Club builds maritime skills
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.