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The joint Mid Herts Divers and Stevenage Offshore Cruising Association Sea Survival event in March was well attended and enjoyed by all those who took part. Thanks to SOCA for donating the liferaft, Tanya and Stewart Warren for preparing and presenting the training event and MHD for the use of their pool and instructors.

This was an informal training event based on BSAC, RNLI and RYA safety advice. The evening commenced with a classroom session of sea safety and survival information interspersed with videos.

BEFORE YOU GO TO SEA
How to prevent many of the incidents which could cause you to be in a survival situation in the first place. Plan your trip properly including Tides and Weather, Navigational Dangers, Leave Information ashore and remember to report back when safely at destination, lifesaving signals.

LIFE JACKETS
Features and maintenance. A good lifejacket will turn you over if unconscious and keep airways clear of water. They are also vital to surviving cold water shock.

COLD WATER SHOCK
The body’s uncontrollable gasping reaction to being suddenly immersed in cold water. 1/3 of a normal breath is enough water to kill.

MORE SAFETY EQUIPMENT
First Aid, Communication, Flares, Fire extinguishers, MOB Equipment, Grab bag, Life raft and it’s contents.

WHAT TO DO IN AN EMERGENCY
May day calls, Man overboard drills, Abandon Ship, Entering the water, Help position, Float to live.

PRACTICAL
Following the classroom training the divers and sailors headed to the poolside. A demo liferaft was secured and then thrown ‘overboard’. Following inflation we looked at the contents of the liferaft including first aid, rations, bailers, sponges and sea anchors.

The practical session included righting an upturned liferaft, entering liferaft from a vessel (poolside) and from water, stride entry into water: cover airway, secure lifejacket. In water survival techniques, line throwing and paddling the liferaft.

A fun and memorable training session.

RNLI Coastal Safety:
completeguide.rnli.org
completeguide.rnli.org/cold-water-shock
Float to live:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=jncVb2onYC4

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