOLDING STANDARDS for storage.
Supplied by the Ship:
- Trousers, white, enlisted
- Jersey, white, enlisted
- Belt, white web, if trousers are so equipped with loops (all male, some female)
- Cravat, black
- Cap, white "dixie cup"
- Scrunchie, white (for long hair)
- Gloves, white (for Color Guard details)
Supplied by the Crew Member:
- T-Shirt, white round crew neck snug collar, plain white (not the issued crew logo t-shirt)
- Shoes, black leather, Oxford style (polished)
- Socks, black
- Undergarments (underwear, bra, etc), plain white (no patterns, printing, colors)
INFORMAL (Class C)
Informal standards may be applied for certain special events, regattas, work details, and other outings. In general, the crew-t is included. See the General Policies above for guidance. See Activity Advisory, if issued.
OTHER UNIFORM and EQUIPMENT ITEMS
A customized, red Outer Banks sailcloth material jacket with an integral hood, embroidered with identifying Ship's Logo, will be fitted for each crew member and senior Ship's Officer. They are numbered, and you will normally be issued the same jacket each time prior to the event. They are returned afterward for safe keeping. You are responsible for the jacket while it is in your possession. They remain Ship's property, kept in Ship's Inventory, unless you choose to purchase a personalized one, ordered through the Ship's Storekeeper. If so, you must bring your jacket to each outing.
NAVY WATCH CAP (BEANIES)
A stock of black Navy Watch Cap style beanies are kept in Ships Inventory, and issued as needed for specific activities.They are numbered, and you will be issued the same beanie each time prior to the event. They are returned afterward for safe keeping.
2nd DAY CREW-T
A stock of 2nd Day Crew T's are kept in Ship's Inventory, to be issued for multiple day events, and returned at the conclusion.
Arrangements are in the process for crew sweat shirts. They are navy blue, hooded pull over, with the crew logo on the left chest. Optional approved configurations can be available for individual purchase from a local vendor.
LONG SLEEVE CREW-T
Some members have expressed an interest in an optional long sleeve crew t-shirt for wear aboard vessels for sun and wind protection, especially when sailing. We are investigating various options.
The best choice for wear aboard vessels are non-skid non-scuff deck shoes designed for this specific use. There are a number of choices available, including slip-on loafers or gym shoe style. Crew members wishing to purchase deck shoes can get them at reduced cost through the Skipper's discount at West Marine.
Each crew member should have a backpack or small soft-sided duffle bag for day outings with a complete change of clothes and a towel, and a large soft-sided duffle bag for overnighters or more extensive training days.
- Small Duffle Bag or Backpack
- Sea Scout Manual and Crew Member Binder
- Complete change of dry clothes
- Socks and Shoes
- Swimwear as needed
- Foul/Cold Weather Gear as approporiate
OVERNIGHT/MULTIPLE DAY SEABAG
Add the following to your Day Bag list:
- Full Size Duffle Bag
- Underwear and Socks for Each Day
- Shoes and sandals as appropriate
- Personal hygeine and toiletry supplies
- Sleeping Bag or Blanket and Pillow as appropriate
Note: Luggage is never appropriate. Space on vessels is limited to your bunk, and minimal for barracks, etc.
Here is a good Checklist of what you
must have for Rendezvous, AMR, Safety @ Sea, and similar events.
PERSONAL FLOATATION DEVICES (PFD, Life Vest)
It is a standing order that a USCG approved Personal Floatation Device (PFD) be worn whenever a crew member is:
- on-deck aboard any vessel underway
- below decks in foul weather or heavy seas
- when conducting work activity between or on vessels and/or docks (unless relieved by the OOD)
Every vessel in the Ship 11 fleet has an adequate inventory of USCG Approved Personal Floatation Devices - PFD's - either Type I (Offshore Lifejacket - 22 lbs floatation) and Type II (Near Shore Bouyant Vest - 22 lbs floatation) available for all crew members. Type III (Floatation Aid i.e. Ski Vests) are designed for calm conditions, near shore, where fast rescue can occur, and can be worn by certified swimmers under those conditions. Type V (Special Use Devices and Inflatables) are normally NOT APPROVED for youth and crew members, but may be worn by adult officers and staff (over 21). Read more about PFD's here and here. Crew members wishing to purchase their own PFD can get them at reduced cost through the Skipper's discount at West Marine.