Swimmer of the watch

nobby0919

Lantern Swinger
#1
Just been round HMS Westminster at the Boat show.
Chinagraph board for SOW states they are to be ready for 15 MINUETS before duty.........
 
#4
When I was SOW. It was less time than that. If I remember correctly at the time it was 8 mins to be ready to jump in.

I don't know about nowadays though alot of things have since I left in 2003
 
#5
The SOW had to be kitted up and ready to go immediately. He was permitted to roll down his wetsuit top though, if it became too hot and uncomfortable.
 
#6
We only had SOW ready to go during RAS's and other evolutions like that. Otherwise the SOW had to go get ready when piped. During the middle watch and morning watch it was someone who was on watch in the ops room who took over from the SOW who was on during the day.
 
#12
wet_blobby said:
I did shark watch once whilst everyone was swimming, still don't know if it was a wind up. :?
Before the order to jump in "at hands to bathe" I remember the 1LTs brief, that, if you were attacked by a shark, you were to put your hands up and the CH.GI who was standing next to him on 03 deck, of a type 42 would shoot you. I am not quite sure, but I believe the CH.Gi was armed with an old enfield 303.
 
#14
Some of Nobby's post definitely fell on stony ground here. For a start, 15 minuets is around the same time as it takes to make three cups of tea (Cha-Cha-Cha) or drink several canned goffers (Tangos). Secondly, anyone unable to tell the difference between being ready 15 minutes before going on watch and being at 15 minutes' notice would receive short shrift from the Buffer.
 
#16
Naval_Gazer said:
Some of Nobby's post definitely fell on stony ground here. For a start, 15 minuets is around the same time as it takes to make three cups of tea (Cha-Cha-Cha) or drink several canned goffers (Tangos). Secondly, anyone unable to tell the difference between being ready 15 minutes before going on watch and being at 15 minutes' notice would receive short shrift from the Buffer.
Just had a quick re-read, point taken... one should not post after beer issue... :wink:
 
#17
Jack77 said:
Naval_Gazer said:
Some of Nobby's post definitely fell on stony ground here. For a start, 15 minuets is around the same time as it takes to make three cups of tea (Cha-Cha-Cha) or drink several canned goffers (Tangos). Secondly, anyone unable to tell the difference between being ready 15 minutes before going on watch and being at 15 minutes' notice would receive short shrift from the Buffer.
Just had a quick re-read, point taken... one should not post after beer issue... :wink:
Ditto lol
 
#18
tommo said:
When I was SOW. It was less time than that. If I remember correctly at the time it was 8 mins to be ready to jump in.

I don't know about nowadays though alot of things have since I left in 2003
Good way to wash all that coal-dust off though Welsh boi!!! :D :D
 
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