An Ocean Development ?
In the event of an accident or medical emergency on board TandEadapt or another vessel I'm crew on, I prioritise and STEP UP with skills and instruments to prolong and heighten chances of survival.
Tests included order of administrations and correct methods for carrying out procedures.
S - Stop and analyse
T - Traffic
E - Envirenment
P - Protection
U - Unknown Hazards
P - Prioritise
Engine to Go
Maintenance, what to check before a passage, what to check after a passage and the things to do in between. The course was a great method for seeing a hands on technique to service and maintain our Diesel engines on TandEadapt.
I passed this stage of the course. The next stage is 5 days intensive, stripping the Diesel engine down and hopefully putting it back together. The way to engine and go.
Until it's second nature
Three weeks of intensive morning to night courses and I've been advised to slow down. I intend to practise all the required formulas and skills until there second nature. Is that slowing down naturally?
The teachers at the school have been an intrinsic part of realising the promise of safe captainhood. It's not that I couldn't pass, it's that I haven't passed already.
Im considering 2 options:
1. A further development course over the winter months.
2. Practising six months on TandEadapt while refitting and anti fouling, until spring. Then make a passage back to the UK and complete the exam.
Radar Target Aquired
Knowledge of a Raytheon Radar device was only half of what was required learning for this exam. I studied a couple books on the subject but it was only after the day, seeing the technical methods of plotting and manoeuvring using a radar, it bears more than logic.
Terms like: MARPA - Mini Automatic Radar Plotting Aid
which included in its list of functions
CPA - closets point of approach
TCPS - time to closest point of approach
CRS - course
BRG - bearing
RNG - range
SPD - speed.
TandEadapt's current Radar unit does not have MARPA and I didn't know it existed before this course. Although I was weak on this subject of the course, I passed with my understanding of other parts of the Radar functionality. Target Aquired.
Theary is a Pass Test
Meterological exam coming up and I'm cramming another night of revision in. Beautiful night for observing the science here. The Vigouras Frontal Depressions that affect this region of the world have marred proof of itself. The low pressure is clearing to reveal Cumulos and even patchy stratus clouds. It indicates the weather could be changing from the usual grey overcast over the weekend.
I forsee the Occluded Front leaving us neither here nor there though. We can't escape sighns of the Met. I think I'm bright enough to pass though.
Focused on the exam and revising into the night. I'm dealing with coercion and freeing the potential it kills.
Three days in Falmouth, Cornwall and weather has been a constant difference from, Alicante. Showers and overcast have affected visibility and atmospher. The warm thing meeting me has been the people.
However, I am a Sea Surviver and have completed the course today to prove it. Horrific tales of casualties in boating accidents reaffirm the dangers and highlight the importance of understanding and studying the subject. I hope neither I nor my crew have to actually find ourselves without escape with these survival methods.
Aaron Dia Pemberton. RYA qualified skipper. Trawler yacht captain of T&Eadapt