Seafarers know that there’s nothing more brutal than tempting the sea. I was advised to keep the mad ideas aside for 3 days and focus on what I might encounter at sea.
I signed up for NAMAC’s Personal Safety Techniques course that should in all likelihood keep my head above water. 3 days later, I’ve walked out with a good understanding of what to expect out there, and some quick insights on what to do if I come across the unexpected.
However, there were some gems that went like –
Me: So, sir, if I were to encounter a shark. What should I do?
Naval looking instructor: See. Shark is a fish. If it smells your blood, it will come. And it will suck your blood.
Naval looking instructor: See. It won’t bite you. It will suck your blood. And it will leave.
Needless to say, I called it a day after that. [Jaws.Twilight.]
The practical training was quite a bit of fun. And jumping from 4.5 metres into a pool and ferrying people using just the one hand makes for a highly successful day.
We had a good bit of fun over 3 days, and the chaps headed to the next level were a good crowd.
To say I’ve always been in sports is to call a shark a fish. I dabbled in a host of sports (still do) and was sports captain at school, vice-captain of the football team at Junior school. In 2009 I graduated from IIT Delhi and shortly after I took up kayaking. In 2012 at a national championship for Dragon Boat racing, I got selected for the national team to go to the Asian Championship in Thailand. In our maiden tournament we won 6 silver medals and 3 bronze.
The national anthem plays for the country that wins gold, standing on the podium awaiting silver, it hurt us deeply not hearing it, .
Subsequently I focussed on kayaking as a solo sport. A year later, I found myself in Thailand again, but this time for the Asian Sea Kayaking tournament. I represented India in the 13km race and finished 5th overall.
The mission here is simple. Promote sports.
I’ve been lucky to take up sailing, archery, football, rugby, swimming, and track. And it’s taken me ages to find a sport that I truly excel at. There are many out there that are far from it.