Today was my first day of MOCC training. We did some classroom work in the morning, and then the afternoon we went over to the water inside the harbor. I had studied the book pretty good before I went. I was a little concerned about them knots, but I knew I had to get it done. Heading over to the harbor though, I didn’t know what to expect.
We had to jump in the water with our flotation devices held her hand but not on us. We were jumping off of the dock which is probably 8 feet above the water. Now, I am not big into jumping in the water like that, but I had to do it so I took off my float coat, grabbedq it with one hand, got to the edge and stuttered a little bit, and then jumped in the water. That was a bit of a shock. The even bigger shock was what a pain in the ass it was to get that float coat on in the water while I had to tread water. We have to practice some maneuvers on how to stay warm in the water.
The water was a little cool but it actually warmed up pretty fast. Quite a bit warmer than the 50° water in Washington where I am from. We had to do some rescue maneuvers from the boat, practicing pulling people in from the water. I ended up volunteering to jump in several times to become the “victim ” so we can practice a few different rescue techniques.
It was a fun day and it really helped break the ice amongst all of us and we got to know each other more.