Our lifeboat training was an all-day event on a decommissioned destroyer sitting in the harbour.
My friends and I had fun exploring the empty ship during our breaks.
We did man-overboard drills while crossing the Strait of Georgia,
and then sailed into Vancouver and docked at HMCS Discovery in Stanley Park. All the girls on my boat were stashed in the big back cabin.
It was like a girls’ sleepover, except that we had to take our turns on duty, and we weren’t allowed to sleep in. I know this, because I had the 5AM watch, and it was my job to wake everyone up at 6 (easily done: one cabin, lots of lights, one light switch). The early morning shift was lovely. I sat on the narrow deck outside the cabin and looked at Vancouver, such as it was then, in the early morning light.