In its ongoing effort to promote the health, fitness, high morale, and wellness of the organization, the Royal Bahamas Defence Force held a swim competition on Friday, March 5, 2021, at the HMBS CORAL HARBOUR.
The Training Department has assigned the month of March 2021 to promote and aid in a healthier lifestyle which is in line with Commander Defence Force, Commodore Raymond King’s strategic vision of developing a professional and high-performance workforce focused on health and wellness of its members.
Coordinated by trained instructors of the Training Department, members of the force participated in a 500m swim relay competition, which comprised six (6) teams.
With five members on each team, they were required to complete a 100-meter lap. Emerging victorious was the Training Department’s team consisting of Leading Seamen Rodney Davis, Gharvis Sturrup, James Carey, Leading Woman Aniska Bonaby, and Able Seaman Michael Gibson. They were followed by the Engineering team, and the Commando Squadron Department, which placed third.
It is intended for the Royal Bahamas Defence to partner with law enforcement agencies and fitness gyms, along with the community to engage in fitness activities. According to Training Instructor Petty Officer Denise Oliver: “It is more than about the way you look and the food you eat. It is also about the way you feel, the quality of your life, the focus you have at work and your psychological state”.
During the month of March, the Training Department will be hosting a series of events, which include wellness seminars, healthy meal challenges, and sporting activities, which are all centered around jumpstarting the health and wellness program.
Headed by the Defence Force’s Training Officer, Lieutenant Commander Origin Deleveaux, the cadre of trained Physical Training Instructors, better known as PTI’s, play an important role in developing the health and fitness of marines and officers within the RBDF. This is very important, as physical fitness is key to ensuring that Defence Force duties can be carried out both efficiently and effectively, better enabling members to Guard Our Heritage.