Everyone in the pool!
Not that I ever had any doubts that she would, Rebecca has been kicking butt in her course this week. So far she has achieved 100% (or very close to it) on all of the written quizzes and tests and of course, has been doing great with the physical material. Yesterday, she and her classmates spent time in the pool working on sea survival strategies. This included instruction in how to safely jump into the water from a height (off a high ship for example), deploy, right and maintain liferafts, and use various flotation aides.
One of the devices that Rebecca and one of her classmates got to try out was a cold water immersion suit, aka a survival suit. I remember wearing the suit myself when I did the class last year and it’s amazing how buoyant it makes you. Although, in the blazing Trinidad sunshine, it’s hard to attest to its effectiveness in preventing hypothermia, that is one of the things that these suits are designed for.
As the risk of a catamaran inverting is somewhat greater than it sinking altogether, I have read that some cat owners feel that having immersion suits is more important than having a liferaft. We have neither but I can understand the logic. Keeping a couple of immersion suits on board would also cost a lot less than having an inflatable liferaft that must be re-certified every couple of years.
As for me, yesterday I completed the online exams for the PPR course, the final piece required to get the commercial endorsement on my Yachtmaster license. I’m going to try to get everything copied today and sent off to the UK via Fed Ex.