North Carolina College Students Learn Sea Survival Skills

As many people have come to learn, and even more people will eventually find out, knowing how to survive at sea is an invaluable life skill. Though most of us will never spend more than a few hours on sea (or any large body of water), it only takes a matter of moments for an otherwise calm day of aquatic recreation to turn into a nightmarish scenario that can easily take one’s life.

There are countless tales of at-sea survival, but even more countless stories of fatalities that happen out on the open ocean. Believe it or not, surviving at sea can be done, but without the proper training and related knowledge, doing so will be near-impossible. For a group of college students this week, many of the invaluable at-sea survival lessons that all too often go overlooked were explained, demonstrated, and drilled into their heads, just in case they will ever become useful…because quite frankly, no one can truly plan for being stranded at sea for days on end.

College Students Learn Valuable At-Sea Lessons

Yesterday, a group of Marine Technology students from Cape Fear Community College were dealt hands-on experience with regard to what it takes to survive a perilous situation at sea. Not only did they learn what actions to take should they be subjected to Mother Nature’s fury, but also learned how to man and put to use some of the most basic sea survival gear.

Between learning how to inflate a number of different life rafts and learning the basics of flare-lighting and usage, the students were dealt a good bit of knowledge that they can now take with them into their careers, which will likely be on or near the water. In fact, the Marine Technology program at Cape Fear CC requires that all students spend at least 32 days at sea over the life of the two-year program. According to one student, Stephen Diana, the session was extremely helpful because, “In the event of an emergency you know you are nervous and the adrenaline is going, I’ll actually know what to expect and how to do it properly.”

In my opinion, it is more than just students who work in the marine industry who need to learn these skills. Every year, every few months in fact, we hear of stories regarding people being lost or stranded at sea for extensive periods of time. All too often, these people are inevitably killed due to a lack of knowledge, inaction, or both. By having even the most rudimentary knowledge regarding sea survival you will be able to increase your chance of making it out of an otherwise perilous situation alive.

There is no proven way to survive at sea, because every situation is different, but there is plenty of knowledge you can take with you each and every time you leave the dock. Being able to survive a disaster scenario comes down to how well you prepare, and without preparation you are setting yourself up for a terrible time should anything go wrong.