Swift Water Rescue Course

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Chan Yuen Li introduces another adventure course in Gopeng

 

Daring to perform rescue tasks in swift water alone is not sufficient, it requires the addition of techniques which reduce the risks and help increase the chances for a successful rescue.

Aimed at disseminating such techniques, Nomad Adventures recently held its first ever Swift Water Rescue course at its Earth Camp at Gopeng. Beside 21 Malaysians, there were participants from Singapore, the Philippines and the United States.

The course instructors consisted of two top American instructors from Rescue 3 International and Nomad Adventure director and qualified Rescue 3 instructor, Chan Yuen Li.

Nomad Adventures is the Malaysia-Singapore representative for Rescue 3 International – a ground, rope and water rescue training company based in California. Swift Water Rescue teaches rescuers the rules and techniques of how to approach a rescue in a flood or swift water environment. Normally rescuers perform daring rescue tasks without realizing what imminent dangers lurk beyond.

It is an acknowledged understanding that a rescuer does no one any good if they become a victim themselves.

This sentiment was echoed by Rescue Chief from Pasig City in the Philippines, Ritchie Angeles, 39, who described his experience during the recent floods caused by Typhoon Ketsana.

”The floods were the worst in 40 years. The waters were swift just like this in the Kampar River but it was muddy and had a lot of floating debris,” he said.  Their training on lifeguard techniques was different from floods and therefore they need to be better prepared for the future.

Sharing the same sentiments with Angeles were the Rescue Chiefs from Makati City, Hector Reyes and Olongopo City, Jeffrey Lapid.

Yuen Li is glad that the course was well attended.”Whitewater rafting on the Kampar River is becoming more popular and it should be sustained with qualified guides of international standard. Hopefully by offering this course, the Kampar River can become a centre of excellence for swift water and flood training”.

Incidentally the course is not just meant for Search and Rescue personnel. Loh Teck Kwang, a Quality Consultant from Singapore who conducts leadership and management topics, feels the course content is suitable for his classes.

Badarulzaman Ramli, 46, Rakan Muda Senior Instructor based at University Technology Petronas also agrees that the course is good for safety awareness and team building.

Or you could participate like government servant and adventure activist, Suzaihirma Ruslan from Sungai Besi who participated just “because I love adventure and want to be prepared”.

JAMES GOUGH

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