I was away to attend a sea survival training course starting last Monday. The full title of the course is “Combined Sea Survival & Offshore Safety Procedures, Helicopter Underwater Escape Training with EBS and Basic Fire Fighting & Self Rescue (Basic)”.
Damn, it does sounds very ‘canggih‘ (bombastic). Well it’s not. It’s basically a course for those who would need to go to offshore to work where they would be taught basic safety procedures and theories in the class (1 and half day), a one day training in the water and another half day training for firefighting.
Now, when I say in the water and you read ‘sea’ somewhere in the first paragraph, some of you must be thinking “Wah do survival training in the sea???” Er, not in the sea but in the pool hehe…
So, what’s so fun about the course? Not much, really. If you consider jumping from a 3m platform feet first into the water, forming survivors’ circle, frolicking in the water with each other while wearing life jacket, escaping underwater from a ‘heli’ in two scenarios – crashing and submerged in the water but not capsized, crashing into the water submerged and capsized as fun, then yes it’s fun.
I love the ‘heli’ crash simulations the best. You would be strapped down in seat belts, wearing survival suit/life jacket equipped with Emergency Breathing System (EBS) which is basically the thing that helps you breathe underwater using your recycled breath. Er, yes, it is something like that. HAHA! I can’t draw shit, so I will try to describe it as simple as I can.
This ‘thing’ has a hose connected to a ‘bag’, mouth piece, nose clips and a simple valve system – where you can set it to open (where you can breathe normally, using the oxygen from the environment/outside) and closed (you breathe using the oxygen inside the ‘bag’. More about that later.) When you need to use it, you take deep breath (after putting on the mouthpiece, nose clips), put the valve in ‘closed’ position and exhale through the hose connecting to the ‘bag’ and continue breathing using your mouth.
During respiration, we would inhale in oxygen (21%) from the environment, then our body uses the oxygen for many organ activities bla bla bla and we exhale out carbon dioxide, oxygen (16%) and some craps bla bla bla. So this 16% oxygen is the one that we exhale into the bag and reuse when we are under water until it cannot be reused anymore. (16% out of 16% and 16% out of 16% dot dot dot) Clever eh?
Now, imagine sitting in the ‘heli’, when the water raising to your chin/chest, activate the EBS (this is when you can see some nervous participants, where they activate the EBS alittle bit too fast, when the water just reached their stomach lol!) then breathe underwater for at least 7 seconds before you unbuckle the seat belts and escape through the windows. This is the 1st scenario. The 2nd scenario is almost the same but with a little bit twist (literally). When the ‘heli’ hit the water and submerge in it, then it would capsize (the operator rolls the ‘heli’ in the water) and when it stops, only then you unbuckle the seat belts and escape through the window.
Erk, why am I telling you this? What with all the science craps? Damn syiok sendiri lah yours truly nyahahahahaaa!
Well, I was too busy to sit down and write something on this blog. Most of the time, I only checked the comments, new posts on friends’ blogs and the news from my mobile. There are some interesting stuffs to blog about, especially what’s in the news. For example,
A(H1N1): Yen Yen tells media to play down coverage
By LESTER KONG
KUALA LUMPUR: The media should down play reporting of the Influenza A(H1N1) virus as “energetic” coverage of the pandemic flu had greatly impacted tour booking numbers to Malaysia.
Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen said Malaysia’s major tourist markets such as China, Korea, Taiwan and Japan had experienced between a 20% and 90% drop in travel bookings to the country in the past two weeks.
Stupid no? This is the kind of people we have in our government. Brain dead ministers. Just the other day we had this one moron insisted to use swine flu instead of H1N1 so it would scare off people. Oh crap! Well, above news is Ng Yen Yen asking the media to spin it like never before, and this is probably an example of a ‘spin’.
Woman who died during childbirth a UTM dropout
JOHOR BARU: The woman who was found dead with her newborn baby at a Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) dormitory was a dropout renting a room there.
She had failed the first semester of her fourth year last November, UTM corporate affairs department assistant registrar (media and external relations) Sabri Ahmad said.
“She had been renting a room at the dorm since May 11,” he said, adding that outsiders were allowed to rent rooms at the university on a case-by-case basis.
On Monday, the unmarried woman was found dead after she had given birth to a baby boy. The infant, whose umbilical cord was still attached to his mother, was also lifeless. The bodies were discovered by a warden.
It doesn’t make any sense right? Have you ever noticed the way companies, schools, universities, organisations etc. disassociating themselves from their employers, students, graduates, members in such incidents? In a smaller scale example, perhaps some of us experienced before, where some of our ‘friends’ would feign anonymousity when bad things happened to us so they didn’t have to receive unwanted attentions. Yes, this is how they do it.
Isn’t ridiculous? I am not sure what is the current policy of UTM’s adminsitration but I can be sure when I was studying there, there was no such thing as renting out rooms to outsiders. You couldn’t even bring in your friends, relatives and families if you don’t register at the guard house. In conclusion, no OUTSIDERs are allowed in the campus area.
Now, suddenly UTM has this ‘renting rooms to the outsiders, on at ‘case-by-case’ basis policy? Weird. Why UTM would want to rent the rooms to the outsiders when many of its own students can’t even find a proper place to stay on-campus resorting to rent outside of the campus? This is a very peculiar situation, is this really true?
I smell a stinking, rotten fish. Bullshit never smells better than this. What smell you?
ps: I can’t swim. But I survived. ROTFLMAO! Thanks to the invention of life jacket.
pss: May the poor mother and her child rest in peace.