As some of you already know from Wednesday’s training nights – a couple of weeks ago Dale and I, attended our Air Observer course with AMSA: – The Australian Maritime Safety Authority in conjunction DFES (Will Blackshaw) Support.
The purpose of this Course is to establish a number of supporting hands for future Search and Rescue operations.
Tam with Life Preserver and Headphones
Why? Because Australia has a world renowned search and rescue service that spans the nation and covers 52.8 million square kilometres of the Indian, Pacific and Southern Oceans.
The search and rescue service is provided by the Rescue Coordination Centre – Australia, the national search and rescue organisation, which is part of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA).
What an exciting feeling! Knowing you can be called upon to assist with searches by the world’s largest organisation and locally owned.
During our course, while we were soaring for a few hours, the most important thing we realised “how much work and training was involved in becoming an Air Observer”.
We enjoyed the experience so much, soaring with the more experienced team members and Assessors.
The Sea Search Exercise was conducted at altitude of 1500 ft or so. It is usually done at lower heights around 1,000 Feet depending on the weather & terrain.
I am glad we done It.! Life time experience 🙂 in addition more members should experience this.
Big thanks to Swan SES Management team.