19 Mar 2018
The visit was organised by Dover RNLI Coxswain James Clapham, and Darryl Cooper, our Marine Training Manager at the Maritime Skills Academy - who is also a volunteer RNLI Dover Crewman.
Darryl took the crew through many of the sea survival elements that are conducted in the purpose-built sea survival pool. It was a great opportunity for the volunteer RNLI crew to understand the level of training that the average commercial seafarer would have.
Elements covered included:
- Entry into the water wearing a ship abandonment lifejacket.
- Entry into the water from height.
- Cold water swimming technique.
- Water based casualty handling.
- Righting, boarding and exiting a commercial life raft.
- Commercial life raft equipment and its limitations.
- Use of lifebuoys.
- Boat capsize exercises.
The opportunity gave the crew a chance to brush up on sea survival skills and, for those crew members without a seafaring background, an insight into what equipment and knowledge a standard seafarer would have.
Darryl said ‘The RNLI is a very important charity to us as many of our staff, including our Academy chairman Dieter Jaenicke, have a seafaring background or have family members and friends who currently work at sea’.
Matthew Jaenicke, Managing Director said “We at Viking Recruitment and the Maritime Skills Academy are proud to have a good relationship with our local Dover station and the RNLI as a whole. One of our training boats once assisted the Dover lifeboat in a rescue of kayakers, we have staff that volunteer as crew and even our architect took inspiration from the RNLI college in Poole when designing our sea survival pool complex. We whole heartedly support the tireless efforts of the RNLI saving lives at sea’.