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HOTEL & TOURISM: Full Scholarships for Filipinos in Thailand, 2017

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I-TIM is proud to offer up to fifteen scholarships to qualified students to study new program and to encourage student opportunities in Thailand.

This new program is designed for students who are interested in gaining specialized skills and work experience for hotel or restaurant operations. The program combines classroom and practical learning at I-TIM’s campus in central Bangkok with an internship in one of our partner establishments located all across Thailand.

The International Hotel and Tourism Industry Management School or I-TIM as it is now known, was originally initiated and formally established in 1987 and was authorized by the Private Education Commission, Ministry of Education to teach programs in hotel and tourism management in 1988.

Course Level: This is a 9-month scholarship programme.

Study Subject: Scholarships for awarded for Hotel and Tourism Industry Management.

Scholarship Award: Students who receive a scholarship will qualify for

  • 100% full discount of tuition fee
  • 50% discount of other expenses

Scholarship can be taken in Thailand

Eligibility: Applicants must meet the following area for the scholarship:

  • Aged between 20 – 28 years old
  • Good personality, and strong interpersonal and grooming skills

Minimum height is 160 cm (female) and 170 cm.(male)

Weight must be in proportion to height

  • Pleasant appearance

Nationality: Filipinos and ASEAN students can apply for these scholarships.

College Admission Requirement

Entrance Requirement: High School Diploma with minimum GPA of 2.50/4 or Bachelor Degree or higher

Test Requirement: No

English Language Requirement: Applicants must be Fluent in English.

How to Apply: Applications should be sent via email.

Application Deadline: The application deadline is June 16, 2017

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Source: http://scholarship-positions.com/full-scholarships-filipinos-asean-students-thailand/2017/05/12/

 

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Speak English only, please!?

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Kidding aside, yes, it’s important that you know how to communicate in English clearly and effectively. So, English only please, seafarer.

A seafarer’s poor English communication skill is dangerous. That’s what researchers Nora Berg, Jenni Storgård and Jouni Lappalainen of The Centre for Maritime Studies in University of Turku had proven when they conducted a particular case study. Their paper entitled ‘The Impact of ship crews on the Maritime Safety’ was published online and I read something valuable about Maritime English from it.

Here’s what I’m talking about.

 

“Because of the international character of shipping, maritime English has proved to be a very important part of future officer training. If an officer is not used to speaking English, in the beginning it may be difficult to express oneself,” the authors wrote, highlighting the value of maritime English, particularly to those who aspire to be ship officers.

“A paper written by Popescu et al (2010) suggests that the improvement of the standard maritime English would help young apprentices to communicate and so to avoid accidents that happen due to human errors caused by bad communication.

“Despite the positive impacts of multinational crews, communication was seen as the major problem. When skills in English are not good enough, it increases the risk of misunderstandings.

“This is a risk considering the ship is a highly hierarchical system. Sampson & Zhao present an example of a captain who had poor knowledge of English.This caused problems with the lower ranks in terms of a loosened authority,” the source said.

Meanwhile, a more advanced level of maritime English had been recommended to be taught especially in schools of less developed countries and shore personnel interacting with seafarers should know at least the basics, too!

“Recommendations for standard maritime English have been adopted by the IMO.

“It is a simplified version of English including standard vocabulary for maritime communication.

“(Sampson & Zhao 2003). Despite good efforts of adopting Maritime English into the field, it was not detected in the study on board ships.

“Also the drive for cheaper crews from less developed countries can, according to Sampson & Zhao, be seen as a risk, since the assumption is that their English skills may be poorer.

“The additional training in English is well acknowledged by maritime training facilities (Horck 2010). In any case the English skills of seafarers are often very basic, and the situation in ports is similar, too (Horck 2010).

“This said, it is evident that the level of English taught in maritime education has to be more advanced and also implemented for on shore operators such as port operators.”

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How to get quickly hired as a security personnel in cruise ships

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Do you dream to work on-board a cruise ship as a security personnel?

If yes, read on!

Royal Caribbean, a major US cruise company, may recruit someone like you to be part of their security department.

If hired, you’ll be responsible for maintaining excellent level of security – whether the ship is sailing at sea or docked in port.

“Our onboard security department provides our guests and crew a safe and secure environment, in which they can enjoy their work or their cruise vacation. Our security service’s mission is to prevent security incidents and deliver a highly trained staff which will provide an immediate response to all security related issues. This team is also responsible for the access control to the ship, the screening operation at the gangways, video security monitoring, investigations, security patrols, and more,”Royal Caribbean

Interested applicants, as per Royal Caribbean’s further statement written on its website, are then cordially invited to explore the opportunities given.

