Teens on deck for les­son in safety

Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

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.

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