Teens on deck for lesson in safety
PROSERPINE State High School students gained some valuable hands-on experience with members of the Volunteer Marine Rescue (VMR) Whitsunday during a class excursion to Abell Pont Marina on Friday.
The year 12 students were invited onto the VMR Whitsunday Rescue vessel to actively complete an Elements of Shipboard Safety certificate which is a part of the senior marine education course.
VMR president and training officer Geoff Fitzsimmons donated his time along with VMR volunteer Tom Manning to teach students about safety at sea.
Mr Fitzsimmons outlined current safety procedures and features of the vessel and discussed the main causes of callouts for commercial and private boats.
“These young men are coming to an age where they will soon be able to get their boat licence and they shouldn’t ever come into trouble if they obey basic safety rules, use effective communication and plan their trips.
Marine education teacher Andrew Jolley said the qualification was a pre-requisite for gaining work on a commercial vessel.
“It is another feather in their cap as they head off into the world and potentially pursue careers in the fishing or tourism industries,” he said.
“They all found it really interesting and loved the opportunity to gain experience while learning outside the classroom,” Mr Jolley said.
HANDS-ON: Proserpine students Jeff Darlington, Daniel Hayes, Volunteer Marine Rescue president and training officer Geoff Fitzsimmons, Cameron Young, Ben Payne, marine education teacher Andrew Jolley, Tyson Collingwood and (center) Tyler Boyd during a class excursion to Abell Point Marina.