You may qualify to work given that –

“Potential candidates must meet the minimum requirements, including compliance with law enforcement credentials and other regulations such as ISPS Code.” Royal Caribbean stated on its website.

If you have gained outstanding experience as security personnel and has pleasing personality (optional), bootstrap your application by getting these seafarer related training: BT, SDSD & CROWD AND CRISIS MANAGEMENT

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You may heed straight to the agency without getting the aforementioned training but let me remind you that the competition is stiff and that a hiring agency most usually prefers applicants who have been trained already (unless otherwise they badly needed you to join the ship ASAP.)

For more guide & tips on how to secure a cruise ship job, Read my other blog post – Dreaming to work in cruise ships? Here’s your ultimate guide to get quickly hired!

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References

http://stc.tdplz.com/en/Cursussen/SDSD.html

http://www.royalcareersatsea.com/pages/security

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BT, SDSD & CROWD: 3 trainings required to jump-start your cruise career

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A high school graduate can work in a cruise ship – thanks God, it’s the usual minimum academic requirement set by hiring legit agencies in Manila.

But not completing the Basic Safety (BT), SSAT-SDSD and Crowd Crisis and Management training would for sure junk a cruise aspirant’s ultimate dream for they are required not by the agency and/or MARINA but by an international regulation which is no other than the Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping Code for Seafarers 1978, as amended.

Let’s talk what you can learn from and how much time you need to allot on these 3 training:

1.Basic Safety Training (BT)

-All seafarers start their career taking BT. Aside from it’s a competence booster, the BT is prerequisite for you to get your first seaman’s book (SIRB), too.

Related Reading: Learning safety and survival at sea

-This 8-days training tackles 4 modules namely, Elementary First Aid (EFA), Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting (FPFF), Personal Survival Techniques (PST) and Personal Safety and Social Responsibility (PSSR).

  • EFA – An International Marine Organization (IMO) Model Course 1.13 and accords with Section A-VI/1 of the STCW Code. Upon completion of the 2-day course, you will be competent to render proper first aid on board.
  • FPFF – An International Marine Organization (IMO) Model Course 1.20 and accords with Section A-VI/1 of the STCW Code. Upon completion of the 2-day course, you will be competent to observe fire precautionary measures and use various applicable fire-extinguishing mediums & equipment on board.
  • PST – An International Marine Organization (IMO) Model Course 1.19 and accords with Section A-VI/1 of the STCW Code. Upon completion of the 2-day course, you will be competent to apply personal survival techniques at sea in any event of grave emergencies at sea such as abandonship.
  • PSSR – An International Marine Organization (IMO) Model Course 1.21 and accords with Section A-VI/1 of the STCW Code. Upon completion of the 2-day course, you will learn how to comply with emergency procedures, prevent pollution of the marine environment, observe safe working practices, and contribute to effective human relationship on board.

2.Ship Security Awareness Training and Seafarers with Designated Security Duties (SSAT-SDSD)

-In accordance to STCW Code Section A-VI/6, Paragraphs 4,6,7&8 and Table A-VI/6-1 & A-VI/6-2, SSAT-SDSD is a 1-day course that will give you insights about the current security threats and patterns, recognition and detection of weapons, dangerous substances and devices, inspection, control and monitoring techniques, methods of physical searches of persons, personal effects, baggage, cargo and ship stores, testing, calibration and at-sea maintenance of security equipment and systems, etc.

Related Reading: Piracy in Sulu Sea

3.Crowd Management, Passenger Safety and Safety Training for personnel providing direct services and passenger spaces.

-An IMO Model Course 1.28 and in accordance with Regulation V/2, pa. 7 and 8, of the STCW Convention, and specified in Section A-V/2 pa. 4 and 5 (Ro-Ro Passenger ships) and V/3, pa. 7 and 8, of the STCW Convention, and specified in Section A-V/3 pa. 4 and 5 (Passenger ships other than Ro-Ro)

-A 2-days course that will provide you knowledge on how to organize shipboard emergency procedures, optimize resources, control response to emergencies, control passengers and other personnel during emergency situations, establish and maintain effective communications, etc.

Completion of the aforementioned training strengthens your application, should you wish to secure a cruise ship job in the future.

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Maritime Instructor: A fun and beneficial career

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“Teach to make a difference.” that’s what I said on my other blog post entitled Time to be a Modern Filipino Seafarer. On the same article, I provided more reasons why a seafarer should aspire to enter the world of maritime education today. If you haven’t read it yet, I highly encourage you to discover what it means to be a maritime trainer today.

