Navy cadets en­joy weekend camp

Whitsunday Times - - ON THE WATER -

NAVY cadets from the lo­cal unit New Train­ing Ship (NTS) Whit­sun­day en­joyed their first weekend ac­tiv­ity for 2014 on Satur­day and Sun­day.

A to­tal of 15 cadets aged be­tween 12-and-a-half and 18, took part in the camp­ing and on-wa­ter ac­tiv­ity event.

Cadets set up camp at Cannonvale’s Seabreeze Car­a­van Park on Satur­day morn­ing be­fore head­ing to Shin­g­ley Beach for a four-hour sail­ing ses­sion in the unit’s two cor­sairs.

NTS com­mand­ing of­fi­cer Sub Lieu­tenant James Lang said the af­ter­noon in­cluded a cap­size drill, for the unit’s seven new re­cruits, who learned vi­tal skills such as how to right their cap­sized boat.

The evening was spent on fun ac­tiv­i­ties back at the camp, in­clud­ing pre­par­ing a bar­beque din­ner and watch­ing Iden­tity Thief on an out­door movie screen.

On Sun­day, the cadets were up early and af­ter a hearty bar­beque break­fast they made their way back to Shin­g­ley Beach for more sail­ing ac­tiv­i­ties.

Sub Lt Lang said thanks to the gen­eros­ity of man­age­ment at Abell Point Ma­rina, cadets were able to leave the cor­sairs fully as­sem­bled in the ma­rina, sav­ing valu­able time that would other­wise have been spent pack­ing them away.

At the end of the weekend ex­er­cise he said cadets ap­peared to have learnt some im­por­tant boat­ing and life skills.

“They cer­tainly learned some re­ally good team work skills and lead­er­ship in terms of who was in charge of the boat, giv­ing di­rec­tions and ev­ery­one trust­ing that per­son,” he said.

“And they just gen­er­ally had fun get­ting out there.”

Next on the agenda for NTS Whit­sun­day is a power boat safety course for staff in Mackay.

For more in­for­ma­tion about NTS Whit­sun­day, con­tact Sub Lt Lang on 0402 479 483.

SAIL­ING AD­VEN­TURE: Whit­sun­day Navy Cadets Kai Erick­son, Thomas Rud­dell, Jack­son Sum­mer­field-Fal­lon, Rhys Warminger, (mid­dle) Al­lan Thomas, Adam Warminger, Nel­son Byers, Anita Pen­der, Sa­hara Tay­lor-Crane, Tiler Hu­son, Lach­lan Craig, Jaxan Leo, David Rap­kins, com­mand­ing of­fi­cer James Lang, El­liot Hart, ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Martin Hart, (front) Ben Wain­wright and Kade Walker en­joyed a day out on the wa­ter on Sun­day.

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