LEARNING new skills of saving lives during a sea mishap has amazed a group of boat masters who attended a workshop in Savusavu.
Inoke Qionitoba from Tukavesi Village said the workshop organised by Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji taught them a lot about safety measures and how to look after passengers during a sea mishap.
"Most of us own boats and sometimes we take it out to sea without checking the safety equipment on board especially for short rides," he said.
"This time, we will make sure we check everytime because anything can happen to our lives.
"The workshop has taught us a lot about safety and I am glad MSAF has brought it to Savusavu."
Another participant, Tikitiki Vovo from Kioa Island said he has lived by the sea all his life but learning the new safety skills made him think twice about taking people out for fishing without safety equipment on board.
"We were taught how to keep our passengers together out at sea and direct them while swimming together towards shore," he said.
"Most of the time, when our boat sinks or turns over, we all swim to land. But the workshop taught us how to keep our passengers together in a circle and have the front row using their arms to swim while the ones in the back use their legs.
"And we can have two or three people in the middle relaxing while holding onto the legs of the ones in the front row."