A north-east lifeboat volunteer has learned vital skills as part of an emergency skills course.
Mike Reading, 38 from Stonehaven, is a volunteer crew member at Stonehaven RNLI lifeboat station.
He recently travelled to the RNLI College in Poole, Dorset, to complete the charity’s Crew Emergency Procedures course.
The course sees volunteer crew being trained in a variety of crucial subjects such as how to abandon ship with a four-metre jump into water, team survival swimming, coping in a life raft in simulated darkness, how to right a capsized inshore lifeboat and the importance of life jackets.
Training took place in the Sea Survival Centre at the charity’s college, which includes a 25m wave-generating survival tank.
The training was funded by Lloyd’s Register Foundation, which has committed to continue supporting the RNLI’s Crew Emergency Procedures course for a second five-year period until December 2020.