Thursday, 12 February 2009


Each Wednesday night during the winter we are running shore based training at the boathouse for anyone who wants to brush up on things. These sessions are being run by the Coxswain, Second Coxswains and ILB Helmsmen. Topics to be covered are as follows:

Martin: ALB deckwork, fenders, towing, anchor
Rob: Your role/Station management/RNLI personnel, CoBT, Launch & Recovery
Dave: ALB layout & machinery, alarms, fire drill
John: Keeping a lookout, lights/shapes/sounds
Steve: Position and North, This is a chart, how deep is it.
Kev, Tom, Gav, Deasy still to be confirmed

So far the sessions are being well attended. Last night Sam, Ty, Darren, Becky and Andy turned out to spend an hour learning about keeping a lookout and lights, shapes and sound signals. Being completely honest, the subject matter is not the most inspiring, however, it is fundamental to keeping us safe at sea so we do need to make the effort to learn this stuff.

Luckily we are well supported in our endeavours by the RNLI who produce excellent online learning resources which we can all access at home. Hopefully now those 5 crew from last night have been online and have practised what we learnt using the 'Operations Training Online' (or OTO) resource from the RNLI.

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