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VI Victoria 2020 - Abandon Ship! Stay Alive in Your Life Raft
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All is lost! Your boat is sinking and the unthinkable is happening. You must abandon ship. Now what do you do? Join instructor Captain Jim Steele, CD, for classroom and pool-time to find out.

When: Saturday, January 18, 2020
1200h - 1600h
Where: Crystal Pool, Victoria
2275 Quadra St.
Victoria, British Columbia  V8T 4C4
Presenter: Jim Steele
Contact: Trina Holt

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Course Information:

In the classroom you’ll learn how to

·     use a life raft

·     pack your ditch-bag

·     increase your chance of survival & rescue

·     live in a life raft

·     use rescue equipment

·     use signalling equipment

·     be rescued by a helicopter

In the swimming pool, you will

·     deploy a life raft

·     deploy your personal flotation device (PFD)

·     swim in your clothing and foul-weather gear

·     board a life raft in wet foul-weather gear


For more information about this course, click to read the article in Currents

Prerequisites and Equipment:

Bring your foul weather gear, sea boots, and bathing suit. We highly recommend deploying your auto-inflate PFD to get the full experience of that, however, it does mean you will have to buy a replacement CO2 canister. If you would rather not do that, you can bring a PFD that can be manually inflated, or a PFD with inherent flotation. Again, it’s best to bring the gear you will actually use on your boat while offshore.

Format:The first half of the course will take place in the classroom located at the pool, with the last half in the pool. You will wear your foulies over your bathing suit in the pool.

About the Instructor: Captain Jim Steele completed 36 years in the navy, then he obtained his Transport Canada Master Mariner Certificate and began another career with BC Ferries, first in the fleet as a Relief Mate and Master in the Northern Gulf Islands. For the last seven years he was Manager of Marine Safety and Operational Training.

Since his retirement, Captain Steele has been delivering training in small communities along the BC Coast, the Interior, in the Arctic, and across the Prairies. Since 2013, he has been teaching these subjects for Camosun College as well as delivering a refresher course for members of the marine community who are writing exams to become a BC Coast Pilot.

He is a member of the Royal Victoria Yacht Club and he and his wife sail a Cal 34. 

Date: Saturday January 18, 2020

Time: 1200h-1600h

Where: Crystal Pool, 2275 Quadra St. Victoria BC


BCA Members: $100

Non-members: $130

Maximum Class Size: 20 participants

Contact: Trina Holt

Cancellation: A $15 processing fee will be charged in the event of participant cancellation.

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