Boating induction day
Normally we walk everywhere on Macca, but on the relatively few lighter wind days, we can put our three zodiac inflatable rubber boats into the water. This is done mainly for logistical tasks such as field hut resupply, moving track maintenance building materials, and scientific support tasks. We currently have three qualified coxswains on station (diesel mechanic Pete, field training officer Ian, and ranger in charge Chris), and most of the rest of us completed a four day competent boat crew course at Kettering during pre-departure training. As a preliminary boating operation, our station group conducted our station boating induction day last week to familiarise us with boating operations at Macca. The focus was on launch and recovery procedures, on and off trailers in the water, which is necessitated by the fact that we don't have a proper boat ramp.