Soneva Namoona hosts Leaders of the Ocean Camp 

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Soneva Namoona, in collaboration with Maldives Swimming and Life Saving Skills Training School, held a ten-day Leaders of the Ocean Camp in Baa. Kihaadhoo, aimed towards training swimming instructors and empowering ocean stewards.

Some 18 participants from 11 islands from Noonu (Holhudhoo, Magoodhoo, Maafaru, Kudafari), Baa (Kendhoo, Kamadhoo, Kudarikilu,  Kihaadhoo, Dharavandhoo and Maalhos) and Haa Dhaalu (Makunudhoo) took part in the camp, and had the opportunity to earn a National Level 2 Swimming and Water Aerobics Instructor License.

According to Soneva Namoona, the Leaders of the Ocean Camp curriculum blended experiential learning with a strong focus on leadership development. Participants engaged in a wide range of activities ranging from leadership workshops, zero waste education, survival skills training, fire awareness, water aerobics and program development.

The participants had the opportunity to take the required exams for the Swimming and Water Aerobics license at the camp, and will be completing 45 experience hours upon returning to their islands in order to receive their certification.

“Being a part of the Leaders of the Ocean Camp has been an incredible journey. It’s not just about learning ocean skills; it’s also about forming connections and gaining a deeper understanding of our environment. This experience has ignited a sense of responsibility and leadership within me, and I’m excited to take back what I’ve learned to my island and nurture responsible oceangoing in my community” said Ali Najih, 23, participant from B.Kihaadhoo.  

The Leaders of the Ocean Camp is the latest of Soneva Namoona-led programmes in local islands geared towards building technical capacity and instilling ocean stewardship in young individuals. Over the past two years, 700 young people have improved their water confidence with the help of 22 Swimming and Water Rescue Instructors trained through this programme.

“We are immensely proud to witness the personal growth from all the participants of the Leaders of the Ocean Camp. We believe that the knowledge and values imparted during this camp will contribute to a greener and a more sustainable future for our island communities” said Azhoora Ahmed, Soneva Namoona INSPIRE Manager.