RAF Akrotiri Camp 2014
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By Cadet Flight Sergeant Jamie Partovi - 1224 (Wharfedale) Squadron
I didn't expect my bid for the RAF Akrotiri camp in early 2014 to succeed, as these camps are a privilege. On top of this the camp was subsidised by Wing and so really was excellent value for money. For these reasons I was ecstatic to be informed I was to attend the ten day camp in the Mediterranean.
We arrived late and so most of the formalities had to be postponed, apart from being assigned a flight and it turned out I was the designated Flight Commander for ‘Athena Flight’.
The first day we did a familiarisation exercise to get to know the base we would be staying in. This was shortly followed be swimming tests to ensure we were able to take part in all the water activities planned. To get to know our peers we all went down to the beach and took part in various ice breakers.
FS Partovi in the cockpit of a Griffin Helicopter
The next day was a great one - Waterpark!
One of the more interesting parts of the camp was a First Aid simulation. A surprise scenario was sprung on the cadets mimicking a car accident using real trauma dummies, this was an excellent team building exercise. followed closely by a tour of the Bomb Disposal unit.
The second day took us to the water park where we spent the day.
At a local Army Barracks we spent the morning practising on their Dismounted Close Combat Trainer (DCCT) - Electronic range, as well as using their climbing wall. that evening we played sports on the beach followed closely by a delicious buffet.
FS Partovi taking on the WWO for C&E Yorks Wing at Table Football
To follow was a visit to the Dog section and the Fire Section, both very interesting. that afternoon we were allowed the opportunity to go clay pigeon shooting which was great fun, as well as a short walk down the mountain near a place called Troodos. while one half of the group were shooting the other half were taken to explore some local ancient ruins, sadly we didn't have enough time to see them all; they were massive!
We returned to the beach to go Banana Boating followed by a Barbeque.
The next day we visited the Red Arrows, and then had a boat party.
FS Partovi with one of the Red Arrows' Hawk aircraft
All in all this was an experience of a lifetime and I would recommend it to anyone considering applying for a place.
For more information please visit the Squadron website