Sur­vival skill for Coast Guard vol­un­teer crews

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - SPORT -

SUR­VIV­ING at sea, if you are forced to aban­don your ves­sel, is one of the many skills taught to all Coast Guard vol­un­teer boat crews.

In fact, you have to pass this train­ing be­fore mem­bers can be­come com­pe­tent crew.

Re­cently three new mem­bers took part in this im­por­tant life-sav­ing train­ing ex­er­cise in Pu­mice­s­tone Pas­sage, where they put all their the­ory lessons to the test in a gru­elling train­ing ses­sion.

The group com­prised of hus­band and wife, Trevor and Ma­ree Lynch and Lee Ae­ber­hard, all lo­cal res­i­dents.

Un­der the watch­ful eyes of their train­ing of­fi­cer, the vol­un­teers were re­quired to don their life jack­ets and jump into the sea from their boat, swim out to an up­turned in­flated life raft, right it and then climb aboard.

They then had to take off their life jack­ets in the wa­ter and demon­strate their swim­ming abil­i­ties and demon­strate the hud­dle po­si­tion used to ward off hy­pother­mia.

Ac­cord­ing to the trainer the new vol­un­teers passed and will soon be­come com­pe­tent crew al­low­ing them aboard Coast Guard Caloun­dra’s two res­cue ves­sels.

Coast Guard Caloun­dra is look­ing for vol­un­teers to par­tic­i­pate in ei­ther crew du­ties, op­er­ate the base ra­dio sta­tion or fundraise.

We are seek­ing men and women aged 18 and up­ward. Con­tact 5491 3533 or email fao.qf4@coast­


IN TRAIN­ING: Trevor and Ma­ree Lynch join Lee Ae­ber­hard in the life raft.

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