Thursday, 14 December 2006

Sea survival

Fresh back from lifeboat college in Poole are Jo Bowry, Becky Mack, Anthony Corben and James Chadwick. They have, for the past 3 days, been attending the Sea Survival, Fire Fighting and basic First Aid course. I have recently taken on this challenge and found it to be not only enormously fun, but also tremendously challenging. Perhaps the pinnacle of the course is the sea survival exercise in the 'Environmental Pool' There is no getting away from the fact that this is a deeply unpleasant experience which rams home the scary reality of exactly what it would be like to be a survivor in a liferaft. The pool can recreate Force 7 wind conditions, 2 metre seas, thunder, lightening and rain!

Perhaps the biggest lesson? Always step up into a's a place you don't want to be unless there realy are no other options left.

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