At home on the sea

A three-day cruise over the Labor Day weekend brought Opal Livingston a step closer to becoming a quartermaster.

During the weekend, Livingston commanded the Sea Scout Ship Decisive on its cruise to Hanalei Bay, leaving Nawiliwili Harbor on Saturday and anchoring in Hanalei over the weekend before returning to Nawiliwili on Monday.

“She did an excellent job and is well on her way to earning quartermaster,” said Larry Richardson, commodore of the Aloha Council, Boy Scouts of America Sea Scouting program. 

The quartermaster rank in the Sea Scouting program is equivalent to the BSA Eagle Scout ranking, the highest level a scout is able to achieve while participating in the program.

Livingston, 18, is a graduate of Kauai High School and is enrolled in the culinary arts program at Kauai Community College.

A quartermaster candidate must take command of a vessel with a crew of not less than four Sea Scouts for at least 40 consecutive hours, including two nights.

During the cruise, Livingston had the duty of delegating and supervising all duties associated with the cruise, including inspection of the vessel for required equipment, supervising menu preparation, and preparing the boat to get underway using a proper checklist approved by the Sea Scouting leaders.

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