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October 2018

AS SSS REVALIDATION COURSE NOW SIMPLIFIED
Acting on the advice of our customers, we are modifying the way in which we deliver the AS revalidation course. No longer a stand alone course, we will incorporate content into one of the two days of the full course containing wet drills and flare drills. For Brisbane clients the revalidation course will be run on the Saturday 0800 -1700 and Sydney clients the revalidation course will be run on the Sunday of the full course 0800-1700.
This means :
  • AS SSS Revalidation will be run on a weekend in both locations.
  • Delivery costs will be reduced to $400 per person.
  • Full course participants will benefit from the experience of the experienced revalidating students.
  • All revalidating participants will receive updated course notes current to 2018.
This change will take effect from November 2018.
See our website for NEW dates for AS Revalidation courses.

 

September 2018

WHY MARINE FIRST AID IS DIFFERENT
 
If you sail offshore, you need to know more. The average first aid course will assist if you encounter an injury in a major centre where the response time of the ambulance is 11 minutes. The response time for medical assistance offshore is significantly longer (think three hours) and the range of injuries significantly greater. The average first aid course does not teach you how to use the contents of your marine first aid kit, nor what your first aid kit should contain. We will provide this guidance, and also teach you current best practice in the treatment of marine specific injuries. What extra equipment should you carry? How do you suture wounds, treat coral cuts, move patients from the deck and secure them below, give injections, identify and treat post-traumatic stress and USE RADIO MEDICAL PROTOCOLS. Our training is delivered by instructors who are familiar with the offshore environment and who are emergency nurses or paramedics, not just first aid trainers.

 

August 2018

REVALIDATION COURSES FOR SEA SAFETY UNDER THREAT IN QUEENSLAND.
 
Following the decision by Australian Sailing  to downgrade Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race to AS Race Category 3 to increase participation rates in this event, there has been a marked decline in course attendees undertaking Sea Survival training in Brisbane. It is no longer mandatory for 30% of crew to hold this qualification for the Brisbane to Gladstone event.
The flow on affect is that fewer racing sailors are revalidating this qualification. Revalidation is a one day course covering what has changed since they undertook the course, AND  a workshop on recent marine incidents relevant to offshore racing as well as updated life raft, life jacket and flare training.
 
Australian Sailing Sea Safety Revalidation Course is a mandatory requirement for all crew holding this obviously worthwhile qualification when it expires (five years after issue). This revalidation process currently applies to 50% of crew competing in Category 1 and 30% of crew in Category 2 offshore yacht races. However Australian Sailing has determined that Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht race is now a Cat 3 event where no safety training is required.
So current qualified sailors are not bothering to revalidate even if they are continuing to race to Gladstone.

This means fewer scheduled Australian Sailing full courses in Brisbane and fewer scheduled revalidation opportunities for those who sail in races in other states and overseas.
 
Fewer training opportunities will result in fewer sailors being trained in Sea Safety as the years progress.
 
More Marine Incidents like the Geoff Cruse incident in the 2018 Brisbane to Gladstone yacht race.
 
Coroner Abernathy found when investigating the six deaths in the 1998 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race that “It is indisputable that in an emergency a trained crew have a greater chance of survival than an untrained crew”
If you are the skipper, you are responsible.

 

July 2018

OBLIGATIONS OF RECREATIONAL RADAR OPERATORS
If your vessel, power or sail is fitted with a radar set,  you, the vessels skipper, are required to ensure that the set is operational AND that you know how to use it. This equipment is not a video game. In restricted visibility there are specific rules for making decisions about what you can and cannot do , if you detect by radar alone, a target forward of the beam. Most recreational sailors are unaware of these obligations. Do you know there are no stand on and give way vessels in restricted visibility where you detect by radar alone the presence of another vessel forward of the beam? Do you know sailing vessels in these conditions have no right of way? That you cannot turn to port? Unless?
Gain valuable insights into your obligations

 

June 2018

DIESEL COURSE A REAL BENEFIT
During a recent heavy weather event in Sydney, a client with a boat in a mooring in Sydney Harbour, on a swing mooring, had to move it to a more secure location. He is a racing sailor and only keeps a small amount of fuel in his tank. The tank was near empty and the fuel had been agitated by the waves and the 40kt wind. 
 
