Sea Survival spec.

#2
As far as I know Sea survival is taught by the Survival Equipment branch. (WAFU's). They teach all the RN's & RFA's NILE ratings. It may be called something else now. However being in the FAA they will do their training at HMS Sultan, Daedalus building.
Hope this helps.
 
#6
thanks for the replies,don't intend to wear one as I'm retired just wanted to pin it on the wall with others in my study![Small bedroom really].
If I aint entitled I won't bother but it's shame there is not a NILE badge as we did something quite important on a ship.Cheers
 
#7
Not aware of there being a NILE Branch during my 17 years, it is an ADQUAL and normally the LS(SEA)s or BoYeos would fulfil this role. The NILE rating on a FF/DD is definately not an NA(SE) but a member of the Buffer's party. Can't say what Carriers or the LPD/LPH do but would hazard a guess that the NA(SE) only look after the flight/aircrew SE gear and the sea survival gear is the CBMs.
 
#8
Not really,was sent on the course along with others in'61.Consisted of all aspects and maintainence of the survival inflatable life rafts.
Generally one to a ship and two to a carrier.
Inspected and maintained the rafts,taught others by jumping in the oggin with the raft upside down,turning into wind then standing the gas bottles to topple the raft upright[pretty hard to do].Checked all the contents,revelled in the fact if the ship went down we were the only people who could tell the skipper what to do!Supposedly!
Emphasised the 3 P's cut the painter,have a piss[bladder swells up in those rafts making it hard to pass water]take seasick pills.
Could go on about what fish to avoid but you get the drift.
It was a 10 day course for me and quite involved not a job for the boys.
I was picked[AB] because my draft was for a NILE trained seaman.
All ships had to have NILE men on board or they could not sail.
Did a full inspection of rafts once a month and inflated one once very three months.Repacking was a sod so we kept spares and sent them back to makers Frankestein of Liverpool!
 
#9
TheCISspecialist said:
Not aware of there being a NILE Branch during my 17 years, it is an ADQUAL and normally the LS(SEA)s or BoYeos would fulfil this role. The NILE rating on a FF/DD is definately not an NA(SE) but a member of the Buffer's party. Can't say what Carriers or the LPD/LPH do but would hazard a guess that the NA(SE) only look after the flight/aircrew SE gear and the sea survival gear is the CBMs.
The dabber side of SE training is done at the Seamanship School at Raleigh
 

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