Duration of Skills Component: April 2016 to October 2017 (18 months)
Skill: Instructor Development Programme (IDP)
Summary of skills acquired over 18 months:
- Facilitation Skills
- High Elements & Climbing
- Powered Pleasure Craft Driving License (PPCDL) [Practical Test Pending]
- Standard First Aid
I am very thankful to be able to acquire a broad range of skills since joining the outdoor industry with CAMP CHALLENGE since December 2015. I volunteered as a Volunteer Instructor (VI) after completing my O’levels and has since learnt essential skills that will be beneficial for journey as an instructor, an am appreciative of all the time that my fellow senior colleagues are willing to invest in me.
Graduation from Basic Instructor Course 42
To mark the beginning of my journey as an outdoor instructor, I took part in the Basic Instructor Course under CAMP CHALLENGE after 5 months of volunteering as a VI. The course reinforced my understanding and knowledge that I have learnt from experience as a VI over the past 5 months. In addition to technical skills such as belaying, managing adventure activities such as rafting, and geocaching, I was given the platform to demonstrate the various debriefing and front loading skills through role playing as participants and instructors. It has set a foundation for me to build upon as I proceed to participate in more camps as an instructor.
After the in-house module: Tuckman’s Team Development Model & The Leadership Challenge by Kouzes and Posner
Since graduating from BIC 42 under CAMP CHALLENGE, I went on to pursue more soft skills to enrich my understanding in facilitation such as:
- Effective Front Loading & Debriefing Techniques Module
- Tuckman’s Team Development Model Module
- The Leadership Challenge Module
- Children International Summer Village (CISV) Train The Trainers for MOSAIC
- CAMP Chief Module
The modules that I have participated in widened my perspective of facilitation. The progressive level of difficulty for each module slowly helped me to better apply what I have learnt as a freelance instructor as I was able to test out the various techniques shared in the modules on the participants under me. Since then, I was able to conduct more challenging programmes successfully such introducing DISC profiling.
High Elements & Climbing
Completing Tandem & One Man Belay Module
Achievements in Sports Climbing & Abseiling
Performing a lock off and leg wrap technique during Abseiling Level 1 Course (SNAS I)
Performing a top-out technique at the anchor of the rock wall during SNCS II course
At the top Team Challenge Hourglass (TCH) during TCH Accreditation Course
Anchoring on the beam of High Elements at CAMP CHALLENGE using climbing lobsters
Since being introduced of belaying during BIC 42, I went on to acquire more applied skills useful for high elements such as:
- Sports Climbing Level I & II (SNCS I & II)
- Abseiling Level I (SNAS I)
- Singapore Mountaineering Federation (SMF) Wall Activity Supervisor Course (Singapore Polytechnic Rock Wall)
- Tandem & One Man Belay Module (CAMP CHALLENGE)
- Team Challenge Hourglass (TCH) Accreditation Course (CAMP CHALLENGE)
- Station Master Course (CAMP CHALLENGE)
The most crucial lesson learnt from all the courses for high elements is safety. Through the various courses, I gained more insight in high rope systems and casualty evacuation. I am also better able to identify the risks involved in various activities and apply them in the various programmes as a high elements station instructor, as well as during my co-curricular activity (CCA) as a wall activity supervisor in Singapore Polytechnic. Through climbing regularly and making myself available for programmes that require high elements instructors, I was able to practice my belaying techniques and expose myself to more unforeseen situations in climbing. Since, I became more confident in working at heights as well as managing high elements and climbing sessions. Given the opportunity, I would continue to take up more advanced courses such as Abseiling Level II and Sports Climbing Level III.
Kayaking 1 Star Course @ Water Venture Sembawang
Completing Kayaking 2 Star Course @ Water Venture Pasir Ris
Performing Classic Draw and Towing during Kayaking Coaching Level 1 Course @ Singapore Canoe Federation and Water Venture Changi
Kayaking 1 Star Course Attachment @ Poly Marina & Singapore Polytechnic
Regular Kayaking Training @ Poly Marina
Kayaking Training @ Water Venture Sembawang
Since participating in a kayaking programme as an instructor with CAMP CHALLENGE in March 2016, where I had completely no knowledge in the sport (and only the second time sitting in a kayak), I was determined to ensure that I was equipped with the skills sets needed to support such programmes. Starting from a clean slate, I applied to participate in kayaking courses and kayaking training with Singapore Polytechnic Adventurers (SPA) to ensure that I was proficient in basic skills. Little did I expect that I would progress to take on the role as a Sea In-Charge with SPA from April 2017 to March 2018. With this new role, I pursued my newfound passion in paddling by exposing myself to more kayaking expeditions, regular training (every Saturday and before expeditions), as well as Level 1 Coaching. I was able to overcome my once fear of the sea during my first kayaking programme with CAMP CHALLENGE and learnt more theory about the sea and tides. The vastness of the sea has since sparked more curiosity as I became more interested to explore the seas, motivating me to take on the Powered Pleasure Craft Driving License Course (PPCDL) which covered both boat handling and sea theory. My journey in pursuing this new skill has enabled me to become a better leader in managing kayaking programmes and training. I intend to go on to take on more challenging skills such as Kayaking 3 Star, officially achieving Level 1 Coaching, and obtaining my PPCDL license in 2018.
Since, I have achieved the following thus far:
- Kayaking 1 Star & 2 Star
- Kayaking Coaching Level 1 Course
- Conducted 27 Sea Trainings (over a year)
- Participated in 9 Kayaking Expeditions with SPA
- Powered Pleasure Craft Driving License (theory pass; practical pending)
Standard First Aid
CPR & AED assessment with dummy kit
As an SMF Wall Activity Supervisor and a Kayaking Coaching Level 1 Trainee, I will require to obtain the Standard First Aid certification. Under Singapore Polytechnic, I was able to obtain my Standard First Aid + CPR AED certificate. The course has enabled me to promptly respond to first aid cases. I was able to apply what I have learnt in CAMP CHALLENGE as well as my CCA and be better able to assess the risks involved in activities and the severity of injuries. The course has also boosted my confidence in being independent with my participants, as I am now equipped with first aid skills that will be useful in an event my participant gets injured.
This 18-month long journey has been a long but enriching one. I have found out more about my strengths and weaknesses, became more confident in leading and managing activities due to acquiring more knowledge, and opened more doors to more advanced skills in the outdoor industry and outdoor activities. More than the technical aspects of the various skills, I have acquired transferable skills such as management, organisation, risk assessment, and emergency response that would benefit me in other aspects of life. It has enabled me to enjoy learning and spurred me to continue to improve in the things I am passionate about.