Last weekend two training coxswains from Richards Bay, Jaco vd Walt & Fred Erasmus with crew, Werner Smit, Ernst Bohm & Chrissy vd Walt, travelled to Durban to participate in a theory and practical introduction to handling a 4metre rescue boat.
Brynn Gericke took the pictures and reports:
We spent the classroom session at the Durban station covering amongst other things:
1) Reading the waves
2) Deciding on a launch site
3) Understanding the effects that the topography of the beach has on currents
4) Hand signals between shore and boat crew
5) Safety equipment
6) Boat checks, etc
And then we made our way to two different launch sites, allowing the trainees to test their practical skills. We also had the opportunity to hone our capsize skills with a training boat supplied by Dawson’s Skipper Training.
Overall a lot was learnt by all who attended. A big thank-you to Sean Serfontein & Paul Dawson who lectured us and imparted invaluable information.