IN DEEP: Students huddle together in the ‘help’ position to keep warm at Toronto on Sunday morning. Picture: SuppliedLOCALS strolling on theToronto park foreshore on Sunday morning did a double takeas they spotted sailors splashingaround in life jackets and life rafts and activating flares inside Toronto baths.
It was all part of a sea safety and survival course hosted by Royal Motor Yacht Club, Toronto.
Participants learned how to be safe at sea and how to survive in the water in perilous conditions.
Tom Nelson, the captain of the club’s yacht cruising section, said the course involved six hours of theory on Saturday, and practical exercises in the water on Sunday.
‘’Everyone who gets into a boat could possibly find themselves in a life-threatening situation,” he said.
And a real life emergency at sea, or on the lake, was not the ideal time for a person in danger to have their first experience in handling a life jacket, or personal flotation device (PFD).
”While all boaters must carry safety gear, most never get the chance to use their PFDs, life rafts and flares,” Mr Nelson said.
”Being familiar with the equipment and having practical use of it gave these students a much higher competency and also confidence to be safe at sea.”
Mr Nelson is a master 3 and Yachting Australia-certified instructor.
He was assisted by instructors fromdiscoversailingschool南京夜网, a local boat sailing school.
RESCUE DRILL: Crew from the yacht Indigo practice activating a red hand-held flare which would be used at night. Picture: Supplied
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