Having joined boats in 1945 and having been through the 30ft tank with the
old DSEA set I used to looked with some trepidation at the building of the 100ft
SETT, remarking to myself, 'They'll never get me through that!' How wrong can
you get as not only did I go though it with the old "Breathe out" system
several times but finished up as a CPO Cox'n, Instructor, 1963/64.
LCDR Hamlyn was CEO with LCDR Todd as deputy, Jackie Scarr as Chief of the
Tank and such stalwart Instructors as Max Wall, Blurt Mallows, Vic Street, Pat
Cadogon, Ivor Jones and a great team of 'Swim Boys', not forgetting Mr. Smith
'keeper of the Records'. Wonderful days with many happy memories, especially on
the Hockey field, as we won the Dolphin Inter Division Trophy twice, followed
by a happy commission as Escape Cox'n of the old 4th S/M Division in Sydney,
NSW here in Australia where I am now living (Perth WA)
Incidentally the last time I went through the Tank as cox'n of my last boat,
the "Repulse" was with the 'Hood System' and it didn't seem half as much fun
I still cherish the Tankard presented to me when I left the Tank in
appreciation from the Staff duly inscribed with my name and Official number with
words 'Breathe Out' on the reverse side, in the various languages of the
nationalities we took through the SETT. (see attached photographs)
Please convey my best wishes to all the Tank Staff and I hope they have as
great a time as I did way back in 1963!?
The Website is great.