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Wk 14 - Life Saving, Introduction to Court and Drugs Legislation

We began week 14 with a two-day course learning how to save lives at sea. Our instructor was the very knowledgeable Brian Aplin, who on Monday morning educated us on the different tides and tidal currents. We then jumped into the Elizabeth College swimming pool to start practically learning how to rescue each other in the water. After lunch we all travelled down to the Bathing Pools where we put what we had learnt into practise. Whilst we were there we experienced the force of the waves generated by Condor on it's way in to the harbour, which was an eye opener for some of us! The following day was much the same, starting in the pool at Elizabeth College but this time Brian stepped it up a gear and taught us how to rescue people unconscious and with potential spinal injuries. The afternoon again saw us venture out, this time to both Cobo Bay and Vazon Bay respectively. At Vazon we learnt how to use rescue boards, which were surprisingly fast moving in the water.

 

Wednesday, Thursday and Friday saw us back in the classroom. We started with the penultimate inspection before our pass out parade and I'm happy to report there were no issues and we all received positive feedback. We then learnt the law and legislation around indecency offences, followed by learning about court proceedings and how to give evidence in court. This was backed up by a trip to the court to see where we could potentially be stood giving evidence in the coming years. We also had some input whilst we were there from Witness Support.

 

Friday began with the week 14 knowledge check, which included questions on everything we've learnt so far. We finished the week learning the local drugs law and legislation and had useful and informative input from guest speakers from Action For Children, Drug Concern and the Community Drug and Alcohol Team.

 

This week seemed to fly by, which was probably down to starting the week in the sunshine swimming in the sea. We now only have 4 weeks left and we're all excited at the prospect of starting tutorship on our respective shifts.