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Canadian Coast Guard College Course Information Sheet

Bridge Resource Management (BRM) Concepts 110

General Information

Unique Course Number

Program Title Canadian Coast Guard Officer Training Program
Course Description: Designed internationally in response to major incidents and
accidents, this course provides masters and Navigating Officers awareness and
guidance to good operating practices by regular use of sound and proper procedures
to ensure the safety of the ship, its personnel, cargo and protection of the
environment. This course is in compliance with the Convention on Standards of
Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW), 1978 as amended
in 1995 which provides in Chapter VIII, Part 3-1 of the non-mandatory Code B
guidance on keeping a navigational watch. The STCW is an International
Convention managed by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) the
primary sub-group of the United Nations that oversees marine issues on
international waters and within the waters of signatory countries.

Academic Information

Associated Department or Sub-Department Head of Navigation

Prerequisites N/A
Hours: Theory___12_ Lab______ Field Work _______ Total_12___
Maximum Number of Learners: 24

Understand the development of a safety culture though a team approach

o Discuss the BRM Concept
o Discuss the Error Chain Analysis and the importance of Breaking the
Chain of Events
o Explain situational awareness
o List the factors that influence situational awareness
o Explain how to maintain good situational awareness
o Discuss the signs of a loss of situational awareness
o Explain the need for cultural awareness

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o Explain different types of culture (company, safety, professional, national,

o Discuss how culture can affect behaviour
Understand operational relationships
o Value the relationships between the Master, Officer of the Watch (WOO)
and the Harbour Pilot
o Explain the importance of briefings
o Explain the importance of debriefings
o Define authority and assertiveness
o Explain the need for balance between authority and assertiveness
o Discuss leadership styles and their impact
o Value teamwork approach to bridge organization
o Discuss the physiological and psychological limitations of human
o Discuss factors that can lead to the loss of performance
o Discuss the leadership structure of a vessel in regards to BRM
Understand vessel operations in the BRM environment
o Discuss the correct way to communicate in an operational environment
o Identify the signs of stress and how stress degrades performance
o Explain strategies for managing a crew through crisis
o Discuss and apply emergency situational preparedness
o Apply BRM concepts to passage planning and execution

Course evaluation methodology Assignments and written tests

Instructor Minimum Qualifications Acceptable certification as a Navigation

Quality Management Information

Link to client requirements Transport Canada - TP 13117 E Training Program in

Bridge Resource Management, September 1999, Sections 1.1-3.2; TP 2293E; TP
Last Reviewed (Date) November 2011

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