Boatswains are the seamanship specialists of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF). They are responsible for the safe operation and maintenance of the ship’s rigging, shipboard cargo handling equipment, boats and small craft.
The range of their responsibilities and supervisory duties is wider than in most other seagoing occupations. Their primary responsibilities are to :
The Boatswain is truly the professional sailor, experiencing the unique adventures and challenges that come with work at sea, such as open deck surfaces and a rotating shift or watch system.
Ashore, Boatswains normally work as instructors training other naval personnel. Junior Boatswains spend time working outside their occupation performing general duties such as cleaning, painting, working in the cafeteria, standing sentry duty, storing the ship, and acting as members of the Naval Boarding Party.