Course Descriptions & Student Learning Outcomes

HWST 110L - Wa‘A Ho‘Okele: Hawaiian Sailing Canoes Lab

  • Prerequisite or Co-requisite: HWST 110
  • Recommended Prep: Some ocean experience and experience on boats. Knowledge of one's susceptibility to seasickness and ways of preventing or dealing with seasickness, as needed.
  • Comment: Concurrent enrollment in or completion of HWST 110 with a "C" or higher grade. Students must pass a swim test during the first three weeks of class: Students will be asked to swim 500 meters and stay afloat for one hour in deep water. Students should also have the ability to jump onto the deck of a boat that is 1-2 feet below the pier level. Some heavy lifting (e.g. pulling up an anchor) may be required.

This course introduces students to the knowledge and skills needed to sail canoes in coastal waters. Students will apply the knowledge acquired in HWST 110 in hands-on activities. Repeatable once. May be taken on a CR/N basis.

3 hrs. lab. per week

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of HWST 110L, the student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of cultural protocols and values associated with sailing Hawaiian coastal canoes.
  • Demonstrate the ability to swim 500 meters and stay afloat for one hour in deep water.
  • Identify and explain dangers associated with sailing a coastal canoe and practice procedures and use equipment to safeguard against harm or injury at sea.
  • Identify and explain emergencies that may occur at sea and practice procedures and using equipment to respond to an emergency prevent injury or loss of life.
  • Demonstrate the ability to produce a sail plan.
  • Demonstrate the ability to monitor weather patterns and determine right winds and safe ocean conditions for sailing on a designated vessel to the destination indicated in the sail plan.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the roles and responsibilities of the captain, navigator, and other crew positions on board a coastal sailing canoe.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of parts of the canoe and canoe rigging.
  • Demonstrate skills needed to sail a coastal canoe, including tying and untying knots, casting off from a dock or weighing anchor, paddling, raking the mast, setting the sails, steering, tacking, stopping, anchoring, and docking.
  • Demonstrate a competence in coordinating activities of a sailing canoe and an escort vessel.

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