Mentor F.A.Q.

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This page contains answers to common questions about Mentors, along with other information that we have found useful and presented here as questions.

What is a Mentor? What do they do?

A Boat Crew Qualification Program mentor works with a boat crew candidate, supervising training on particular tasks in the relevant qualification guide (crew or coxswain). The mentor assists the candidate in finding the required reading assignments for a task, reviews the task performance standards, and assists the candidate in practicing the task.

When the candidate can completely and properly perform the task, the mentor signs the candidate's qualification guide. This is done for each task in the qualification guide (although the same mentor might not be mentoring each task).

The quality of a candidate's training is directly dependent upon the quality of the mentor's own boat crew performance and experience.

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What qualifications does a Mentor have to have?

Boat Crew Qualification Program Mentors are currently or recently (within 2 years) certified Boat Crew members. Coxswains may mentor coxswain or crewmember candidates; crewmembers may only mentor crewmember candidates.

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Who assigns mentors to candidates?

The flotilla commanders or their designee (FSO-MT or FSO-OP) assign mentors to trainees. If inter-flotilla and/or division training is offered with mentors from other flotillas, the flotilla commanders (FC's) need to give their approval of the mentors who will be signing off their members. This keeps the FC's "in the loop" in knowing who is signing off their members (and therefore, keeps the FC responsible for the quality of the mentors and the quality of the training.)

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Can a QE be a Mentor?

QEs are among the "best" or most-skilled coxswains in the district. They can be highly effective in training new BCQP candidates.

The only professional ethics issue to keep in mind is that if a QE has been more than casually involved in a member's training, the QE probably should not be the one evaluating the candidate in an underway check ride. QEs are aware of this issue and can make a decision to recuse themselves when appropriate.

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