Sunday, 12 April 2009

Thank you for the money...

On behalf of everyone at Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat station I would like to thank The Holly Tree Pub at Lewisham for their £141.38 bar bottle collection. It is donations like this that enable the RNLI and their volunteer crews to save lives at sea.

Wednesday, 8 April 2009

Last night was our divisional inspection.  Our training manager organised a 'kayak rescue' off Pett slip.  I was the diabetic kayaker and threw myself into the oggin in  the hope that the lifeboat would succesfully make a low water launch and rescue problem.  Even in very good conditions though and with a bright orange kayak, it is surprising how hard it can be to see someone in the water.  Anyway, all went well and my kayak and I were safely returned to the boat house.  We have just received a cd of photos from our introduction course at the lifeboat college last week so I thought I would add some to this post as it brings back excellent memories.  

Saturday, 4 April 2009

ILB Intro Course

This last week saw two of us attend an ILB Intro course at the RNLI College in Poole. For us this was the culmination of a years hard work as probationers learning the ropes. The College is a fantastic environment for learning and the course was one of the most enjoyable things I have done. The instructors were superb and very patient with us. The week started with capsize drill in the sea survival pool (see pics). We both ended up sitting in crew position 3 which is probably the most sporting, but it really was an excellent experience. The rest of the week saw a mixture of theory and practical leading up to both a writen assessment and practical boat handling assessment. During the week we covered subjects such as; veering down, rough sea handling, IRPCS, role of the crew, navigation and MUCH more. The down side is that I have become used to eating like a king at every meal and my dry suit appears to have 'shrunk'!! to anyone who is booked to go on this course - you will thoroughly enjoy it. It now just remains to get back to the station and await the call of the pager.