Friday, May 22nd, 2009 at 17:21 | by Alistair Baillie

This week started off nice and early at 0830 on monday morning with my Efficient Deck Hand (EDH) refresher and assessment course. This is a 2 day course with the assessment lasting around 1 hour on the third day.

Monday started off fairly easy with a quick introduction to the various types of ropes and then into splicing. The afternoon consisted of some whipping, knot tying and then the use of the stage and bosuns chair.

Tuesday saw us carrying out a wire splice in the morning, followed by some more splicing in the afternoon – this time with 8 stranded polyprop.

The assessment was done in pairs, with myself and David at 1045 – it lasted around 40 minutes and we both passed – in fact, all of us passed. For anyone who may be interested the knots you are required to be able to tie are;

  • Reef knot
  • Timber Hitch
  • Clove Hitch
  • Bowline
  • Bowline on the bight
  • Sheetbend
  • Double Sheetbend
  • Rolling Hitch
  • Round turn and two half hitches
  • Fishermans Bend

I then had the rest of the week off and also have next week off as well – which leaves plenty of time for me to revise for my Orals exam which is now booked!!

My next course is Medical First Aid which I start a week on tuesday.

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