Join Date: Feb 2010
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Day one of the Safety at Sea program contains an inflating demo. We dropped a 6 place off the dock, inflated it and discussed what to do, if it inflated upside down. Day two, you board it from the water.
I highly recommend a real life demo for all. Any raft that is occupied to capacity will have everyone with their knees in their chest and literally touching shoulders. It's cramped, it's claustrophobic, it's hot and it's uncomfortable. Getting aboard is exhausting and I can hardly imagine how one would do so, if injured.
When you send yours in for reconditioning, your shop will probably let you attend when they inflate it. LRSE in RI actually encourages you to be there. In fact, they teach the segment in the course.
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