From tragedy to training
School learners to benefit from motor boat handling skills
SOUTH AFRICA: A rescue craft donated to the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) by a family who lost their son, along with two other teenagers at sea, will now be used to provide high school students with valuable motor boat handling skills and an official qualification.
The 4.7m Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB) - donated by the NSRI to the Lawhill Maritime Educational Trust (LMET) – was recently named Sean Day in honour of the significant contribution that the South African born USA-based, Chairman Emeritus of the Teekay Corporation, has made to high-school based maritime education in South Africa.
Day’s godson, Sebastian Hamsher, unveiled the name and blessed the boat while the rest of the Day, family attended the naming ceremony via Zoom.
The NSRI-donated RIB is the second vessel to be named after this highly-respected, international maritime leader. In 2019, a large LNG carrier was named Sean Spirit in Korea.
The Sean Day, which will be based at False Bay Yacht Club in Simon’s Town, will be used to enhance the skills of maritime students who have already benefitted from a Personal Survival Training course provided by the NSRI, in association with the SATS General Botha Old Boys’ Bursary Fund.
The long-term aim of this practical skills development programme is to equip students with maritime skills at an early age and, in so doing, expose them to the opportunities of a formal sea-going career.
Acquiring small boat handling skills and a skipper’s ticket while at school, also potentially increases the students’ post-school employment prospects, particularly in the marine tourism and related sectors.
Mentors linked to the SATS General Botha Old Boys’ Association Bursary Fund are the driving force behind the programme, which is also supported by the NSRI, the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA), the SA Maritime Training Academy (SAMTRA), African Marine Solutions (AMSOL) and Grindrod, amongst others.