Ongoing training for fast rescue boat launch and recovery teams andboat crews
1 Every person involved in the operation of launching and recovery equipment and appliancesoffastrescueboatsorisamemberofafastrescueboatteamshouldparticipatein regular onboard training which would include, but not be limited to, drills when weather conditions permit such exercises to be carried out safely.
2 The factors listed below are to be taken into account when conducting drills:
.1 Thefrequencyandregularityoftrainingisimportantandasfarasisreasonable andpracticable,fastrescueboatsystemsandcrewsshouldbeexercisedweekly. The interval between a complete launch and recovery drill should not exceed
.2 To achieve maximum effectiveness it is important that both the launch and recoveryteam,andtheboatcrewareawareofthelimitationsoftheequipmentas fittedandareconfidentinitsuse. Thiscanonlybeachievedbyongoingtraining in varying conditions.
.3 Soasnottoexposethefastrescueboatcrewtounduerisk,theMasters/operators ofships,inconjunctionwiththetrainers,shouldtakethefollowingintoaccount while undertaking training in the launch and recovery of such craft:
.3.1 Masterandpersoninchargeofthefastrescueboatshouldconsultpriorto any launch and give due consideration to:
.1 reliability, type and complexity ofthe fitted equipment;
.2 the proven level of expertise of the fast rescue boat crew as demonstrated during exercises; and
.3 prevailing weather conditions.
3 Records should be kept on the ship with respect to fast rescue boat training on board includingthedatesandtimeofdrills,operationalstatusoftheship,seaandweatherconditions, also together with names and duties ofthose participating in the drill.