Monday, September 21, 2009

Day 1 of offshore survival courses

Up early and out the door by 7, I spent most of the day in class, listening to lectures.  Safety, first-aid, life-boat, offshore legislation, etc.  We did some CPR, trained on the AED (automatic external defibrillator) launched an enclosed, motorized life boat, but it was mostly lecture-based and boring.  After class, I stuck around to check out the escape chute used on North Sea rigs.  Very cool, like something you might in a McDonald's play area, but its deadly serious business to escape a burning, exploding rig.  Tomorrow is FIRE and sea-survival and promises to be much more fun, if we can manage to stay out of the classroom.

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