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May 30th, 2007
May 30th, 2007

Meeting with the RNLI

The RNLI Reserve Fleet
The RNLI Reserve Fleet
Met with the RNLI today and after a fairly informative one hour tour from Barbara we spent several hours meeting with Ian to discuss training programs, which led into drinks, which led into dinner...

The sheer magnitude of the RNLIīs operation here in Poole is pretty amazing. Even more amazing when one considers that it has all been build through fund raising (granted thatīs over 100 years of fund raising) As you can see from the photos the complex including the Head office, workshops, training college, and reserve and training fleet is massive. We got the full tour of the college and that alone was fairly impressive.

Itīs a bit daunting perhaps to see how far advanced they are compared to our own CCGA-P especially considering that the area of coastline we try to cover is larger with less then 1/5th the number of stations. The population, obviously, being significantly different the other way around. Itīs the larger population base which affords them the fund raising base we lack and thus the means to conduct operations on such a grand scale. That combines with some really stellar branding and marketing policies. However - weīre hear for the training - so enough of the size differences.

The RNLI has had a competency based training program in place since 1999 - we are on the same path and have been since About 2004 but itīs taking a bit longer to implement. We were toured through their 10m x 20m x 4m deep wave pool for sea survival training where a class had just finished "abandoning ship" into the pool and was getting into life rafts with all the lights out - sound system blaring, wind machines running, and 1m waves as part of a 5 day Course that all crew must take before being part of a boat-crew.  

After the tour we met with Ian - their crew training manager and showed him the Navigational Equipment Training we are working on see http://www.smallvesselsimulation.com/ and the web component that steps people through the learning process. We discussed RADAR and collision avoidance and how to train crews with limited RADAR experiences the best ways to use this tool. This relates directly Back to the SEN/L Course Kellei and I just completed and it was interesting to find that they are basically in the same Boat as us in this respect - still working to find the best way to deal with this problem - having recognized the need and risks. One big difference is that in the RNLI it would take a very keen and dedicated volunteer About 5 years (at the minimum) to get to the point of becomming what we would term an īAdvanced Crewī - the CCGA-P tends to rush this - Kellei and I making it to Coxswain in just over 1 year - something with our new training system that should start to change hopefully.

From a training perspective - we came home with our heads flooded with information and stayed up until the wee hours getting all the key points down so that we can digest them in detail later. There are a lot of similarities between where the CCGA-P is trying to go, and where the RNLI already is - but our organizations are very different and some things - like the fact that they are the primary resource and we are not - will always Hold us Back to some extent. However as the CCGA-P continues to grow and mature, the insight gained from this kind of trip should certainly help us avoid some of their pitfalls.

Iīm not sure what weīre going to do today - I donīt think weīre going to make it too far out of Poole - itīs 0930h here and weīre still pretty tired - so it might just be another trip into the town center and some further exploration - weīre due to be up at 0400h tomorrow to start the bus portion of our trip to Sweden - weīll take this knowledge with us there, and see what the rest of the world is doing for training as well.

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Overview of the yard
Overview of the yard
Pool Training - Sea Survival
Pool Training - Sea Survival
Pool Training - Sea Survival
Pool Training - Sea Survival
A Pint at the RNLI Pub "Slipway"
A Pint at the RNLI Pub "Slipway"

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