Professional Skills Competition
Medical Diagnosis and Stretcher Race. This is a command size category competition. Each competing unit must field a team consisting of five individuals: one patient and four responders. All command teams must have one Hospital Corpsmen (HMs) participating. Each competing unit must provide its own stretcher and a gun bag with first aid dressing. All competitors will be in their Navy Working Uniforms (NWU) for the competition, covers will not be required while competing. Teams will be required to provide Moulage for the competition. Responders must properly assess, diagnose, treat, and transport the patient appropriately. Teams will demonstrate proficiency in treating the "GITMO Eight" wounds. Judging criteria includes diagnosis, treatment, and transportation skills from portions of the TORIS (CE Sheets) evaluation card and overall time elapsed to complete event.
Rescue Swimmer Competition. This is a command size category competition. Rescue Swimmer Competition will be held at the Fleet Rec Pool. Competition will consist of physical readiness and rescue swimmer application. Commands will enter teams made up of two swimmers. Competition consists of pull ups (5 points per pull up, max 100 points), sit ups (1 point per sit up, max 100 points), push up (1 point per push up, max 100 points), timed 200 meter swim/buddy tow, and timed litter swim. Litter swim will be a timed 200 meter with a survivor in the litter. Survivor for the swim/buddy tow will be the swimmer for the litter swim event.
Damage Control Olympics. This is a command size category competition. DC Olympics will be held at the Farrier Firefighting School. Commands may enter one team consisting of no less than 6 but no more than 15 personnel. Due to scheduling restrictions, only 18 teams may enter the competition. Teams will demonstrate DC proficiency by completing the following:
- DC Level of Knowledge Exam
- P-100 rig/operate
- Pipe patching
- Team FFE dress out
- DC Relay
- Tie-breaker event if required.
Teams will report in NWU for the Farrier Fighting School Staff in-brief. Teams will provide their own presentable blue working coveralls which must have all proper insignia and name tapes. Red coveralls are not authorized. Farrier Firefighting School will not provide any coveralls, boots, or flash gear to be worn by competitors. Covers are not required on the compound. Leather steel-toed boots must be worn by all team members. Medical screenings are not required as there will be no live fires.
Seamanship Olympics. This is a command size category competition. Seamanship Olympics will be held at Naval Station Norfolk D-29 BDOC spaces and the Naval Station Norfolk Parade Field. Commands may enter one team consisting of no less than 5 and no more than eight personnel. Seamanship Olympics is comprised of the following:
- Shiphandling simulator
- Rules of the Road/Maneuvering Board competition
- Boatswain's Piping competition
- Knot tying
- Line heaving
Shiphandling Competition. Command POCs will submit the name, rank, and billet of the participant who will participate for the command. Each command may enter one qualified conning officer E-7 through 0-3 as their best shiphandler to represent their command. Competitors will use the ship class they represent. If that class of ship is unavailable, they can select another ship class with which they are familiar. Each competitor will be judged in conning their ship during an approach to a pier. Judges will award points for competitors based on the following criteria:
- Maintain a safe distance from the channel buoys, piers and other ships.
- Take wind and current into account.
- Correctly utilize the Split ship concept to conduct pier work.
- Make corrections for various locations of ship pivot point.
- Approach the pier at a safe speed.
- Land bow first when docking.
- Land within limits (<0.5 kts all directions within 10 yards of BHS) .
Conning officers will receive evaluation from the judges following their event. In the event of a tie, competitors will conduct a secondary run to determine final score.
Rules Of The Road/Maneuvering Board Competition. Command POC's will submit the name, rank, and billet of each participant who will participate for the command. Commands will enter at least one but no more than two competitors for both events. The Rules of the Road competitor must be, at a minimum, the rank of E-7 through 0-3 and qualified Officer of the Deck. The Maneuvering Board competitor must, at a minimum, be CIC Watch Supervisor qualified. This portion of the Seamanship Olympics will be held at Naval Station Norfolk, Building D-29, BDOC spaces.
The Rules of the Road will be a 50 question exam using questions from the United States Coast Guard ROR exam question bank. Competitors will have one hour to complete the exam. Commands may use the same competitor from the Rules of the Road exam compete in the Maneuvering Board (MOBOARD) competition or a different competitor meeting the minimum qualification requirements.
Competitors for the MOBOARD competition must bring their own materials (i.e., MOBOARDS, dividers, parallel rulers, and pencils). No computers or calculators are allowed. The contest will consist of five MOBOARD problems of increasing difficulty.
There will be a one hour time limit for the competition. There will also be three tiebreaker questions worth five points each (no penalty for not answering, but if there is a tie, those who have correct answers get bonus points).
Completely correct entries will automatically negate all other partially correct submissions. Speed and tiebreaker points will determine winners if required. In the case of a tie, a run off competition will be arranged with entrants. Speed points will be awarded as follows: five points (or part of) under one hour (i.e., 56 minutes to 59 minutes: plus five points; 51 minutes to 55 minutes: plus 10 points; 46 minutes to 50 minutes: plus 15 points; etc.). The following scoring will apply: negative one point for each degree or fraction off (1.1-2); negative one point for each 100 yards off (1-100 yards.); negative one point for each minute or fraction of a minute off (1.1-2 min.). All competition decisions will be made by the event coordinator and are final.
