Last week, the Royal Navy section of the CCF purchased a remote controlled destroyer and aircraft carrier. The Fifth and Lower Sixth Form cadets were tasked with using them in the pool to create an activity for the Third Form cadets to learn buoyage. Buoyage is the system of lateral, cardinal and other buoys, which mark and signal dangers and direction for mariners.
Together we worked out that we were going to use coloured balloons and water bottles with coloured tape around them to create the buoys. They would be secured using string and some weights, kindly lent to us by the Physics department. We hope for the younger cadets to learn buoyage by a practical method, instead of sitting in a classroom. I am sure using the boats and our home-made buoys will make for an enjoyable biennial inspection presentation.