Female learners get a taste of maritime working world

Maritime students, from left, Erenique Solomon, Masibulele Rixana, Izandry Mabotja, Siyamthanda Faliso and Mihlali Mfana practise the correct position for sitting in a life raft. Source: Sinomtha Gede

Female high school learners and university students got a practical taste of the maritime working world and gained vital sea safety skills in a short course sponsored by Siyaloba Training Academy and the South African International Maritime Institute (SAIMI) last week.

The group of grade 11 and 12 learners from Hillside Senior Secondary School in Bethelsdorp and Woolhope Secondary School in Malabar, Port Elizabeth, and marine engineering students from Nelson Mandela University literally “dived in” when they donned life jackets and jumped into the water for a practical water safety drill, albeit in a swimming pool rather than the open ocean.

The course involved a classroom day at Siyaloba’s training facility in the Port of Port Elizabeth, where participants learned about safety at sea, emergency signals and procedures, and practised what actions to take in the case of shipboard fire, medical emergencies and accidents.

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