Education is the foundation on which training, competence and operational capabilities are built.
Training builds on the education and turns it into the skills and competences required for fast craft operations. Qualifications provide a modular stepping stone for individuals and teams to demonstrate competences and facilitate the interoperability that is required for safe and effective operations. To quote Vice Admiral Parker of the USCG (2007):
‘New international training standards are required that address not just the competence of fast boat handling in the vicinity of other platforms, but the capability to be interoperable with other organisations / agencies during maritime operations.’
Unmanned vessels are becoming an increasing common feature of the maritime sector. Although some aspects of unmanned systems are common with manned systems, there are specific aspects of education and training that need to be understood, particularly the levels of automation / autonomy that are used, and how this influences the command and control requirements.
All maritime operations have risk – particularly when speeds are increased to over 20KTS. Therefore, understanding the risks via education & training, particularly for congested coastal / riverine areas and in poor weather conditions is essential for the development and implementation of mitigation measures. Risk Management can be described as including the following activities:
DYNAV is an example of a methodology developed to manage risk whilst supporting operational performance.
Effective and reliable operations require interaction between both individuals and organisations. To achieve this, qualifications, Standard Operating Procedures (SOPS) and standardised systems are a necessity. Education and training provide the dissemination of standardised best practice to the industry as well as delivering qualifications to demonstrate competence.
Education & training can be delivered in a variety of methods. From class rooms to on-water 1-to-1 instruction. Computer based learning is becoming increasingly common but needs to be adopted for the applications that it is best suited to. But the ability to deliver standardised education & training to a geographically distributed workforce provides a real opportunity to develop best practice throughout the community.
The efficacy of learning is only as good as the Trainers / Instructors. Therefore it is essential to support the training community. 20KTS+, through its support to this community, is helping to build the Training CADRE.
20KTS+, as well as delivering it's own education and training, provides material and related support, that organisations can utilise under their own brand [i.e. 'White Goods'], that 20KTS+ manages and updates as appropriate.
This support, as well as facilitating Standardisation for Interoperability [S4I], also provides education and training organisations with enhanced development and commercial opportunities.
Skill fade is a recognised issue for most industries. The adoption of computerised Command & Control (C2) systems (e.g. electronic chart plotters, etc.) increases the potential for this skill fade and therefore Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is essential. 20KTS+, with its continual development of systems and procedures, is dedicated to providing CPD to the fast craft community.