This week has begun with two relaxed days, no courses. It is an ideal occasion to check the equipment which has faithfully helped us day by day in our training. Some equipment pieces, as the life rafts for example, are really punished so we are replacing some popped straps or even replacing the most used with a new one.
While our hands are working, thoughts are flying towards subjects that are related (or not ) to the training. I have sometimes a recurrent thought triggered by many conversations with the students. In our center we are training people (and implicitly ourselves) to survive and if is the case to save others. The question is, in case of a real dangerous situation at what extent should one act as a savior? The standard answer will always be: act only in the limit of your training, only after you thoroughly evaluated the situation and if it is safe for yourself to act. It sounds simple, but… A real emergency will always look a bit different than a simulation. And your emotional response will be much different. In such situation a good anchor into reality will consist in two questions: a) who is waiting me home? And b) how many “heroic” saviors are becoming very quickly victims?
The raft is repaired, hands did a good job in spite of my thoughts flying far away. What are your thoughts about that?
（Victor, Training Operations Department）