The Jindabyne-based, Snowy Mountains Australian Navy Cadets (ANC) unit, TS ORION, carried out their first sailing and power boating activities on Lake Jindabyne on Saturday.
The unit has been working hard towards this significant event and the cadets and staff were excited at the opportunity of finally getting on the Lake.
Eleven Cadets and four TS ORION staff practised in the Unit's new 4.4 metre rigid inflatable boat (RIB), the 7 metre aluminium Light Utility Boat (LUB) and, excitedly, in the two 5 metre Corsair sailing craft.
The unit was privileged to have the National Commander, Captain John Gill on hand to carry out water safety inspections on the craft and to successfully examine two staff members, Petty Officers Steve Truscott and Steve Manning as safety boat operators.
These staff qualifications will enable TS ORION to conduct independent operations on the Lake and for the instruction, training and supervision cadets' boating activities.
Captain Gill said that he was impressed with the skills displayed by the cadets, particularly as some had never sailed before, and he commented that, with more training and experience, TS ORION will be a force to be reckoned with on the water.
TS ORION cadets and their boats will be a regular sight on Lake Jindabyne this summer, providing a not only a colorful backdrop, but adding to exciting youth development opportunities in the district.