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May 9, 2021

Observers Program: 16 Under LifEsa’ing Training

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The work of an observer on board a commercial fishing vessel is important, because the observer acts as the eyes of the National Fisheries Authority.

Currently, the only observer training is at the Fisheries College in Kavieng, the business arm of NFA.


Just as their titles say the observers monitor and observe how vessels operate within our waters.


This is no ordinary drill but a lifEsa’ing sea training that is a prerequisite to the main observer training program conducted at the fisheries college.


These 16 are the third batch of observers. The sea training is aimed at equipping the observers, with basic lifEsa’ing skills.


The observers are trained under the watchful eyes of Captain Julius Onkau, who has been conducting the potential sea board training, for the past 13 years.


The training focuses on the correct use of life jackets, and the red immersion suits, which helps to keep the body warm in cold waters.


They are also trained on heat expel as it in posture, hurdle, train technique, and the correct use of the life raft.


One participant WHO’spoke highly of the training is Ian Gembiong, from inland Kabumg District of Morobe Province.


You don’t have to be a swimmer to enrol for the observer training program, however one must be able to master the skills within five weeks of the full training program, that may save your life and others in times of distress.


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