Since I’m still actively sailing, I only teach during my vacation. To other seafarers, vacation perhaps is a precious leisure time and one of their best times of the year to spend their hard-earned money. For me however, it’s a good time to learn, earn and of course unwind too. With His support and guidance, I can say that my life is a bit different now compared to what I had before. Yesteryear, I was actually doing nothing ‘influential’ and cash ‘flows’ quickly out of my hands.

If you have more or less the same concern, change your course now. Set a goal and fulfill it!

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An Instructor like me, according to Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW ) Code, Section A-1/6 (4), is any person conducting training of a seafarer as an instructor, either on board or ashore in an MTI, on an Approved Training Program which is intended to be used in qualifying the seafarer for certification under STCW.

Furthermore, Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) STCW Circular No. 2014-04 states that to be a qualified maritime instructor in Philippines, you shall:

1.have an appreciation of the training program and an understanding of the specific training objectives for the particular type of training being conducted;

2.be qualified in the task for which training is being conducted by any of the following means, by showing proof of:

.1 prior approved seagoing service relating to the task; or

.2 prior approved training and issuance of COC or COP pertaining to the task, and refresher/updating training, as appropriate; or

.3 prior approved experience as instructor for a period of at least six (6) months in the last five (5) years, specifically relevant to the task or a substantially similar training program;

3.if conducting training using a simulator, shall have proof of the following:

.1 completed International Maritime Organization (IMO) Model Course 6.10 course

.2 have gained practical operational experience on the particular type of simulator being used by accomplishing Simulator Practical Operational Experience Log (SPOEL, Annex 2 for an aggregate period of at least 20 hours conducted on 10 separate days under the supervision of an experienced instructor/operator of that particular type of simulator;

.3 if conducting training using different types of simulators must accomplish separate SPEOL for each type of simulator being used.

4.have proof of successful completion of approved IMO Model Course 6.09 (Training Course for Instructors). However, in the absence of this equipment, an applicant may be given a Short-Term Permit – Type 1 (STP1), valid for fifteen (15) calendar days from the day the STP1 is granted. The STP may be renewed, subject to applicable fees.

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FREE Simulator Trainer and Assessor Course (IMO MC 6.10) for Filipino Seafarers

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In reference to STCW Advisory No. 2017-04, the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) in full coordination with Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and Maritime Academy of Asia and the Pacific (MAAP) joined force to train more experts in simulator related maritime training and development.

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Read: The Modern Filipino Seafarer

A Filipino seafarer who has completed IMO Model Courses 6.09 (Instructor’s Course) is qualified to avail the said training for FREE.

Yes, you read it right..the training fee is absolutely free! 🙂

The participant just pay, however, a minimal fee of Php 1,800.00 for secured lodging and meals served inside the premises of MAAP during the conduct of the said training.

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For the record, IMO MC 6.10 costs more or less Php15,000.00 if shouldered by the participant alone!

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Grab the chance now to attend a class scheduled on the following dates:

March 14-17, 2017

April 4-7, 2017

May 9-12, 2017

June 6-9, 2017

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For more information/class schedules after June, you may want to personally visit Mr. Herbert H. Nalupa of MARINA’s Public Information Division Office, located at 5th floor, Parkview Plaza, 948 Taft Avenue corner T.M. Kalaw, 1000 Ermita Manila, Philippines.

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How to start your maritime teaching career in the Philippines

 

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I believe in your remarkable personality and dreams. With the right motivation, training and knowledge, you can be a great maritime teacher/assessor. But to make a difference, you should first change your perspective and be willing to go out of your comfort zone.

Related Reading: Time to be a Modern Seafarer

This blog post aims to show you how to jump-start your teaching career through the National Maritime Polytechnic of the Philippines – Manila.

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The NMP Manila Office offers IMO Model Courses, 6.09 and 3.12 for those who want to be a maritime instructor and assessor, respectively.

Enrollment could be done personally or by an authorized representative. Walk-in to NMP Manila Registrar’s Office with office address at NMP, 2nd Floor Employees Compensation Commission Building, Senator Gil Puyat Avenue, Makati City.

For those seafarers who are still on board but wish to enroll, you may e-mail or call by phone to process your enrollment.

Enrollment is on a first come first served basis since the required number of participant per batch which is 24 students shall be maintained.

I encourage you to enroll ahead of the schedule since a batch usually becomes fully booked two months before its scheduled date.

Enrollment Procedure

1.Personally or by Authorized Representative at the NMP Office

1.Fill out the Registration Form

2.Submit the following requirements:

-3 pcs. 1×1 ID
-1 pc. 2×2 picture with name and in white background (in uniform if a seafarer)
-Photocopy of board license (if applicable)
-Photocopy of  MC 6.09 from accredited training centers if enrolling in  MC 3.12

3.Pay the corresponding fees to the Cashier in cash or Manager’s Check (if Company sponsored)

2.Through Email or Phone Call

1.Inquire of the available schedule that is suitable for you.

