Thanks to the lessons learnt from the lifesaver programme of Beach Bunch, Dayangku Siti Khadeejah binti Pengiran Haji Mohd Yani and her friend were able to help a boy who had an asthma attack in a swimming pool several months ago.
Dayangku Siti Khadeejah who is the first woman to complete the lifesaver programme revealed this during an interview on the sidelines of the opening ceremony and certificate presentation on Life Saving Programme at the Lecture Theatre of Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium yesterday.
She said, “It happened just after the completion of the lifesaver programme. I was with a friend who also followed the lifesaver course at the swimming pool. A boy aged between six and seven got an asthma attack. We were upstairs swimming while the inhaler was downstairs. We managed to calm the boy and instructed him to do some breathing exercises.
“The boy’s sister later brought the inhaler from downstairs. The lessons learnt during the lifesaver programme helped us to assist the child who was in the swimming pool.”
On why she participated in the course, the 20-year-old Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) student said, “I started swimming three years ago. My coach recommended that I join the lifesaver programme organised by Beach Bunch because I would be able to help people during an emergency while in the swimming pool.”
The programme involved a practical and a written exam. The course was conducted for three days in March 2019. The certificate is valid for two years. After two years, it needs to be renewed, Dayangku Siti Khadeejah said.
She added, “I am also studying medicine at UBD. The lifesaver programme is related to my course. We also learn about first aid.”
Encouraging more women to join the programme, she said, “I know that there are many female swimmers. They can join the lifesaver programme and save people in distress.”
Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Home Affairs (Safety, Welfare and Law) Mohd Amir Hairil bin Haji Mahmud, as the guest of honour presented the life saver certificate to Dayangku Siti Khadeejah.