Its been awhile since i did the BC 4* Sea Training in Koh Chang with my paddling buddies, Madi and Nate, but after 4 years, on June 2018, we all finally passed the assessment. *hip hip hooray!*
The assessment was actually the easy part. ...Organising it, was an adventure itself!
Since the training in 2014, we've been putting the assessment on hold a number of times, plus we were in a region where the BC 4 star sea assessment was not widely organised. So in 2018, we thought, "hey, why not organise one ourselves, before our training expires for good!"
So off we went organising it. The problem was, Nate was in Singapore, Madi was in Johor, I was in Tanzania and the assessor, Dave, was in Wales. Luckily whatsapp, emails and google drive exists. Next We had to find a way to bring down the costs (especially the assessors flights), so we thought we should invite more people to do the course....ses! In the end, there was a 3 star sea, 4 star sea training, 4 star sea assessment, Coastal Navigation course and a 3 star whitewater course, held at 2 different locations, Sibu island and Gopeng.
And of course, there was the issue of participants, some pulling out, some unsure, accommodation issues, transportation issues, payment issues, a second assessor issue, and all that jazz.
In the end, we had a total of 23 pax, 5 different courses at 2 different locations, and a community of passionate and enthusiastic paddlers, with BC standards ...and are hungry for more!
Thank you @kulark , @barefoot_frye and @acwaterra for making it happen!
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***photo credits - Dave Brown