His email reads “Never had to change a filter or bleed the fuel system in the 12 years I have owned the vessel, let me tell you I was glad I did your diesel engine maintenance course! A real benefit. Got it done in record time, at night, and moved it to a secure mooring. It would have ended up on the beach or worse still on the rocks. Thanks Gerry “

 

May 2018

ANOTHER RACING CREW OVERBOARD DEATH
 
The tragic death of an Australian sailor occurred last weekend when Max Peters fell overboard in Port Phillip. This follows the death of John Fisher in March, when he fell overboard during the Volvo ocean race.
Why is this reoccurring?
During this year's Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race, in heavy running conditions, a crew member in the Multihull Yacht Club event fell overboard. It is reported that he was not wearing a life jacket or harness or tether. He did not die due to excellent seamanship of the crew on the vessel on which he was competing.
But why is this reoccurring?
In this case he fell overboard in the same race in 2006. He was not wearing a life jacket harness or tether then either.
Why is this reoccurring?
Deaths at sea are avoidable

 

April 2018

COMPETENCY BASED TRAINING IS BETTER
We deliver two training courses for mariners which are competency based, meaning you will know how to use the equipment when you leave our class room. I refer to MARINE RADIOS for short range marine use (VHF) and long rage marine use (HF). You will be taught “hands on” how to use DSC technology. The majority of marine radio trainers (invigilators) will train you to answer 35 out of 50 exam questions correctly and you will not be required to actually use a marine radio. Most would agree that this method of obtaining a marine radio licence is totally unsatisfactory. There are very few of us using competency based training methods in Marine Radio training. Available in Brisbane at Manly and Sydney at Mosman monthly.
 
Our MARINE FIRST AID course has been developed over a fifteen year period specifically for people like you who sail offshore in remote locations. Delivered in a competency based format by experienced medical professionals, you will learn how to give injections and suture wounds. You will focus on injuries which are marine related. This course, delivered in one day of ten hours, meets requirements of the marine industry globally. Delivered in both Brisbane and Sydney monthly.

 

March 2018

BESPOKE COURSES AVAILABLE
We can come to you or we can arrange a course tailor-made to suit you and your crew's requirements for any of our training products. We understand that our course dates may not suit your availability .We have kept some week days as well as week ends free every month. We can travel to your club on request with a minimum of eight participants for each course. For example, we travel as far as the Peoples Republic of China, Hong Kong, Darwin, Mackay, Yeppoon, Gladstone, Mooloolaba, Brisbane, Southport, Coffs Harbour, Gosford, Newcastle, Pittwater, Sydney, Cronulla, Melbourne, Launceston.
So if our scheduled course dates don’t work for you contact us about arranging a convenient date and location. 
CONTACT US ABOUT A BESPOKE MARINE TRAINING COURSE AT A VENUE NEAR YOU

 

January 2018

THE SEA DOESN'T CARE 

As we have recently seen with six deaths on one boat off the Gladstone coast, the sea does not discriminate between offshore sailors and commercial mariners. It’s now twenty years since the six deaths in the Sydney to Hobart yacht race and I question, has our collective memory forgotten the findings of the 1998 S2H Coroner?
 “It is indisputable that a trained crew have a greater chance of survival than an untrained crew." 

It is regrettable that Australian Sailing has supported the removal of mandatory Sea Safety Training in the Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race, so as to improve participation rates. A very poor decision by the two organizing clubs is my view, which will have far reaching implications if not addressed.
So you don’t need this qualification to race but you do need it to sail safely.
 If you are the skipper/owner you are responsible