Forest personnel join scuba diving training
The forest personnel of Bhitarkanika National Park have a unique experience of learning scuba diving from an international acclaimed scuba diver Subir Bux near Ramchandi in the Bay of Bangal.
The training will help these officials in capacity building, exploring marine fauna and flora in the coastal belt within Gahirmatha Marine sanctuary, Divisional Forest officer Manoj Mohapatra said.
He said as many as 21 forest personnel working under Bhitarkanika National Park were trained by the scuba diver so that they would use the skill to save thems elves and others while in deep sea during patrolling round the year Mr Mohapatra said international scuba diver Subir Bux quickly responded to his request to train the forest personnel in scuba diving. A camp was set up near Ramchandi to train the forest personnel who were divided in three groups and trained for a week Mr Bux had earlier trained 20 personnel of National Disaster Response Force(NDRF)at the Kalinga Stadium Swimming pool. He has been approached by the Ministry of Home to impart scuba diving training to 300 more NDRF personnel.