Another member from the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) completed the Boatswain’s Mate “A” Course at US Coast Guard Training Center in Yorktown, Virginia last 22 February.
Seaman Second Class John Daryl Paglinawan finished the 14-week course designed to equipped Coast Guard personnel with knowledge in deck operations such as open-water navigation, international rules and regulation, vessel responsibility, search and rescue planning, and familiarization on navigation and communication devices onboard.
A total of 36 students mostly assigned in coast guard cutters/vessel or small boats participated in the said training where 33 are from the USCG, two from Indonesia BAKAMLA (Badan Keamanan Laut/Indonesian Maritime Security Agency), and one from the PCG.
The training also includes boat trailering, boat towing, basic lifesaving, helicopter operations, knot tying and splicing, operate and pass a portable pump, open-water survival skills, rescue and survival raft procedure. Simulation room equipped with latest technology are provided for every student before they go underway.
Students were also required to do physical training every morning such as swimming, running off-base and sports and physical training test. Moreover, students also completed the team coordination training and first-aid /CPR certification as part of the course. PCG