Pupils learn team work for survival

Some of the pupils demonstrate how to work as a group to increase their chances of survival.'Contributed photo
Some of the pupils demonstrate how to work as a group to increase their chances of survival.'Contributed photo

A GROUP of Montrose Academy pupils pooled their resources recently to learn the basics of survival in water.

As part of their course, the maritime skills pupils were taught techniques needed to maximise their chances of survival in the event they ever have to abandon ship.

They have already learned about the dangers of cold water shock, the physiological effects they can expect from being immersed in the water and how best to overcome the side-effects.

On their return to Montrose Swimming Pool recently they were asked to swim and tread water both with and without a buoyancy aid, illustrating just how much of an advantage can be gained from wearing one.

They were also shown how to enter and exit the water correctly to prevent injuring themselves and others. Once in the water they had to form into a group which, in an emergency situation, would increase their chances of being spotted and rescued. Moving away from a ‘danger’ as a group proved the most challenging aspect, with many of the boys getting a free fitness test in the process.

The Skills for Work course provides the boys with an insight into seamanship, the maritime environment and employability skills and careers in the maritime industry as well as health and safety.