The Daily Herald – Diplomas for Completion of Basic Coast Guard Training


The graduation ceremony for ten trainees from Saint-Martin, Aruba and Curaçao.

WILLEMSTAD РThe first 10 Coast Guards of the New Basic Coast Guard Training (BOK) completed their education and received their diplomas on Friday. The training took place in Cura̤ao.

The young coastguards of Saint Martin, Aruba and Curaçao began their one-year study on January 1, 2020, but due to the Covid-19 epidemic, it has become a year and a half.

The goal of Coast Guard Basic Training is to make the Coast Guard candidate deployable as a junior crew member of a Metal shark Where Cutter. During training, candidates have the rank of Sailor, and they assume the position of Junior Crew Member.

Aspirants learned many different skills and theoretical knowledge. They received training in safety at sea, first aid, firearms handling and shooting, boarding techniques, maritime legal knowledge and physical training. Discipline and integrity were important topics during the training.

In addition, they completed the training to become a Special Police Officer (BAVPOL) at the Police Training Institute for Law Enforcement and Security of Curaçao (ORV). “The result is independent and reliable coast guards who are ready to meet the challenges of maritime law enforcement,” said coast guard officials.


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