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Old 03-03-2013
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Re: Tips on Watch Standing

Think it's important to keep tract of your crew. Keep a private informal log ( little spiral note book). Stuff to jot down
1.are they eating enough
2.are they drinking enough
3. are they peeing and pooping ( easy monitor of hydration)
4.are they getting along with their watch mate. Have they seen their watchmate do anything questionable or objectionable
5. Do they seem happy and content
6.Are they volenteering for ship chores and being active ( marker of general health)
7. Is their skin ok- sunburn/passage pimples/rashes
8. Any other health issues particular to that person

Most people do best when you talk to them in private. I'm easily distracted and find little book ( don't tell anyone about it) helps me check off these issues when you have a private moment wth each person. Sail with some stoical people who would never tell you these kind of things unless you ask - so a checklist reminds me to ask.
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