Monday, 31 December 2012

Small craft boating course

Three days were spent doing small boat training at Kettering on the Derwent river near Bruny Island. This course is mainly aimed at people with no boating experience to make them a competent crew. As I have a coxswain license, most of the first two days was spent sucking eggs but on the last day we learnt how to run out, position and anchor the four kilometer fuel line we will be using to refuel both Casey and Mawson stations in a couple of weeks’ time. This I found very interesting and good fun. Having a coxswain license, I will be required to run mooring lines for the Aurora Australis and to run out and maintain four hour watches on the refueling pipe line keeping it in position, watching for any leaks and keeping ice burgess and growlers away. Once the Aurora Australis sails away, we will be using our two boats to go on evening ice burg cruises or burging as its known. It’s quite common to see pods of killer whales cruising around Mawson also.

Oyster cove - Kettering

Give it shit man !

Breaking for lunch on a secluded beach

Can you believe I'm actually getting paid to do this ?

Beautiful cliffs and caves

Inside a cave

What a day !!

Practicing refueling techniques


  1. yer sure you getting all those for free !!! I cant believe they made you do it in first place and with life jacket .. what a big joke !!


  2. amazing pictures. looks like a really thrilling experience.
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  3. Thanks Julia,

    This whole trip has been amazing and I'm sure there is a lot more to come.