2.Pay the corresponding fees at any branch of the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) by filling out three (3) copies of deposit slip (1 for NMP, 1 for enrollee & 1 for the bank)

Account Name: NATIONAL MARITIME POLYTECHNIC

Account Number: 0775-017488-030

3.After payment, photocopy your deposit slip and write in the photocopy the enrollees name, contact number/mobile number, training schedule and amount deposited. Then, fax it immediately to (02) 897-27-67 or email at nmpmnl@yahoo.com in order for us to have your name listed at the Reservation for Registration Control Sheet.

4.After sending it through fax transmission, send the original copy of the deposit slip through courier (LBC, 2go, Air 21 etc.) to the NMP (see address above) with the enrollees name, contact number/mobile number, and training schedule.

5.When already in NMP, fill-out the Registration Form and submit the following:

-3 pcs. 1×1 ID
-1 pc. 2×2 picture with name and white background (in uniform if a seafarer)
-Photocopy of board license (if applicable)
-Photocopy of MC 6.09 from accredited training centers if enrolling in MC 3.12

Training Fees

MC 6.09 – Eight Thousand Pesos (PhP8,000.00)

MC 3.12- Eleven Thousand Four Hundred Pesos (PhP11,400.00)

-Training Fees are non-refundable but valid for a duration of one (1) year from the date of the original schedule enrolled in case the participant may not be able to attend as scheduled

-A fee of Fifty Pesos (PhP50.00) will be charged for rescheduling to the desired available schedule.

Other Requirements

1.Trainees/enrollees are required to email us at nmpmnl@yahoo.com to confirm their attendance one (1) week prior the scheduled date of training. This is to prevent recurrence of officially enrolled trainees not showing up to attend the training because they  have prioritized other personal concerns.   Failure to confirm attendance within the specified period   automatically forfeits your slot.

2.Classes for MC 6.09 start from 7:30am and end at 5:00pm. For MC 3.12, classes start at 8:00 a.m. till 5 p.m. However, during the first day of classes please be in NMP Manila Office before 8am for registration/submission of requirements.  Participants are advised to come on time to avoid being Incomplete which means you need to take the topic or sub-topic you have missed in the next available schedule.

3.Daily attire: Polo or shirt with collar (no rubber shoes, faded jeans and shirts with prints of other training centers). Participant is required to have two (2) sets of formal attire to be used during the microteaching in MC 6.09 or Assessment in MC 3.12 and during graduation day.

4.In order to aid you with your training the following are important.

a.Laptop

b.Know-how in powerpoint presentation

c.Reference materials for micro teaching and test construction exercises. (optional)

Reminders

a.For company sponsored training, the sponsoring agency is required also to email us at nmpmnl@yahoo.com of their intention on the training  certificate of their participant(s) if this will be  picked up by their authorized representative.  None submission of the intention will automatically mean that the certificate will be issued to the trainee upon completion of the  course on the last day of training duration.

b.Trainees are discouraged to bring their own car vehicles as the ECC Building Administrator cannot provide free parking spaces for all the trainees of NMP (46 participants for 10-day duration of training for both MC 6.09/3.12 simultaneous class) and numerous tenant clients (ECC, DOLE ECOP) frequenting the building.

Ready to enroll? Below is NMP’s schedule of classes for both MC 6.09 (green) and MC 3.12 (red) for 2017.

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For more queries, kindly contact NMP Manila on these numbers –

Tel. No. 897-2767 /CP No. 09273046588

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Source: The Registrar, NMP Manila

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THE IDEAL MANAGER: 4 great tips to boost subordinates’ performance

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Employees are considered one of the primary assets of a company. However, they became a problem once they suffer from low morale.

Why & How they affect the whole organization?

Let me re-post Kyra Sheehan’s reasons written on eHow.

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Productivity

  • An article in Supervision magazine makes an argument that low morale and employee productivity have a clear connection. When employees don’t feel valued by their supervisors, don’t like where they work, wish they worked somewhere else and generally don’t care about their projects and assignments anymore, their productivity may plummet. Low morale causes employees to lose interest in going the extra mile.

Organizational Culture

  • According to an article in Roberts Wesleyan College’s online journal The Leading Edge, morale makes up the spirit of a person or group. Signs of positive morale include cheerfulness, smiles and laughter. The opposite, however, is true for low morale. In the workplace, low morale makes an office seem gloomy and has a negative impact on the organizational culture. When a group of employees has low morale, their behaviors, perspectives and attitudes can influence and alter the organizational culture.

