Tuesday, 29 May 2007

Learning the Ropes

Today Kev and I went over to the RNLI HQ in Poole, to crew for a staff induction day. Every now and and then we are called upon to assist on such occasions as it helps new staff to gain an understanding of what the organisation is all about.



Today was especially interesting because the Severn Lifeboat that we were on, was being used to assist in the training of Atlantic crew.


The trainers took the opportunity to pull alongside our vessel and transfer crew, a useful exercise for situations when you need to assist moving vessels.



Kev is truly committed to the cause, he even collected a few phone numbers so that he could offer his assistance in answering any difficult questions that the new staff came up with later on in the day!

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Sex pest strikes again, is no female safe.........no

David P said...

Ignore the less than helpful comments - just to say, since nobody else has, thanks for keeping this going - you're doing John out of a job :-)

Mart said...

Another interesting post, thanks Jo. Obviously there are huge differences between a Severn and a Mersey to look at (even to the untrained eye such as mine!!) How does working on them and driving them compare. Oh and as an aside do you drive or sail a lifeboat?!

Jojo said...

Well, you know how to make a girl blush!

There are big differences between the varying class of Lifeboat. Certainly the Severn is a lot more spacious than our boat; though we love our Mersey, space is at a premium. This means that we have to make the best use of every inch of our boat, which often means that our kit is not always stored in the most practical location....hence the need to know your way around the boat. Driving is different too, again mostly due to the size and weight.

Well, as the boat has an engine and no sails , I'd go for drive.

Anonymous said...

I would say that you helm a boat really. 'Sailing' is often used in connection with motor boats too. The ferry will be sailing at 20:00hrs for example. However if someone was 'Going out for a sail' then that would be in a sailing boat, I don't quite know what it would being if you were 'Going out for a motor' a tricky one. DT

Jojo said...

Good call

Mart said...

I think I am more confused than I was to start with, but thankyou very much for your answers lol.