By Kevin OʻConnell
Posted on September 22, 2015 by Scot Allen
Chad Yoshinaga, a Research Operations Supervisor with 21-years experience with N.O.A.A., and Kelli-Ann Bliss, a Lieutenant in N.O.A.A.'s Commissioned Officer Corps, visited Mr. O'Connell's 6th grade P.E. classes Tuesday, September 15. N.O.A.A. (National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration) is a federal agency responsible for researching, studying, and collecting data about the earth's oceans and the Earth's atmosphere. Since much of their research is done on the water, N.O.A.A. scientists need extensive training and experience working at sea. Chad and Kelli-Ann shared their training with our 6th graders by creating three different stations for the students to rotate through:
1. Life Raft safety. Abandon ship, survival jump, flotation devices, swim as a team, getting everyone in the life raft. What kind of rescue equipment is a life raft equipped with? How do they increase your
chances of survival?
2. Rescue skills. Swimming with liefeguard buoys, using the buoys to rescue others and swim them to safety.
3. Flotation survival. Group HELP/huddle positions, making a life preserver out of your clothes.
Chad and Kelli-Ann also left the students with some words of advice if they ever found themselves lost at sea: "Stay calm and try not to panic. Stay together, and never leave the group. Work as a team - teamwork increases your chances for survival, so combine your group's physical and mental resources to improve your odds of rescue."