Kalompo-Nashikaku opens police diving course at Lake Otjikoto

LAKE OTJIKOTO: Namibian Police Force (NamPol) Oshikoto Regional Commander, Theopoline Kalompo-Nashikaku has encouraged police officers to remain mentally and physically fit, so as to confront the challenges of this world head-on.

Kalompo-Nashikaku during the official opening of a five-week Diving Training Course 1, for police officers on Monday at Lake Otjikoto near Tsumeb, said the officers should take proper care of their social life and habits as they are expected to dive in very dark waters with little visibility, as well as in very dangerous places such as caves, dams, and the ocean.

She said that by investing in specialised training such as the diving course, they will reaffirm their commitment to staying at the forefront of law enforcement practices, ensuring that they are prepared for any situation that may arise.

Kalompo-Nashikaku called on the 15 officers participating in the course to take it seriously by committing to all activities of the course, demonstrating a high standard of discipline at
all times, listening very attentively, and paying attention to their instructors to prevent any accidents or eventualities.

Diving instructor at Orbit Technology Holdings, Ingo Hasse, who is facilitating the course said the skills acquired will equip the officers to be safe divers when they fulfil their duties back at their stations.

The intensive programme, he said will cover swimming and water training, before proceeding with diving.

Hasse said that he would transfer his knowledge of safe diving to the police officers even though diving is quite a complicated technical aspect of basically doing safe diving in any environment.

‘I will supervise and do the qualification with the help of existing NamPol divers, and we will start with the practical test at Lake Otjikoto and then go to the Erongo Region for some sea diving and thereafter lake diving in the vicinity of Rehoboth,’ said Hasse.

Source: The Namibia Press Agency