On Sunday 17 June, two of our customers, Joshua Friday and Steven Chapman, departed for Sydney to complete the Coxswain Course, the second phase of the Tribal Warrior Maritime Training Program.  The Tribal Warrior Aboriginal Association will conduct the training on Sydney Harbour for the group between 18 June and 7 July 2018.

The Coxswains certificate builds on topics learnt in the General Purpose Hand (GPH/Deckhand) which they completed earlier in the year. It focuses on skills including basic navigation, engineering, legislation, Collision Regulations, vessel handling, basic stability, radio communication, refuelling and environmental considerations.

Whilst in Sydney the duo will spend the majority of their training on- board the original Tribal Warrior and other vessels. On weekends and some evenings they will also be required to undertake on-water work experience in various vessels on Sydney Harbour.

The purpose of this was to gain the additional 21 days sea time required to obtain their Coxswain tickets.
Campbell Page provided them with extra clothing in addition to the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) they needed to complete their training and to work in the industry.

We wish them the very best and the best of luck in finishing the course- Nathan Vinson- CDP Program Manager.

Thanks must also go to Valentine Nona and Suzanne Kenny who organised the training and invited our two members to attend.

The Palm Island Community Development Programme (CDP) is a remote employment and community development service. Palm Island CDP aims to help people find work, while allowing them to contribute to their communities and gain skills at the same time. To find out more visit our CDP page or Contact us.

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