I want to be involved in direct action campaigns to save whales from Japanese whalers. This means that I need to pass through an application process to even have the opportunity to become a volunteer crew member on the sea shepherd. The whole crew is all volunteer. They pay for their air fare to Australia to board the ship, they pay for what they need to do it, and the only thing they get in return, is food, board, and knowing that they are saving whales lives.
I crave this type of stuff. I’ve taken part in direct action in other forms, Protest, sit-ins and all of that. But nothing on this scale. Which is why I want to do it. The activist in me craves knowing what I’m doing is affecting and helping something instantly. And being out in the Antarctic as a Sea Shepherd means I am contributing in helping save the whales. But to be able to become a sea shepherd, I have a lot of work I have to do. So here is the list of what I need to get done in order to up my chances of my application being accepted.
* Get A Passport (Ive been slacking)
* Be CPR/First Aid Certified (there’s an online certification course)
* Read “Handbook of Knots” By Des Pawson/ Dorling Kindersley (And learn how to tie different knots)
* Read “Chapman Piloting and Seamanship 65th Edition By Elbert S. Maloney (This covers the newest technology—especially in the area of communications and navigation electronics equipment, such as GPS, radar, depth sounders/fish finders, chart plotters, and other gear. Which will give me Seamanship)
* Turn in my application to become a Sea Shepherd
So this blog, Is going to follow me going through all this. My thoughts as I am doing it and just watching each step slowly get completed. My goal is to have the application turned into the Sea Shepherds by December. I’m not sure if anyone will read this, or even enjoy this blog. Mostly I am doing it for myself, and maybe for the few people out there who learn something while I’m learning something new on my quest to become a Sea Shepherd.
By Elizabeth Rockett, originally published on her blog, click view for more information.