Leading Seaman and Petty Officer classes from TS
Woltemade visited the SA Naval Museum in Simon’s Town on
23 May 2015 to learn about South Africa’s Naval history.
Prior to the visit only a 5th of the class and Officers
/ Instructors had visited the naval museum.
opportunity provided them with a practical opportunity
to learn about the history of the SA Navy, naval and
nautical traditions and have a feel for life at sea as
it developed over the centuries.
SLt’s (SCC) Marlon Adams & Dr David Walker, accompany TS
Woltemade Sea Cadets to the SA Naval Museum.
SLt (SCC) Dr
David Walker, a lecturer in Maritime Affairs at Cape
Peninsular University of Technology (CPUT) and
previously a Royal Naval Sea Cadet Instructor, shared
his experiences of how different life at sea was like
with stories of HMS Victory, the battle of Trafalgar and
Admiral Lord Nelson.
Experiencing the mock bridge and wheel house of a mine
sweeper, various naval guns and a submarine operations
room was greatly appreciated. The experience provided a
much needed practical experience after hours of pouring
over notes and photographs.
transformation display was a great hit with the young
Sea Cadets as they were interested to see how the SA
Navy had evolved over the years to become inclusive.
especially interested in those who had performed acts of
bravery including the story of the SS Mendi, Job Masego
and Sea Cadets from their unit who fetched the training
ship, the General Botha from the UK, and sailed it back
to South Africa. They applaud the hard work performed by
the SA Navy museum personnel to preserve the history of
the SA Navy and nautical traditions.
visited the South African Maritime Training Academy (SAMTRA)
in Simon’s Town on the same day. The visit was arranged
by Cdr David Wolfaardt, SA Navy Reserve, who is the
SAMTRA Training Manager. The aim of the outing was to
gain an insight into the commercial shipping industry
and to experience, through simulation, the activities
that take place on the bridge of a ship at sea.
A tour of
the SAMTRA facilities revealed the Electric Chart
Display and Information System (ECDIS) and Global
Maritime Distress & Safety Systems (GMDSS) simulation
classrooms, as well as the Refrigeration and Seamanship
workshop, and several well equipped Bridge Simulators.
simulation demonstration involved sailing two frigates
in False Bay before coming alongside in Simon’s Town
harbour. During the practical exercise the Sea Cadets
were able to experience lookout and helmsman duties and
carry out engine telegraph orders.
Cadets were also exposed to some of the different
weather patterns, including rougher seas, fog and rain
that could be encountered at sea, and experienced some
rule of the road scenarios with other ships - and even
spotted a whale or two! The experience using the
computer technology was very realistic and at times the
Sea Cadets reacted to the “moving” ship.