and finally the ditching drill
What did I learn from this experience? That I am by no means in shape to pass another drill like this one (and once you're employed you're supposed to repeat all this every 2 years). It was more than exhausting, I'm a weak ass!!!
This is what we had to do:
First the instructor told us: "swim from one side to the other one. If we consider that you're not a good swimmer, then we'll order you to get out from the water, get dressed and put on the life jacket." I had just started swimming and I was taken out from the water
Then we jumped in the water again and we had to carry "injured people" with another classmate. If this was breathtaking, coming back to the other side carrying somebody with no help at all was even worse. All time long the instructors shot a jet of water to us in order to make it more "real"... so swimming pool water is not tasty at all
Then we were taught to climb and get into the raft... I swear I just couldn't do it.. I dunno whether I was too tired of swimming or what, but I had no strengh in my arms to lift my body up and to jump inside. After too much of a self-embarrasment, I made it... but I ended up more out of breath than Axl Rose in 2006. Then we learnt how to help injured or unconscious people get IN the raft, how to arrange its roof (yes, it's got a magnificent roof which prevents it from flooding and it helps people to keep warm in the cold sea) and finally, when we were almost in coma, we learnt to make signals in case we had no raft (to form a circle and kick and kick into the water in order to be seen from an airplane). Almost 3 hours of hardwork in water... I'm in coma now. That's why I'll stop typing