RV Preservation Launch and Annual Operators
Training and Review June 2, 2018
The RV Preservation Lift Off by the Spirit Lake Marina's Lift. Weighing in at 21,000 Lbs
Captains and Crew Annual Review and Training
Lt to Rt - Corey Daniel, Dean Soderbeck, Paul Imsland, Tim Pranke, Jimmy Christenson, Ken Knutson, and Phil Kerber Trainer, Taking Photo
The "New" Garmin EchoMap 74SV Plus Display for Depth, Chartplotter and Side Scan Sonar
Photo displaying the Thomas Wilson Shipwreck just outside of the Duluth Entrance
This training and review session is a required protocol and S.O.P. of the Great lakes Shipwreck Preservation Society for the RV Preservation Research Vessel.
All current and new Operators / Captains of the RV Preservation are required to go through the session annually. It takes place the day of the annual launch day immediately after the shake down cruise of the boat.
2018 Participants: Ken Knutson, Tim Pranke, Jimmy Christenson, Corey Daniel, Paul Imsland, Dean Soderbeck and, Phil Kerber - Trainer
Please Note: To see what was performed to prepare the boat this year, please refer to RV Preservation work weekends event page.
During the session we go through 2 hours of classroom on the boat by going through all 8 pages of our check lists and briefings. We then complete the rest of the training by performing real world scenarios.
1. Docking the boat and securing it three times successfully
2. Show you are able to instruct your crew how to tie off boat when docking
3. Emergency procedures in case of a diving accident
4. Knowing how to run and use all navigational equipment, chart plotter, sonar and radar
5. Knowing all engine functions and how to read the gauges
6. Scuba Compressor Operation and use
7. 120 volt electrical system operation
8. 12 volt electrical system and how it works with inverter
9. How to make absolutely sure the boat is secure at the dock before you leave
10. How to put the boat away before departure
11. Making sure ALL Liability Releases, Waiver and Medical Forms are filled out, signed and reviewed before boat can leave the dock
12. Finally - Captains / Operators responsibilities and required leadership.
All Captains / Operators, Crew and New upcoming Captains did very well and have passed the 2018 review / training session.
We are a proud group that likes to put our safety first! This is why we have a strict safety protocol when it comes to our Research vessel and the diving operations performed aboard the vessel.
We can operate the boat in confidence when we stay on track for our annual training and put safety protocols first. We have practiced this protocol (with many changes) since 2006 when the GLSPS first launched the RV Preservation. We are proud of our vessel and keep it reliable, function-able and comfortable for our members to enjoy on the many projects we schedule for the season.
If you have any questions about the RV Preservation Research Vessel, or are interested in helping work and run the boat, please feel free to contact any of us from the "Contact Us" tab on the front page of the website.
Lead Safety and Training Officer