Sea Survival Training - Teignmouth, England

Hi guys,

I'm very excited to be launching the team website and getting the blog started. I am currently in Teignmouth, England a small town on the southern coast doing sea survival training. The town is incredibly welcoming and surprisingly lively considering its size. A common joke among the locals is that Teignmouth is a drinking town with a fishing problem. In the week long course, I practiced a lot of different skills that will be essential in case of an emergency including first aid, operating a mayday call, deploying my life-raft, and abandoning ship. I'm just hoping I won't ever need to use them though. Because I'm rowing by myself some of the training was redundant (it's hard to do CPR on yourself once your heart as stopped). Something interesting I learned was that actually no matter how warm the temperature of the water is (unless it's close to your body temperature) you will still die from hypothermia eventually -- cheery I know. On a different topic my attempt at gaining weight hasn't yet to bear fruit. Instead of the 20 pounds of muscle I want, I might just have to settle for a beer belly on this visit to England. 

-Oliver

Teignmouth, England

Teignmouth, England

A 4 person life raft which wasn't even comfortable with two of us in it!

A 4 person life raft which wasn't even comfortable with two of us in it!