This weekend we hosted a camp for a group of students who have shown interest in a career in Maritime. The group included a 2nd year student at Durban University of Technology; four Sea Cadets from TS Woltemade and twelve learners from Lawhill Maritime Centre, seven of whom hold bursaries from the General Botha Old Boys Association. The camp was generously sponsored by SAIMI (South African International Maritime Institute) and we based ourselves at the Felix Unite venue on the banks of the Breede River.
The programme started on the Wednesday and on Saturday mentors and sponsors were invited to observe the final session, a rescue scenario, and then join the students for the closing dinner.
Each lecture was followed by an opportunity to practice what they had learnt. The material is part of the curriculum for our rescue crew and includes modules ranging from capsize training and swift water rescue to managing stress and dealing with conflict.
Thank you to our course facilitators, Rico and Mark, for training these young men and women – they leave with new skills and great memories.
The South African International Maritime Institute (SAIMI) serves South Africa and the African continent by promoting skills development, education, training and research that supports growth of the blue economy.