Rules of the Road

Every year, we Surface Warfare Officers are required to take an exam on the US Coast Guard’s Navigation Rules, and we must pass with a ninety-percent or more of our answers correct. This is no mean feat as the  Collision Regulations (aka ColRegs, Rules of the Road, COMDTINST M16672.2D) are written more for the joy of the Maritime Lawyer than the Professional Mariner and as such serve better as a sleep aid than an exciting novel. Unfortunately, my job as a mariner requires memorization of the Rules, something I’ve always struggled with. But with enough studying, I can usually pull off a passing grade. At sea, it’s a bit easier since real life makes comprehension of the regulations easier. For those who don’t understand and heed the rules, a sad fate awaits:

Anyway, I have a ColRegs test tomorrow and needed something to break up the boredom of studying for it. If you’d like to try your hand at some of the questions, follow this link to USCGQ.com and chose the Rules of the Road question deck. Best of luck!

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