It's a little scary, and that's the point: What I learned at an offshore safety course

July 6th, 2018

A warning siren is wailing. Orange-coloured emergency lights are circling the walls of a cramped, concrete room. There's a fire in the galley, explains a staticky voice from the two-way radio.  "I'm ordering all personnel to don their immersion suits, remain calm, and stand by."

Twelve comrades and I — I call us the "lucky 13" — clumsily shimmy into the red, neoprene immersion suits, tuck our heads into the hoods, and pull the zippers tightly over our chins. 

We look like a band of Teletubbies. Only our little round faces are exposed.

Next stop, lifeboat.

Posted on July 6th, 2018