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I am 3/4 of the way through my application to join the RFA as a seaman apprentice and I would like know more about the 10 weeks training and what goes on eg routine, fitness (both tests or if I can go to the gym), classroom work, hands on work, parades and passing out
 

Geo76

Newbie
Rfa fitness tests? There aren't any, the gym is there for you to go if your that way inclined in your own time, as are other facilities, eg football pitches, badminton, swimming. Routine... turn to at 8am but make sure you avoid the morning pipes by getting there 5 minutes early. First week is introduction and site safety. Following 3 weeks is functional skills (maths,English,ict), if you pass a pre assessment you don't have to do them so you will do PowerPoint presentations instead. Then there is a lot of death by PowerPoint mixed in with some practical like splicing rope/wire, rigging bosun chair and stage, spend a week on the rig learning how to do a replenishment, a quick session how to steer the ship in a simulator, you'll strip down and rebuild a Derrick, learn parts of shackles, learn meanings of flags. Fridays are a quick lesson for people to go home at weekends if you choose, they usually check you have cleaned the dorm first but it's not an inspection like the Royal navy do, just make sure things are tidy. There is no parade, passing out. At the end an officer will give you a hand shake and certificate for passing phase 1.
Hope this helps.
 

Ryan Lowe

Midshipman
Rfa fitness tests? There aren't any, the gym is there for you to go if your that way inclined in your own time, as are other facilities, eg football pitches, badminton, swimming. Routine... turn to at 8am but make sure you avoid the morning pipes by getting there 5 minutes early. First week is introduction and site safety. Following 3 weeks is functional skills (maths,English,ict), if you pass a pre assessment you don't have to do them so you will do PowerPoint presentations instead. Then there is a lot of death by PowerPoint mixed in with some practical like splicing rope/wire, rigging bosun chair and stage, spend a week on the rig learning how to do a replenishment, a quick session how to steer the ship in a simulator, you'll strip down and rebuild a Derrick, learn parts of shackles, learn meanings of flags. Fridays are a quick lesson for people to go home at weekends if you choose, they usually check you have cleaned the dorm first but it's not an inspection like the Royal navy do, just make sure things are tidy. There is no parade, passing out. At the end an officer will give you a hand shake and certificate for passing phase 1.
Hope this helps.
so as I understand it
10 weeks at Raleigh
1 st phase sea training then leave
4 weeks at Raleigh
2nd phase sea training

then 17 weeks collingwood? if so what is required at collingwood
 

Jamarse

Badgeman
so as I understand it
10 weeks at Raleigh
1 st phase sea training then leave
4 weeks at Raleigh
2nd phase sea training

then 17 weeks collingwood? if so what is required at collingwood


Narcing an old thread eh?

Don't think Seaman apps go to Collingwood, certainly not what I am aware of and I'm starting the course next month.
 

bobbybrown

Lantern Swinger
You get a taskbook once you leave Raleigh, the taskbook includes stuff you have to do on ship and get signed off to say you have done it. This goes towards ship experience and part of the apprenticeship. Once you’ve done 2 sea trips and completed your taskbook you then send it off to the address given by your training officer and then if you’ve done well they will offer you a company service contract and your pay will shoot up.
@Ryan Lowe
 

Ryan Lowe

Midshipman

thanks for the info and sorry if its a repetitive question just the 2nd paragraph on this website was very confusing to read
 

bobbybrown

Lantern Swinger

thanks for the info and sorry if its a repetitive question just the 2nd paragraph on this website was very confusing to read
No problem, again you’ll be given an induction week at Raleigh and the Officer there will explain everything in detail.
Good luck and enjoy
 
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