Wednesday, 14 March 2007

Gaining experience

As with most things, training a lifeboat crewmember is never a completed job. Rather it is a continuing journey in search of new knowledge and skills. Each step makes you more useful and effective but in a sense you never arrive at that ultimate.....the fully trained lifeboat crewmember.

At Swanage, like most other stations, we believe that the best training comes from a mix of training and experience. With this in mind, we try to take a handful of less experienced crewmembers on each ALB shout. This gives them a flavour of what it is like and allows them to hone their skills and knowledge in a more realistic environment.

The picture here shows Chad and Matt relaxing on the after rail as we recover. Nothing was demanded of them this time but they were there, part of the team.

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