Club builds mar­itime skills

Whitsunday Times - - ON THE WATER -

THE Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club has helped to build the skills and ca­reers of seven lo­cals, in­clud­ing high schools stu­dents and mem­bers of the lo­cal Vol­un­teer Ma­rine Res­cue (VMR) club, by putting them through an in­ter­na­tional ma­rine safety course last week.

Through the club’s Mar­itime Train­ing Cen­tre, four VMR mem­bers and three Proser­pine State High School stu­dents were given the rare op­por­tu­nity to un­der­take the highly-re­garded Cer­tifi­cate of Safety Train­ing (STCW95) course, fully funded by the club.

The com­mer­cial course took them through in­tense the­ory and prac­ti­cal train­ing for sea safety sur­vival and in­cluded four sep­a­rate com­po­nents in­cor­po­rat­ing study, ex­am­i­na­tions and prac­ti­cal ex­er­cises.

Whit­sun­day Mar­itime Train­ing Cen­tre in­struc­tor Chris Green, him­self a qual­i­fied Mas­ter Class 1, said the course was manda­tory for all blue­wa­ter mariners and opened up many ca­reer op­por­tu­ni­ties for work on com­mer­cial ves­sels op­er­at­ing in in­ter­na­tional waters, in­clud­ing su­pery­achts.

“Some of it [the train­ing] is rig­or­ous, how­ever they all did ex­tremely well [and] it’s great to see lo­cals hav­ing an in­ter­est in a mar­itime ca­reer,” he said.

VMR Whit­sun­day se­nior crew mem­ber Dean Fos­ter said the STCW95 train­ing course would be vi­tal to the VMR with its sea sur­vival and emer­gency pro­ce­dure fo­cus.

“Not only will it help the VMR and com­mu­nity, it’s won­der­ful to work closely with the sail­ing club,” he said. Year 11 stu­dent Lukas Berg­er­mann said he was plan­ning to do even more mar­itime train­ing in the fu­ture.

With a goal to be a ma­rine engi­neer, Lukas said it was great to see the club giv­ing this sort of op­por­tu­nity to young peo­ple.

LEARN­ING EX­PE­RI­ENCE: Whit­sun­day skip­per Damian Suck­ling, Dean Fos­ter (VMR), high school stu­dents Tiana Moloney, Rob­bie Mar­shall and Lukas Berg­er­mann, Dean Kowitz (VMR) Lau­rie Stoppa, Luke Duffy and An­drew Men­tiplay (back), Kirby Lee Que and Ray Lewis (VMR), Sara Plum­mer and Brad Medwell-Everett (front), com­pleted the Cer­tifi­cate of Safety Train­ing (STCW95) course run by the Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club's mar­itime train­ing academy.

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