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Sea Safety Training for Under 16’s - A Great Success

Thu 1st December 2011


The training took place at Carn Brea Leisure Centre, Pool, Redruth on the 2nd & 3rd August, attended by participants from across Cornwall; from Penzance, the Lizard to St Austell.  The training was provided free of charge, thanks to the support of the Cornish Fish Producers Organisation (CFPO) and Falfish, Cornwall’s largest fish processing company.

Aimed at young people currently involved in, or considering a future in the fish industry, the course included key elements of fishermen’s training in Safety Awareness; Fire Fighting and Prevention; First Aid; and Sea Survival.


Sarah Crosbie, Manager of Seafood Cornwall Training explained why the course had been developed, “Many young people from Cornish fishing and coastal communities spend time at sea without any safety training or knowledge of how to act in an emergency situation.”


Sam Lambourn, Chairman of the CFPO and Newlyn fisherman fishing supplying Falfish, who instigated the course, commented, “My son Tom is fishing from a 16ft punt out of Newlyn most days, especially over the holidays.  He’s fishing pots and handlining for mackerel.  I supported the course as there seemed to be an urgent need for Tom, and other youngsters like him, to have a basic idea about first aid, sea survival and basic fire fighting. It’s great that Seafood Cornwall Training and Falfish have put this course together”. 


The new course has been highly praised by participants and parents alike.


Mrs Kate Phillips, the wife of Cadgwith fishermen Danny Phillips enrolled her two sons Tommy (aged 15) and Jamma (aged 12) on the course, “This course was an answer to my prayers.  The two boys spend all summer fishing in a small boat off Cadgwith and I was absolutely delighted when I heard that this training was being offered, as were many of my friends in Cadgwith with children doing the same.  Now I won’t be as worried while they are at sea”.


Mark Greet from Falfish, who also sponsored the course, added, “It was great to see the safety training going on at Carn Brea Centre, everyone seemed to be thoroughly enjoying the course, especially climbing in and out of the liferafts. Seafood Cornwall Training and their instructors are doing an excellent job providing vital training for under 16’s, the future fishermen of Cornwall.”

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