Absenteeism

  • The Leading Edge article also says low employee morale can have a high price tag. When employees feel dissatisfied at work or discontent with their bosses, the level of absenteeism increases. According to an article in Business Horizons, employees who have low morale exhibit a higher frequency of being absent from the workplace because they do not feel as committed to or as invested in their jobs. Dissatisfied workers crave an escape from their offices, even if those escapes are only temporary. In turn, businesses pay a high price for low morale. With more absenteeism comes less productivity. Less productivity means wasted time.

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An awesome manager is an ideal leader. He does not ignore subordinates suffering from low morale problems. He surely knows that if not addressed accordingly, all parties involved would be greatly affected for low morale is contagious and clearly hampers fulfilment of organizational goals.

If you want your warriors to perform best on the battlefield, be sensitive on what makes them smile or cry. Be a true leader today. Be a morale booster!

Form Relationships Built on Trust

Strong, effective relationships are built on trust.  If you don’t have strong, trust-based relationships with your people, everything you do to recognize them will be seen as manipulation.  When employees feel that you are using recognition to “get more out of them” rather than to show that you value them personally, they begin to emotionally disengage and morale suffers.  It’s not hard to develop trusting relationships with your people, but it does take time, consistency, and integrity.

Show Them Respect

The book The One Minute Manager introduces a theory of personal responsibility that allows managers to get maximum results with a minimum of time invested with each staff member.  The secret is in showing them respect, defining their expectations, and avoiding micromanaging.  Most employees respond well to being given enough rope to hang themselves, as long as their job is well defined and they are allowed to fail periodically without fear of unrealistic retribution.  Respected employees are more alert, creative, and productive.  When they do make a mistake, they’ll fix it, move on confidently and won’t make that mistake again.
Nurture Creativity

Once you’ve built trusting relationships and developed a foundation of respect, employees will automatically respond with more creativity.  The best way to nurture and benefit from their new-found creativity is to go by the philosophy that there are no bad ideas, only undeveloped ones.  Trusted and respected employees with managers who reinforce the fact that they have some flexibility to try new things will surprise you with the creative ingenuity that they bring to their work.  The best part is that you get this for the same price you’re paying unhappy employees who are doing just enough to get by.

 Build Effective Teams

Team building is a more complex challenge than fostering high morale in individual employees.  Here are five problems that many teams develop that keep them from being as effective as they want to be in accomplishing company goals:

  • Absence of Trust—due to invulnerability
  • Fear of Conflict—artificial harmony
  • Lack of Commitment—ambiguity
  • Avoidance of Accountability—low standards
  • Inattention to Results—caused by individual status and ego issues

In the absence of trust, morale is at its lowest and self-protectionism becomes the rule.  It doesn’t take a PhD in psychology to realize that this will limit productivity and make work a lot less rewarding for both employees and their managers.  This “every man for themselves” attitude destroys teams and makes it impossible to optimize goal setting and achieve corporate objectives in a timely manner, if at all.

By learning to communicate more effectively based on honesty, consistency, vulnerability, and respect, your teams will be able to focus unselfishly on common results.  This in turn keeps individual egos and agendas in check.

Related Reading: Pinay DH turned global CEO

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How to save your life in freezing waters

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Ahoy, Sailor!

Remember the cause of Jack’s death on the epic movie Titanic? Yes, he had suffered from hypothermia and eventually left Rose missing him for a lifetime.

Mayo Clinic defines hypothermia as a medical emergency that occurs when your body loses heat faster than it can produce heat, causing a dangerously low body temperature. The body’s normal temperature is around 98.6 F (37 C). When it drops below 95 F (35 C) however, you’re life is already in danger.

Due to hypothermia, the victim’s heart, nervous system and other organs can’t work normally. If left untreated, hypothermia can eventually lead to complete failure of the heart and respiratory system and to death.

Protect yourself

The Immersion Suit is a life-saving appliance which covers your whole body and maintains its temperature at a comfortable level when immersed in water. It can protect you in situations where the danger of hypothermia is great, thereby increasing your chances of survival.

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SIZES:
Universal Adult
WEIGHT: 55-95 Kg
HEIGHT: 160 – 190 cm
Xlarge Adult
WEIGHT: 85 – 130 Kg
HEIGHT: max 205 cm

Remember, the time of emergency is not the time to learn how to don your immersion suit correctly. The regulation requires you to don it in just 2 minutes actually.

Should we stress more below cliche?

 

Learn how to don your immersion suit  properly in 9 simple steps. Practice makes perfect! 🙂

 

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