Turning Students into Seafarers – Bhavans Smart Indian School’s Navy Visit

Turning Students into Seafarers – Bhavans Smart Indian School’s Navy Visit

The tour began with a simple introduction of the Navy officers and the crew on board

On the 6th of October 2022, a motley crew of 20 students of grades 12 and 10 were whisked away to a grand adventure on the open sea. The students dressed to the nines in the complete school uniform, stepped foot on one of three training ships for the Indian Navy, particularly, the INS TIR, at 10 AM, ready to learn from the navy personnel on board about the ins and outs of both seamanship and the ship itself.

The tour began with a simple introduction of the Navy officers and the crew on board, the former allowing full authorization of as many pictures as the teacher’s SD cards could carry, and the latter cautioning the adverse effects of dehydration, easy to achieve on a ship docked in direct sunlight.

After learning about the different types of away boats on the vessel, the students traversed the uppermost deck of the ship, getting their hands on unloaded, perfectly safe, childproofed weaponry that naval officers use to engage in combat with enemy ships, which were tracked with the gargantuan radar system, also observed by the students. Said students took this knowledge, along with all the other information from the trip, and absorbed it into their very souls.

Upon the tour’s conclusion, souvenirs, refreshments, and photo opportunities were offered to the students onboard. The crew was welcoming and patient enough to explain the intricacies drilled into their heads by sergeants to the clueless students who simply marveled at how “they didn’t expect the ship to be so big!”

Yet, all good things must sadly come to an end. After thirty minutes of rigor, fun and information absorption, the final salute from the crew came, and the students bid their farewell to the INS TIR and its crew. Truly, it was a monumental moment for the senior students of SIS, one that will surely remain in their minds for a lifetime.

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