The PFA secured funding from the shipping container vessel YM Efficiency’s insurer Aus Ship for safety training. The PFA contracted OceanWatch Australia to adapt practical ‘in-water’ sea survival training used by the yachting industry for the impacted professional fishers.
Three practical ‘in-water’ training events occurred in September 2019 in Sydney and Newcastle with 19 professional offshore fishers participating. Participating fishers reported a marked increase in safety awareness, and a valuable increase in skills and practical understanding of what they need to do to abandon ship. The fishers, appreciated OceanWatch’s practical ‘in-water’ approach to training, over the traditional classroom/book or online approach.