Survival skill for Coast Guard volunteer crews
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
IN TRAINING: Trevor and Maree Lynch join Lee Aeberhard in the life raft.