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Old 13 July 2010, 15:12   #1
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Sea Survival Course ......

If anyone has been pondering doing this I am booked up (with Mrs M) on Sat to do this with Stormforce in Southampton.

I have only ever heard good things about this so I'm urging anyone I know to give them (Doug) a ring and see if you can get down there at the weekend.

I know several Ribneters who have done it & have sworn by it.

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A great course, you will both enjoy and learn lots.

You will never take being in the water with an inflated lifejacket on, for granted ever again.

Very much recommend and money very well spent
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Old 13 July 2010, 17:23   #3
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A great course, you will both enjoy and learn lots.

You will never take being in the water with an inflated lifejacket on, for granted ever again.

Very much recommend and money very well spent
Agreed, did the course with Ian from Seaskills in Oban last weekend , learnt loads, including don't necessarily expect your lifjacket to inflate automatically (mine didn't) or the life raft to inflate properly either for that matter! A lesson better learnt in a swimming pool than in the dark in a rough sea!
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Old 14 July 2010, 05:20   #4
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Yes -Seaskills courses are good, I organised one with 16 people on a few years back, but i think they (instructors) enjoy the last exercise too much!!.

I believe Ian @ SeaSkills can arrange them anywhere in UK...Jon Clift one of Sea Skills Instructors are based in Salcombe.

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Old 14 July 2010, 06:37   #5
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learnt loads, including don't necessarily expect your lifjacket to inflate automatically (mine didn't)
interesting - what's the cure - pull the red handle or take it off and swim? what's the fault - the auto part or something else?

My better half can't swim - so was kind of relying on the Hammar jacket to work on the relatively rare occasions she comes out with me...
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interesting - what's the cure - pull the red handle or take it off and swim? what's the fault - the auto part or something else?
Simple, pull the red toggle (it was the automatic bit that failed)............. but that is something you might not remember in the blind panic of being tipped into a very cold and rough sea! Better to learn the lesson in a warm swimming pool, hopefuly you are then more likely to remember if it ever comes to the real thing.
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Old 14 July 2010, 14:39   #7
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I did the course with Stormforce back in April & would highly recommend the school.

I came away with a new respect for the sea & the conclusion that if I ever have to step up into a life raft I want to have a bottle of scotch & a revolver with me
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Tee hee

Been there: got the T-shirt!

Good advice: never leave the boat!

Best advice: expect all equipment to fail - oh, and hold your nose on that first jump off the board!

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Simple, pull the red toggle (it was the automatic bit that failed)............. but that is something you might not remember in the blind panic of being tipped into a very cold and rough sea!
Ah well that is a bit of a relief ... though point taken about remembering to pull it.

Were they conventional 'auto' lifejackets that failed, or Hammar type? Which sort is generally more reliable?
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