CAF Story | From Law Student to Sailing the Seas

Video / February 23, 2018


It's interesting to make recommendations to the captain. You are a MAR SS III, you have just five weeks at sea in your career, and you have a captain who listens to you. It's a good feeling, to make a recommendation and have the captain say, "Yes, good idea, we'll do that."

Hi, I'm Acting Sub-Lieutenant Simon Ledsham. I am currently studying at McGill University in law. I wanted to do something very different from what I do at school. I wanted a challenge. I was thinking I'd never really been on a ship, never sailed, so I said to myself, "I'm going to do something that I have absolutely no idea how to do. And if I'm able to do it, well, that'll be a good sign of something."

We're not in our comfort zone very often. There is always a risk, a little bit of, "Ah, am I going to pass my exam? Am I going to pass my next manoeuvre?" Of course we need to persevere, we need to be at 100 percent at all times to ensure that we pass and continue to progress.

I set myself the goal of completing my training to be qualified as Bridge Watch Keeper, which means I’ll be able to be alone on the deck of the ship, and then be in charge of the ship. I like manoeuvres myself, I find them really exciting. Of course, there is a lot going on all at once, but I'm learning all kinds of very practical skills that can serve me later in life: leadership and conflict resolution. So far, it's going well—so, fingers crossed.

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