June 2014: Maori Awareness / Sea Survival Training
A training weekend was held on the 14/15 June for HMNZS Ngapona Ships Company and members from the Southern Units of the RNZNVR.
On Saturday morning 25 Officers and Ratings attended the Navy Marae to complete the recently introduced Maori Awareness Course. At the Powhiri CPOMTO John Van der Zander spoke on behalf of our group acknowledging our appreciation and thanks for the welcome from our Navy Whanau.
Image Right: NR members being welcomed onto the Navy Marae.
On the Sunday the teams participated and completed the 'Sea Survival Course' held at the Sea Safety Squadron instructed by Ex CPOMM Daryl (Jack) Tarr and a former Naval Reservist LSEA Ed Sampson. The initial instruction was held in the Fleet Pool within HMNZS PHILOMEL. Once drills were satisfactory assessed by instruction staff the trainees then moved on to complete the open sea assessments. This assessment proved to be quite a challenging experience for some with the water temperature down to a pleasant 13 degrees and the use of the good old pussers wetsuit (blue overalls) it added a bit of realism to the sea assessment phase.
It was an enjoyable training weekend, all participants achieved the required standard and passed the Sea Survival Course. True Warriors of the Sea even though it was a cold one, BZ to all those who took time out away from their families to complete the training weekend.
Image Above: Lt John Gresson takes the plunge adopting the correct procedure for abandon ship.
Image Above: POSEA Angus Keer-Keer rights a liferaft in the warm waters of the Fleet Pool