18 months (12 months for Silver NYAA holder)
No. of Hours:
Date: 29 May 2018 / Tuesday
Category: Skills

18 mths

Class 3 & 4 driving license

I managed to acquire this skill through my National Service as i was posted to be a Transport Operator in the Army. As a Transport Operator if we wanted to convert our license into Civilian License, we had to clock a total of 4000 km within our time in Service. I was first sent to a Military Driving course where we were introduced to driving a Landrover, one of the more commonly used in the SAF. having gone through the Class 3 phase of driving we were then introduced to a Class 4 vehicle, the 3 Tonner where we spent most of our driving hours. We spend roughly about 40 hours of driving throughout the period of 3 months to be able to take our Traffic Police test in the 3 Tonner. Once we passed the test, we were trained further with all the most commonly used Vehicles in the SAF, also going through cross country training to learn how to drive on rough terrains. Once we completed all these familiarisations of the different vehicles and acquired a mileage of at least 900 km then we graduated from the course and were sent back to our respective units.


Back at our units, we were introduced to even more vehicles due to the specializations each unit supports, we were also introduced to the maintenance and how to change spare tyres for the different vehicles. For me, i was in MINDEF and we largely support all administrative details within MINDEF as well as shuttle services and VIP Details. VIP Details are where we are tagged to certain generals and we become their driver using the MID car which in my case is a Ford Mondeo. Thus i was trained as a VIP Driver. Having been chosen as a VIP driver, we spent a lot more hours driving as well as more meticulous training to ensure the VIP has a smooth ride. I learn things such as recognizing routes and places where the specific generals usually attend. During my service, i attended many different kinds of events such as

Shangri-La Dialogue, ASEAN Chief of Army Annual Meet, Air Show 2018 and also ASEAN Military Intelligence Inaugural Meeting.


Through everything for the past 18 months i was able to clock in 12000 km in mileage thus enabling me to convert to civilian license. Having gone through the different kinds of trainings as well as details from administrative ones to VIPs. It was tiring yet fulfilling to be able to serve and experience all these at the same time. I feel that the Army has also taught me well in terms of driving and safety, how to look out for certain hazards and etc which can be a very useful skill in my future.

18 months (12 months for Silver NYAA holder)
No. of Hours:
Date: 1 May 2018 / Tuesday
Category: Skills




With this course and certification, it allowed me to have more experience on a sailing boat, but on a smaller scale.
It was a 3 day course starting at 0900 hours everyday of the course and ends at around 1830 hours everyday.
We were explained on parts of the dinghy, the right of way when out at sea, different types of boats, how to properly rig up your boat, etc.
There was alot of theory the first day before we got to actually go for simulation and the actual launching off in the waters.
One of my difficulties was how to recover when your boat capsizes as it takes alot of practice on how to counter the weight of the boats.

After we had simulation, we were headed out into open waters and we were given a taste at how sailing feels like, on your own, on your own boat.

– 3 days of course
– 4 days for Singapore Rendezvous 2017



18 months (12 months for Silver NYAA holder)
No. of Hours:
Date: 30 April 2018 / Monday
Category: Skills
During trainings!
During trainings!

Water skills

  • Dinghy level 1
    • This certification taught me how to sail out with a dingy. I was very much excited when given this opportunity to learn. It was a 3 days course that was held at the end of September. The feeling at first was very surreal as we would be sailing out solo at the end of the course.
    • I have learnt a lot during the course like how to sail, parts of the dinghy and the right of way when sailing out at sea. I have to visualize a lot before I can fully understand what is going on and how to sail proper. There are lots of things to memorize and practice within such a short period of time, but when I got a hang of it, it all comes naturally; one of the examples is on which rope to sheet in and release during a sail. My favorite will be to sail out when there is a strong wind as that would be the time where it will test me as a sailor. At the same time I’m controlling the sails, I have to also counter the weight of the dinghy by sitting at the very edge of the gunwale. Sometimes, half of my body would be out of the dinghy just to counter the weight of the boat that is tilting to one side. If I do not counter the weight, my dinghy would have just capsized to the side. It’s like a full body workout!
    • Every time I sail out, it would always be a different feeling and a different kind of adventure. Different wind, different water current and different weather. It would never be the same experience each time. This is what I love about sailing.
    • After the course, I sailed on my own, helped out for Singapore Rendezvous and I also helped out to teach the next batch of people learning how to sail on dinghy.
      • 3 days of course
      • 4 days of Singapore Rendezvous
      • 3 days of helping Sailing Course #02
      • 2-3 times a week of 4hrs of solo sailing 
        My first time belaying
        My first time belaying

        Land Skills

        • Sports Climbing level 1
          • This certification taught me how to belay people for High Element safely. I learned how to belay from my friends first before I got my certification. I have always seen my fellow colleagues belaying participants and I learn the steps of belaying by mimicking them.
          • When I went for the course, it was even much clearer to me on how to belay.  When there are camps going on, I would ensure that I am available so that I am able to come down and practice my belaying for high element sessions. I think it has taught me the importance of safety and why certain practices are in place so as to not compromise safety and why is it important to develop good belaying habits.
            • 2-3 camps a week
              • 2 sessions → 3 hrs per session
18 months (12 months for Silver NYAA holder)
No. of Hours:
Date: 29 April 2018 / Sunday
Category: Skills

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
  • Kayaking
  • 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.


