I agree wholeheartedly. I took the "Safety Equipment and Survival Procedures" at the North Pacific Fishing Vessel Owners Association last spring for work (research vessel in Arctic); and I highly recommend taking that class or another much like it.
Donning survival suits; righting overturned life rafts, etc. Lots of fun and valuable skills to be had.
When my wife and I sail off into the sunset in a few years I'll take it again, and have her attend as well.
I got an Old Fat Boat
She's Slow But Handsome
Hard In The Chine, but Soft In The Transom
I Love Her Well, And She Must Love Me
But I think It's Only For My Money
. ..... Gordon Bok