The final component of the International Mountain Leadership Institute’s training was a swift-water rescue training led by Spencer Davis and Josh Martin, both expert certified paddlers and instructors hailing from North Carolina. Both of them donated their time to make the training happen. The training was attended by some of Ladakh’s finest established rafting companies such as Splash and Luna Ladakh, as well as those interested in joining the field. Nima and Gyaltso from Splash and Skarma and Dorjey from Luna Ladakh were in their second year and led some of the sessions. It was great watching Spencer mentor them. Next year they’ll lead even more of the training.
As the week drew to a close, the All Ladakh Tour Operators Association held a ceremony to honor the instructors and to allow government officials to watch rescue demonstrations. There were a few speeches, and then all of the instructors were honored with gifts. By all accounts, the week of first aid, rock climbing and swift-water rescue training was a huge success.