Sunday, 1 July 2012
Sunday, 5 December 2010
I have settled well back into college life and things seem to be going good although I should probably be studying a little more, and not cracking away at a Blog.
I've recently discovered the wonder of Twitter (@ThomCampbell12) and to be honest I love it. I have always been a major Facebook fan, a vowed never to go to another social networking site, but Twitter isn't like Facebook, MySpace or indeed bebo. I feel like with twitter I can call it the way I see it. I can complain about my train journey, or about the boring day I am having and not have 200 friends comment on it. There is something. . . 'free' about it.
I feel the ship has changed me somewhat. Perhaps I have grown up and matured a little, perhaps not. It has spoiled me for sure. It has shown me a lifestyle that is beyond what I could ever have imagined. Every morning waking up into a new port and place, seeing some of the world’s most beautiful places like the Amazon River, or The Bosporus and The Dardanelles, as I say - spoiled.
One thing that is awesome about being back is having a Starbucks Coffee each morning. It really makes my day. The coffee on the ship was good but i love a cheeky Starbucks before classes each morning.
And now I will head back to the Nav. Maths revision . . . the joys.
Saturday, 16 January 2010
Thom, we have you scheduled on the Seven Seas Mariner boarding on 23rd of February for 5 months, that work for you?
Well . . . YES!!
After a brief visit from my Training Officer i decided i would email my company and see when they thought i would be going to sea. Luckily, the people i am working for are absolutly first class. I got a reply within minutes and they told me the very thing i wanted to hear - you are going to Rio.
So I finish Phase 1 on the 19th of February and join the ship on the 23rd! Can't ask for better than that. I will be joinin a vessel called the Seven Seas Mariner, one of the most prestigous vessels in the World. Shes a 700 passenger luxury cruise liner and my first ship.
I'm looking forward to Phase 2. Its a chance to get to practise everything i have been taught so far, to see the World and to meet new people - lots of new people.
This week however, an exam on ship stability interrupted my usually quiet day. Stress ensued, panic set in and suddenly i couldn't remember anything. In the college Ship Stability is a subject that carries with it an air of insecurity, no one looks at the subject and thinks that they are guaranteed a pass, even at such primitive levels. As it turns out everyone was stressed for no reason, as most people are confident that they have got the pass they needed.
As you probably know i'm not entering that last few months of Phase 1. Things are getting serious, subjects are finishing up and final exams loom.
The SBO exam is on Monday, and after a brief look over the notes it will be another one that lacks a challenge. Steve, the SBO lecturer is no doubt an intelligent man, who knows everything there is to know about Cargo and Ships, and is even known as the colleges 'Cargo man' but his teaching methods are boring, he shows no sign of interest and as a result neither does anyone else. Regardless of that, we still have to pass an exam.
Tuesday, 10 November 2009
Well, after what was an all to short week, my opinion on Wafi's has changed. It was quite simple one of the best weeks that i can remember. Not only did i gain some technical knowledge on ropes and wind, charts and met., i gained life skills, new friends and i learnt a lot about me.
The Race To Loch Ryan
Onboard all the crew took a turn at cooking Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Also every morning we had a 'happy hour' where one watch cleaned the decks and the other wach cleaned below the deck. It was an essential daily clean to maintain hygeine on board.
Monday, 26 October 2009
Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping 1995.
Personal Survival Techniques
The PST course is exactly what it says it is. An instructor comes in and teaches yo techniques that will save or prolonge your life when you are in a disaster at sea, focusing on what to do when you are in the water after the ship has sunk.
Initially it focuses on the types of equiptment used, GMDSS and such . . But then i goes on to the 'fun' part - the pool drill.
During the PST you will have to perform several 'manouvers' in the pool, these include things such as flipping an inverted life raft, creating the circle of confidence, performing a two man lift and the best part, jumping from a height . . well - stepping!
After you have completed everything you sit a very brief multiple choice exam and then you have your certificate.
Elementary First Aid was actually pretty boring, long and tedious. I'm not going to say much about it except that it is important. When you are doing it you do see the need for it and how you will probably end up using it at sea.
Sunday, 11 October 2009
Personal Survival Techniques (PST) will mainly be a two hour wet drill which will conist of:
- Demonstrating a Dry Board
- Demonstrating initial and secondary vital actions
- Enter from a height (About 2m i think)
- Demonstrate swimming method for 1 person
- Demonstrate huddle
- Demonstrate Circle of Confidence
- Demonstrate 2 person huddle
- Demonstrate Crocodile in pairs
- Demonstrate towing a casulty by hand and foot
- Enter Raft Wet
- Demonstrate 2 man and 4 man lifts
- Demonstrate righting the inverting life raft
The other course that we should be doing on the Tuesday will be Elementary First Aid which i know virtually nothing about!
Just a short blog today, i must go and copy all my notes from last weeks classes into a more legible format!