Swell day for crews

Trainer volunteer crew and skippers experienced 4m high swells during exercise sessions. Picture: Matt Lee
Trainer volunteer crew and skippers experienced 4m high swells during exercise sessions. Picture: Matt Lee

Skipper Matt Lee said the group held a training day on June 27 to acclimatise trainee crew members to high swell conditions while operating the rescue vessels and to update skills of existing crew and skippers.

�All trainee crew and skippers met at the base for the training brief � a great turnout (enabled) two vessels to be deployed for vessel-to-vessel exercises,� he said.

�After the thorough briefing by the duty skipper and training assessor, all trainees and certified skippers and crew were assigned a vessel for the day.

�The weather was fair with a strong swell rolling in, therefore all safety assessments were implemented prior to any briefing, ensuring safety for all on board.�

Exercises included man overboard drills, passage of towline from vessel to vessel, passing through a reef from the sheltered side to the outer bank, navigation and handling vessels in high swell.

�All trainee crew and certified crew thoroughly enjoyed the training exercises as explained in debriefing, while building confidence of valuable skill sets that may be required for the group and outside commitments,� he said.

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