Advanced Water Survival Course Graduation Ceremony At Moi Air Base

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Advanced Water Survival Course Participant demonstrates water obstacle crossing skills during graduation ceremony held at Moi Air Base on 17th May 2017.

Twenty four participants of the Kenya Air Force-run Advanced Water Survival Course graduated on Wednesday, 17th May 2017 at Moi Air Base (MAB) after a 14-week vigorous training.  The graduation ceremony was presided over by the Base Commander MAB Brigadier Mohamed Badi.

The Base Commander congratulated the course participants, noting that they had been taken through the tough course in order to improve their skills for future military duty.  At the same time, he thanked the instructors and all the participants for giving it all they got in order to ensure success.

“I congratulate you for giving your best in this extremely demanding course, your labour shall not be in vain,” said Brigadier Badi.

The ceremony included awarding of certificates and an intriguing display by the graduants at MAB swimming pool.

The Advanced Water Survival Course Number 16/17 began on 2nd Feb 2017 with 44 students from various Kenya Defence Forces units and formation but only 24, among them two civilians, successfully completed the course. The course is meant to equip aircrew and service members with the necessary combative skills and techniques required to survive in any aquatic environment.

The Water Survival Course is divided into three stages: basic, intermediate and advanced. Soldiers who achieve competence at the basic level pose little threat to themselves or their unit during operation in and around water. Those who qualify at intermediate are able to survive in water for a prolonged period, perform tasks and negotiate obstacles while in water. The current graduating class are extremely proficient in water.

During the training period, the students got a chance to tour various sites, including Kasarani Aquatic Stadium, Twiga Dam (Ruiru), Rapid Camp Sagana, Kenya Navy Mtongwe, among others.

The advanced course included lessons on psychology of survival, special rescue, advance first aid, hypothermia management, dinghy training, aircraft evacuation and egress, lifesaving/lifeguarding techniques, combat life saving, water proofing and crossing water obstacles. The students also learnt free falling and rappelling from hovering helicopters into open water to rescue, hoist and evacuate survivors.

To date 6 Officers, 262 servicemen, 29 servicewomen and 6 civilian have been trained on Advanced Water Survival skills, while over 400 service members have been trained on basic combative water skills.

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The Base Commander, Moi Air Base Brigadier Mohamed Badi awards Sgt John Mose of Kenya Navy, a certificate after he successfully completed Advanced Water Survival Course during graduation ceremony held at Moi Air Base on 17th May 2017.

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Advanced Water Survival Course Participants demonstrate how to carry an injured colleague using a stretcher with their full combat gear during their graduation ceremony held at Moi Air Base on 17th May 2017.

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Advanced Water Survival Course Participants demonstrate how to rescue a casualty using a pistol grip method which allows the casualty to breathe while being evacuated during graduation ceremony held at Moi Air Base on 17th May 2017.

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Advanced Water Survival Course Participant pushes a full 200 litres drum across 25m underwater during ceremony held graduation at Moi Air Base on 17th May 2017.

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Advanced Water Survival Course Participant jumps into the swimming pool with both legs tied together and jerry cans full of sand and water in both hands during graduation ceremony held at Moi Air Base on 17th May 2017.

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