River Guards in Cambodia refine skills as result of Navigation Training Course
The trainings consisted of presentations focusing on the more theoretical lessons mixed with hands-on training where river guards could apply their skills. In particular, the portion of the training on navigation skills concentrated on understanding map symbols and scales, and using both compasses and GPS units correctly. In the afternoon, a review of the SMART program helped the river guards understand how to report data according to the system’s software. Finally, the section on RBDC focused on instructing the guards how to fill out the forms efficiently and correctly.
A total of 65 river guards were in attendance and overall these trainings were considered an effective approach to elevating their skills. By meeting together in person, participants were able to practice with the actual equipment and receive more feedback due to their work in small groups. Given the success of these trainings, it was recommended that further training courses be held for the River Guards who have been transferred to Fisheries Administration from the former Dolphin Commission.