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Smooth sailing for first maritime course

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Matt Davitt, Toni Gramola, Ed Gibson, Grace Chesky and Jack Carney at the Yalga-binbi Institute (Gidarjil). Maritime Course.

A local maritime course that gives people qualifications they would normally have to travel to Brisbane, Gold Coast or Cairns to receive has been launched with great success this week.

The Certificate I in Maritime Operations (General Purpose Hand NC) has been run this week through Yalga-binbi Institute (Gidarjil).

Tom Osborne, Environmental and Marine Training Centre Manager and Chief Executive Officer of the Yalga-binbi Institute said they were delighted with the enrolments.

“We had a total of 14 students, 9 for General Purpose Hand and 5 for Shipboard Safety,” Tom said.

“They have learnt some valuable skills and qualifications to work in the maritime industry, including survival at sea, using flares and fire extinguishers and how to abandon ship if they need to.

“They have also inspected some excellent local facilities, including the Reef Empress to familiarise themselves with the engine rooms and safety equipment and the Bundaberg Port Marina Hard Stand, to inspect vehicles and identify issues with hull materials.

“Friday afternoon was a highlight as they travelled up the Burnett River on the Main Event under the direction of Brett Lakey for three hours of practical activities.

“The invaluable experience included refuelling activities, identification of navigation markets, anchoring exercises and man overboard drills.”

One of the maritime course participants, Garry Henderson, owner/manager for BH Dredging Qld Pty Ltd, said it had been a fantastic experience from start to finish.

“Trainers Steve and Ed are true professionals, engaging and extremely knowledgeable on all levels,” Garry said.

“They work with you as you learn from the classroom all the way through to on the water vessel training. 

“I found the course to be paced well and set out so you have time to absorb all their knowledge. 

“The Yalga-bindi Institute is a great learning place and is well set up to handle all sizes of class from small to large. 

“For anyone wishing to start a career in the Maritime Industry this course is a must.”

The next rounds of Maritime training will run from the 10 to 21 August 2020 – Coxswain, and 24 to 28 August – General Purpose Hand and Shipboard Safety.

For further information on the maritime courses email Maritime.Trainer@gidarjil.com.au or call Tom Osborne on 0436 009 065.

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Grace Chesky, Matt Davitt, Jack Carney, Toni Gramola listening to Brett Lakey at the Yalga-binbi Institute (Gidarjil) Maritime Course