U.S. Geological Survey Manual
1.1 Course Description. The MOICC is a course targeted toward experienced motorboat operators in the Department of the Interior (Department or DOI) and U.S. Geological Survey (Bureau or USGS). It stresses the learning of specific motorboat handling techniques and knowledge through extensive hands-on practical exercises and instruction, with a minimum of classroom presentation. Since one objective of this course is to qualify individuals to present Motorboat Operator Certification Course (MOCC) training to other Departmental personnel, there is additional training in instructional techniques and presentation.
1.2 Course Objectives. The MOICC objectives are:
A. Provide attendees with specific skills and knowledge needed to safely operate watercraft.
B. Familiarize attendees with state-of-the-art watercraft safety equipment and other gear, through demonstration and actual use.
C. Train and qualify personnel to serve as instructors of the MOCC.
1.3 Course Length. The MOICC will include at least 36 instructional hours. Course instructional hours may be increased to address specific bureau operational needs.
1.4 Minimum Subject Areas. The following mandatory subject areas will be presented in the MOICC.
A. Bureau watercraft policies.
B. Required safety equipment.
C. Motorboats and motorboat maintenance.
D. Trailers and trailer maintenance.
E. Navigation aids/rules of the road.
F. Emergency operations.
G. Fire suppression.
H. Motorboat orientation/Marlinspike.
I. Motorboat at-speed and low-speed maneuvering.
J. Alongside maneuvering.
M. Instructional techniques.
1.5 Other Standards. A maximum student/instructor ratio of 3:1 will be maintained.