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Old 02 April 2013, 05:12   #11
Country: UK - England
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we do the annual boat course for local beach lifeguards.
Some years ago on a nice hot summers day (remember those?) James, a lifeguard went into the water to do a test inflation of a manual lifejacket-something their manager insisted on every year. Before entering the water he opened up the velcro fastening around the lifejacket for some reason or other ("to help it"!?!). In the water he pulled the inflation cord and NOTHING happened!
Amidst a chorus of abuse from his mates, including "if at first you don't suceed then skydiving is not for you!" he climbed back into the boat where we found that when the cord was pulled it was simply rocking the bottle and it was only the velcroed up outer shell that kept the thing rigid enough to fire it.
Bad design-lesson learned!

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Old 02 April 2013, 12:35   #12
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As we get our LJ's serviced annually we do, each take a jump off every feb. Practice live MOB and test all kit inc mini flares and waterproof VHF's. Part of the pre session staff training. I would defo recommend it to all, the confidence to be gained and learning points taken away are second to none.

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Old 02 April 2013, 13:20   #13
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No word from lowflyer....hope they are not still bobbing in the solent......

Either that or there is still some blowing up going on.......
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Old 02 April 2013, 14:45   #14
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I'm a great believer in this policy. We've eliminated many problems over the years by doing what you hope not to do ! Within reason of course .... I haven't thrown any of my friends in yet ! But I've certainly instructed them on how to wear a life jacket properly with correct settings for crutch straps for example ... and also the emergency stop drill on my most powerful ribs.

You'll never cover all the options, but having tested a few scenarios it will make you a bit calmer if the real thing happens, and that will count for a lot to help you resolve what ever position you find yourself in

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Old 02 April 2013, 14:53   #15
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Old 02 April 2013, 15:59   #16
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All ok Peter. Felling a little deflated now...

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