In honor of their 20th anniversary year, FarSounder released two training classes in Q1. The first is their Technician Training, which launched in January, and the End User Training that debuted in February. “Our systems are very unique and not taught in any classroom as of now,” says Cassie Stetkiewicz, director of marketing and business development at FarSounder.
The highly technical and in-depth Technician Training is designed for those who will be servicing and installing the systems. There’s a cost to take this training, unless you’re a certified dealer. However, it’s free for all to take the End User Training. “The curriculum covers the technology, system operations, interpretation of the sonar data, and system maintenance. This [four-hour] training is free to all who are interested and recommended for all bridge crew and operators and anyone who wants to learn about this unique technology,” says Stetkiewicz.
“FarSounder has been looking for creative ways to educate their users. This new online format mitigates the challenges posed by crews’ demanding schedules. Generally, it can be difficult for crew to attend live video conference training. This online platform is a great way to reach crew on their timeline,” she says. “With crew located around the world and often on the move from port to port, it can prove challenging to connect to teach them about the technology. This digital format opens learning about Argos systems to anyone, located anywhere in the world, and at any time of day.”
This column is taken from the November 2021 issue of Dockwalk.