Service Learning – Coastal Clean Up

Date : 14 September 2018
Time : 1500 hours – 1700 hours
No. of hours : 4 hours 30 mins
Client : Fuhua Secondary School (NCC)
At 1330 hours, we had check in at OPS room with my camp chief, Ali and my project manager, Nithiya. Alongside with me was my intern mates and also Fattah. For check in, we were given more information of our client and what we are going to do for our programme. We are going to do coastal clean up with our client. Once we were done with check in, we headed out to prepare our logistics for our programme.
The logistics needed for our coastal clean up is :
– 17 triple kayaks
– 3 double kayaks
– 4 single kayak
– 61 paddles
– 1 tow rope
– 70 Personal Flotation Device (PFD)
We transferred all the logistics onto our lorry and transported it to Sembawang Park and align all the logistics neatly. Once that it done, we wait for our participants to reach Sembawang Park before we can start with coastal clean up.
The Team Instructors(Tis) for this programme is Maisurah and Nadirah. Station Instructors was me, Sahri, Tricia and Fattah. The Tis lead the participants to Sembawang Park and assemble them under the shaded area so Jessie can start on her briefing.
For the briefing, Jessie introduced to them the PFD and how to properly wear a PFD. Once that is done, she send them down to do water confidence. Reason being why we do water confidence is to check if the PFD is working and also to see the confidence of the participants in water. After water confidence is done, they proceed back up to get their kayaks and paddles and bring it down to launch off.
Jessie is leading the participants so she will be upfront. Once all have launched off from shore, they will start picking up rubbish that they find in the sea. After that is done, Jessie will put up her paddle which means raft up. During raft up, Jessie gave a short briefing to them letting them know that they will kayak further because there isn’t much rubbish for them to pick up.

  1. After all is done, they will paddle back to shore and carry their kayaks and paddle back up and stack it up nicely. Once all is settled, the participants and Tis will head back to campsite for wash up and closing. After closing is done, we will send them off and have our own check out.
    Challenges that I faced :
    The challenges that I faced during this programme is that it was tiring for me as the currents of the waves were going against us so it was hard to paddle back to shore.
    What I learned :
    What I learned from this programme is that we all play an important part when it comes to the cleanliness of our country. Picking up litters in the sea can make a difference as it lowers the risk of the animals in the sea.