Messenger Heave. The messenger will be 100 feet of standardized heaving line. Messenger heave consists of throwing the messenger through two markers 10 feet apart, 75 feet down range. A miss eliminates throwers. Competition will continue until a single thrower remains.
Knot Tying. Competition consists of tying five of the following knots, chosen by the event coordinator: clove hitch, bowline, square knot, double bowline, double becket bend, sheepshank, stopper hitch, Spanish bowline, reef knot in middle of a line, or a bowline on a bight. Each knot is tied simultaneously by all competitors. Grading is based on speed, correctness, and knowledge of general use of the knot. A 10 - second penalty is awarded for incorrectly tied knots. A 5 - second penalty is awarded for stating wrong usage of the knot.
Boatswain's Pipe. Competitors must provide their own standard Navy Boatswain's pipe. Competition consists of performing the following calls: mess call, pipe the side, pipe down, and sweepers veer. Grading is based on knowledge of use of the call, quality (crispness and clarity) of the call, and duration of the call. Competitors may be asked to perform the same call several times for judging purposes.
M-240/.50 CAL Simulated Shoot. This is a command size competition. The M-240/.50 CAL simulated shoot will be held at Naval Station Norfolk Ramage Hall Sub Learning Facility, Building CEP 166. Participating commands will enter two shooters for the competition and each shooter will fire both weapons. The competition will consist of a 100 round course of fire with both weapons firing simultaneously. Each shooter must be able to load and prepare the weapon alone. Assistance will only be provided if the weapon has a mechanical failure not caused by the shooter. If the shooter is not able to load and fire the weapon they will be awarded a zero for a score. Each shooter will fire one 100 round string at a target. Each individual score will be recorded and a combined score will be recorded. Shooters will then switch weapons and repeat the course of fire. Individual and combined team scores will be recorded in order to determine the event winner. In case of a tie, teams will shoot an additional course of fire until a Winner is determined.
Cake Baking/Decorating Contest. This is a straight competition (first, second, and third, no category). Any command may provide one entry prepared by a single Culinary Specialist in pay grade E-3 to E-6. Chili cook-off competitors may not participate in the cake decoration contest. The maximum size of the cake will be 2 ~ feet by 3 ~ feet (excluding decorations) and must not be taller than 10 inches from the base of the cake to the height of the tallest decoration. The cake must be cooked and decorated in the command's own galley. The cake will be limited to two layers (each no more than two inches thick) plus optional sculptures, using only butter cream icing, and the entire cake must be made of edible materials. Artistic lettering (long hand only) is permitted. Any appropriate nautical or naval theme may be used. Competitors must incorporate the SLW motto of "We have the watch, Be Relevant ... All Ahead Flank" in the design. Points will be awarded based on originality of design, color combination, texture of frosting, texture of cake, and taste. A 3 x 5 inch white index card will accompany the entry identifying the command, Culinary Specialists' name and recipe. On the back of the recipe card, the command's Executive Officer will sign to certify the cake was made from scratch by the Culinary Specialist named and in the command's galley. Competitors must deliver their cake entries to the Breezy Point Park no later than 1230 on 16 May. Entries arriving after 1230 will not receive a five point deduction.
Chili Cook-Off. This is a straight competition (first, second, and third; no category) . Any command may provide one entry prepared by any number of Culinary Specialists in pay grade E-1 through E-6. Cake decorating contest entrants may not participate in chili cook-off. A minimum of two gallons of chili must be prepared and cooked in the command's own galley. Final ingredients may be added just prior to the competition, onthe day of judging. A 3 x 5 inch white index card must accompany the entry identifying the command, Culinary Specialist(s) and recipe. On the back of the card, the command's Executive Officer will sign to certify the chili was made in the command's own galley. Points will be awarded on originality of ingredients, texture and appearance, and taste. Points earned for the chili cook-off will not count towards the command's overall SLW points total. The chili cook-off competition will be held from 1300-1400 at Breezy Point Park at NAVSTA Norfolk during the SLW Closing Ceremony.
Command Mascot Costume Contest. The SLW Closing Ceremony will include a command mascot costume contest. Commands are encouraged to submit one entry for the competition. Entries should personify the command's namesake, primary mission, and surface warrior ethos. Only one person may wear the costume. Judging will be based on crowd response to the entry. Winners will net receive points towards the overall SLW winners score.
Closing Ceremony and Awards Presentation. The SLW Closing Ceremony and Awards Presentation will be held at Breezy Point Park at Naval Station Norfolk on Friday, May 16 from 1300-1600. Awards will be given to the winners of each event and awards will be presented to each winning command for the small, medium, and large command categories. The overall points winner between the three command category winners will be named the overall SLW Champion. The championship trophies for each overall command category winner and overall SLW championship will be allowed to be taken to the winning command but must be returned to the COMNAVSURFLANT NLT 30 May.