The fourth youth trip of the year sponsored by Northport set off with 10 new trainees.
With sunshine and showers we left Opua and headed into the bay. All the trainees were pretty quiet and shy for the first hour but after being shown around the ship, unpacking their bags and having lunch of soup and freshly baked cheese scones they started chatting to each other and making friends.
There was then an opportunity for the trainees to climb the rig. Harnesses were put on and instructions given and nearly every trainee has been right to the top. They are a fearless bunch!
After lunch it was straight into the safety drills with the first drill being man overboard. Fred (the rugby ball) fell into the water and the trainees jumped into action calling “man overboard” throwing him a life ring and pointing to him so Captain Steve knew where he was. The wind had picked up and it was no easy task but the trainees called out directions and Fred was soon retrieved from the water.
We headed back to Paroa Bay, where we will stay for the night, and after some hot chocolate to warm up (those southerly winds are pretty chilly) it was onto the second drill of the day. Abandon Ship!
Everyone was given a task and the process was talked through before Captain Steve called “abandon ship”. Life jackets were donned, food and water gathered, May day calls made and safety equipment all taken to the life raft (our dinghy). Everyone got in and off they went! Well around the ship anyway! Success! Everyone was saved.
It was then time for a bit of fun and the rope swing was got out and most trainees had fun swinging into the water. The others had turn’s in Little Tuc the rowing boat. Tiki is an expert rower and was the perfect teacher. Nadine and Amber had great fun learning to row, although Nadine was a bit nervous to begin with she got the hang of it in the end.
After everyone had dried off and had a bit of banana loaf to keep them going it was onto some lessons.
The trainees this trip have the opportunity to get a coastguard qualification in using a marine radio. The Marine vhf radio operator qualification allowing them to use a vhf on board a boat. So good luck to everyone.
Dinner tonight is lamb chops and with all the sea air and the busy day everyone has just had there are a few hungry looking faces!
All calm here in Paroa bay and everyone looking forward to the next day.