This is the information they were given:
The main aim is to remove the oil from the beach, so that when high tide comes, the oil doesn't get washed away again.
Scooping up the oil with spades and rakes, putting it into bags, and taking the bags up to be disposed of.
Up in the carpark
In the decontamination area. This is where you sign in and out.
On the beach with the oil. When you head back, you must sign out and get decontaminated.
White jumpsuit, high-vis vest, gloves, gumboot covers.
You can be supplied with gumboots.
You will be supplied with lunch too.
- Scoop at a shallow angle so that you don't get lots of sand with the oil. Pick up seaweed if contaminated. Can pick up small bits with a stick or by hand. Pick up as you go so that you don't walk through the oil.
- Fill up the bags with the oil. Don't overfill them, we should have plenty of bags
- Tie them off at the top and take them back to the decontamination zone.
Information from the trainer (an Australian expert):
This oil will be here for years. There is still oil on the rocks from the 1996 Australian oil spill (Tasmania).
Comment from my son:
"It's crazy the amount of damage that can happen because of the error of one person. I was reading once about human speed limits. When we run, maybe we can get up to 20 kph: we can feel and judge how fast we are going. Our lungs are pumping, the wind is blowing past our face. But as soon as we get into a car, we lose all indications of the speed, so we don't make good judgements. Our bodies don't understand our fast our bodies are going".