NDMO officials complete sealegs amphibious boat training

Participants go through a mock exercise during the Training on Sealegs Amphbious Boats in waters near Nukulau Island. Picture: JONA KONATACI

THE training on sealegs amphibious boats ended on Nukulau Island yesterday.

About 25 participating officials from the National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) took part in the week-long training that was designed to help officers obtain technical and maintenance knowledge on the boats.

The training was conducted by representatives from the New Zealand Coast Guard and Maritime New Zealand.

NDMO technical advisor Gary Frost said there were participants from each division with one sealeg boat allocated for each division.

“What we wanted to do with the participants was to spend a week doing both trainings. We did man-overboard drills, search and rescue and plus conducting travels in and out of Rewa River and Nasilai beach,” Mr Frost said.

New Zealand High Commission Counsellor (Development) Fiji Bilateral and Pacific Regional Jonathan Rowe said they were looking at establishing the program and expanding it to the rest of the Pacific region.

Each sealeg boat cost around NZ$200,000(F$291,902) and the badge worth NZ$600,000 (F$875,000).