Originally Posted by miccheck1516
It's unlikely that someone in a SIB (1m above the sea level) will need to relay anything to the coastguard for a ship.(10+m above sea level likely with MF comm set.)
Im suprised that they give you a script when you do the course, i'd have thought at the very least, they would have you be able to call out a mayday or pan pan from memory.
oh look, you can get the (not so exclusive) script on google
This Mayday card is for you to download and modify
MIPNANO is good to remember;
I - Identification
P - Position
N - Nature of problem
A - Assistance reqd
N - Number of POB
O - Other (weather, intentions, LSA carried)
Its amazing what you forget when you are in an emergency.
We have very well trained officers on my ship, who use the VHF and radio every day, yet we still have the card printed out next to the VHF, and GMDSS stations in case of an emergency, so that they can go through step by step what to do.
Pilots on aircraft do the same, and they fly the things every day, and do intensive training every few months, but they still use checklists, and cards to follow in the event of an emergency.
Oh and training is ongoing, constantly, and repetitively, and still in times of high stress things can still be forgotten.
I would rather go through the training a few times, refresher courses and drills, than to read something on a computer once and (foolishly) consider myself an expert.
One of the other parts of our training is to understand human resources, and how people cope (or not, as is usual) in high stress situations, and one of the terms used is "information dump" where after a certain amount of stress and information your brain dumps massive amounts of info to the point that some people cannot recall their own name.
Drills and training are one way to help over come these things.
All I can hope is that others dont need to rely on you remembering all those acronims in an emergency