Brunei delegation bound for ASEAN livesaver programme

James Kon

A delegation comprising five from the Brunei Beach Bunch left the country to join the ASEAN lifesaver exchange programme for two weeks in Brisbane, Australia yesterday.

The delegation, led by President and founder of ‘Beach Bunch’ Mohd Rizan bin Dr Haji Abdul Latif, comprises Mohamad Fadhilullah Tudun bin Haji Hassan, Siti Nurul Sharaffina binti Haji Shamsul Arifin, Muhammad Saiful Fadlin bin Pengiran Saiful Fadzil and Zainal Azim bin Haji Zainal Abidin.

The members are qualified lifesavers under the Beach Bunch’s lifesaving programme with Siti Nurul Sharaffina as the first female lifesaver to be trained in Australia.

The programme is supported by Royal Brunei Airlines as it shares the same objective as Beach Bunch to have better and safer beaches in Brunei.

The programme’s objective is to train under the Australian lifesaving programme and syllabus.

It involves improving their swimming stroke corrections, enhancing their swimming fitness in the pool and seas, better usage of rescue equipment including rescue tubes and rescue boards and first aid and advanced resuscitation techniques. Participants will be working with the Australian lifeguards and learn about life guard operations including radio operations, hand signals, operating drone UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) and IRB (Inflatable Rescue Boat).

Mohd Rizan said, “We hope to gain more experience. This programme is a good opportunity for us to learn more. We will share our knowledge and experience among the Brunei community.” This is the first time that Beach Bunch is taking part in the programme by Cudgen Headland Surf Life Saving Club (SLSC), a branch under the SLS Far North Coast, New South Wales.

Brunei will be joining the programme with participants from Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Thailand.

The Brunei Beach Bunch delegation in a group photo at the Departure Hall of the Brunei International Airport. PHOTO: JAMES KON