The Crew Coach recently featured in the May Dockwalk edition on what do you do when coming across refugees at sea. The Crew Coach would like to share with their followers their thoughts on what to do when you encounter refugees at sea…

In terms of safety and procedures, it is of utmost importance that the authorities are notified immediately if an incident like this occurs. The reason for this is so that the maritime regulations can be adhered to and executed in the correct fashion. I am sure that safety training for crew covers this in detail as it does for all other high-risk situations.

What I would like to make apparent, is if crew do encounter immigrants at sea that they take the time to debrief the situation with someone whether it be crew, family or someone who works in the caring profession or has clinical expertise. At The Crew Coach we do offer a counselling service for crew.

Witnessing such an event can be very confronting and can unearth personal issues which can subsequently impact your daily physical and emotional well-being. When you are in a state of burn out, you are more susceptible to being triggered.  I am not saying this will be the case for everyone, however, I highly recommend that you draw upon the personal skills of self-awareness and self-reflection in your daily work. Being self-aware, not only makes you more effective in your role but also contributes to becoming a more competent crew member.