Facilitation Skills


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.

Tuckman's Teambuilding Model & TLC I

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

Tandem & One Man Belay

Completing Tandem & One Man Belay Module

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Achievements in Sports Climbing & Abseiling

Abseiling Level 1 IV

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

2016 12.21-23.12.16 BIC 45 III

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

Kayaking 1 Star Course @ Water Venture Sembawang

Kayaking 2 Star III

Completing Kayaking 2 Star Course @ Water Venture Pasir Ris

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Performing Classic Draw and Towing during Kayaking Coaching Level 1 Course @ Singapore Canoe Federation and Water Venture Changi

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Kayaking 1 Star Course Attachment @ Poly Marina & Singapore Polytechnic


Regular Kayaking Training @ Poly Marina

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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


Bandaging Techniques 


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.

18 months (12 months for Silver NYAA holder)
No. of Hours: 3
Date: 25 December 2017 / Monday
Category: Skills

On 24th Dec, 2 of the BBBS volunteers and I followed up on the theory lesson we had 2 weeks ago with our instructor at Constant Wind Seasports and Sailing School. We mainly practiced the man-overboard drills and how to berth & unberth the powerboat from a pontoon.

These drills will be tested during the PPCDL Practical Test at RSYC.

24 December PPCDL Practical

18 months (12 months for Silver NYAA holder)
No. of Hours: 7
Date: 12 December 2017 / Tuesday
Category: Skills

For skills, I will be focusing on developing to be a competent keelboat crew/skipper. This will be to prepare for a possible 4D3N sail expedition at sea.

Keelboats are much bigger and heavier than the dinghy sailboats that most of us BBBS are used to. However, it is not practical to sail on dinghies during long expeditions are sea. Thus, we will be taking our sailing skills further by being competent to sail a keelboat.

Since most larger keelboats are additionally fitted with engines for propulsion, one of the first steps in being competent is attaining the Powered Pleasure Craft Driving License (PPCDL). These keelboats also have to follow the Rules of the Road at sea. This is is taught as part the PPCDL curriculum.

We had our theory class conducted by Major Tan at the National Sailing Centre from  10AM -5.00PM. After passing the Theory Test, we will follow up for practical lessons.

Photo credits: Uncle Jevan
Photo credits: Uncle Jevan
18 months (12 months for Silver NYAA holder)
No. of Hours:
Date: 17 November 2017 / Friday
Category: Skills

For Skills, I will be writing about the experience I had and things I have learnt during my poly life and internship with CAMP CHALLENGE.

For Skills segment, I will be writing the skills I had achieved throughout my years in Republic Polytechnic (RP), CAMP CHALLENGE (CC). I took Diploma of Outdoor Adventures Learning in RP and have gain skills which I had never thought I would engage myself with. During Year 1, I obtain certificate of Climbing Level 1 during my curriculum. Year 2, was Water based, Kayaking Star 1 and 2, Abseiling Level 1. The skills that I took happened every once or twice a week. Obtaining the skills with my peers was the greatest time of my life as I am bless to have peers that never gives up on each other and we persevere together as a team. Every year we had 2 semester and with every semester we changed classes. Thus the people that gone through each and every skills with me was different and yet interesting to work with. I am glad we had each other’s back. The tough time for me was when I was getting my Kayaking certificate as I can’t swim and being in the water actually scares me a lot. Friends will actually stayed back with me to practice kayaking with me and boost my confidence up in kayaking confidently. That touched me as I know they have my back.

During my last year with RP, I had internship with CC. There were only 5 students (including me) that got deployed in CC for out internship. CAMP CHALLENGE is a company that facilitate character development though their programmes (camps). Skills that I had obtained was being used during the camps that I was deployed. That put into good use and it was a stranger to me as I am proficiency to do so.I learned more skills with CC, like Communication skills and also Trekking/Hiking through the programmes and camps I did. Throughout the camp, we did a lot of prepping with logistics and also check-in before the camp happened which is the next day. The reason why we check-in before the day before the camp was so we are mentally and physically ready and into the 3days 2night camp the next day. Having the responsibly to lead a group of kids for their first camp (mostly), to let them experience on how to survive and to look out in the outdoors.

  • Sports Climb Certification level 1 – During climbing module with DOAL
  • High Element sessions spread over 18 months – Per session duration is 2.5 hours to 4 hours.
  • Twice per week for high element session for youth programmes.
  • Kayaking Certification – 1&2 Star (During Water Module with DOAL)

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