Marvellous mariners

LAST Saturday morning, students from the current TAFE Coxswains course took part in and completed competencies in the practical component of the Manoeuvre Small Commercial Vessels module.

This exercise must take place on a commercial vessel.

The practical involves students carrying out pre-departure checks of a commercial vessel, a simulated man overboard drill and mooring exercises.

As usual the Marine Rescue crew were there with their rescue vessel CR2 to help out, donating their time and vessel for the exercise.

Despite having undertaken a difficult and lengthy tow of a disabled vessel on Friday night, on Saturday morning Graeme and Mark welcomed us on board, cheerfully giving encouragement and experienced advice to the marine students.

Hats off to the Marine Rescue mob, who, as well as providing an invaluable service to those venturing offshore, happily donate their time and resources to community marine safety education.

Much appreciated by myself and the students involved in the exercises.

Many thanks to all at Marine Rescue.

BOB BECK
Coffs Harbour TAFE



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