We’re proud to announce the latest addition to Team Re-Claim, a pocket-rocket who dominates by both land and sea, Penang’s Siti Nursara.
If it’s extreme, she loves it. When she’s not beneath the surface teaching hundreds of people how to scuba dive as a professional dive instructor, she’s up the wall at her local rock climbing centre taking on the boys, pushing, reaching and climbing higher.
And with Re-Claim providing cover for extreme sports and activities — 24/7, worldwide — we’re glad Sara is on board to share her scuba diving and rock climbing experience.
Sara has been a diving instructor with Scuba Diving International since 2012. In that time, she has seen many accidents and is passionate about teaching diving safety.
“Scuba diving safety is very important as you are underwater and the risks are higher. The first rule is you have to keep breathing, never hold your breath. Also make sure you follow your dive leader, check your equipment and your buddy’s equipment and do not ascend too fast.”
Unfortunately, Sara has seen many mistakes in her career and says that is when accidents happen.
“People need to be careful and very aware while they are underwater. Accidents can happen quite easily. It’s good though there is a product like Re-Claim that can support scuba divers should something go wrong.”
Far away from the depths of the ocean, Sara spends most of her time rock climbing. She trains to improve her skills and to stay fit at the same time.
But it’s the competition that she really loves.
“I love rock climbing for the competition. When you ascend or the reach top without rope tied by belayer, that feeling that you’ve won, that feeling of success, it’s amazing. I also like to compete with the guys. It’s great motivation. I look how hard they train and I want to be at their level and beat them.”
Wow, what an attitude! We’re so excited to partner with Sara for the next year.
Stay tuned for more cool rock climbing and scuba diving tips with Siti Nursara via Facebook & Instagram over the next few weeks.
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With Re-Claim providing 24-hour, worldwide cover on Scuba Diving accidents, we thought we’d help you along on your adventure with our Top 5 Scuba Diving destinations in Malaysia.
A beautiful island on the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia off the mainland of Johor Bahru. Highlights include diving along 15 metre whale sharks between the peak months of April and June. The dive sites are mostly open to divers of all levels and the best times of year are between March and May and September and November.
A cluster of islands on the east coast of Malaysia known for wreck diving and easier dive locations. Sugar Wreck is the best place to get up close and personal with the gigantic grouper fish. The 90 metre sunken sugar hauler has been underwater since 2000 and is home to larger pelagic fish who have created an ecosystem of their own. Also recommended is Terumbu Tiga or Third Reef which is ideal for spotting black tip reef sharks. The best diving periods are between April and October every year.
One of the hottest diving spots on the island of Borneo off the coast of Sabah. The diving conditions can get tough here so it is advisable to have some hours of diving under your belt before you attempt some of the tougher spots. However, most of the island is perfect for diving all year round. The journey from Sandakan to Lankayan is pretty long but well worth it. There’s only one resort on the island, so make sure to book in advance. Famous for hawksbill turtles and giant green turtles as well as the giant jawfish, a unique ambush predator that digs a hole and lies in wait for unsuspecting prey.
Beautiful schools of fish in Lankayan
A perfect muck diving location off the coast of Sabah. Here you’ll find a plethora of small non-pelagic species like the nudibranch, a beautiful sea slug that is endemic to Mabul. Crocodile Avenue is the perfect place to spot the bizarre frog fish which can walk on their legs as well as the deadly blue ring octopus. The diving spots are accessible all year round and are generally safe for all levels of divers.
Shallow Reef on Mabul Island
The crown jewel of Malaysian dive spots and perhaps the world. This Sabahan island is perhaps the closest we can get to an underwater paradise. The dive conditions are beautiful all year round and are generally easy dives, but some of the cave diving spots and open sea sites are for experts only and require a guide. Perhaps one of the best cave diving spots in Malaysia is Turtle Cavern, a unique labyrinth littered with hundreds of turtle skeletons.
A divers haven on Sipadan Island
Re-Claim provides cover for hospitalisation, access to decompression chamber and extended cover on rehabilitation if you have an accident while diving.
Read our blog Scuba Diving and Decompression Illness: How do I recover? to learn more.
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**Re-Claim does not cover commercial divers. We do cover qualified divers, those diving for leisure and those who stick to the depth limits of their qualification or unqualified divers accompanied by a qualified dive instructor up to the depth of 18 metres.
Decompression Illness, also known as divers’ disease or the bends, can be fatal if not treated properly.
Luckily, the team at Re-Claim has your back and covers divers accompanied by a qualified diver or qualified divers diving for the purpose of leisure** in the event they require emergency recompression treatment.
Here’s a quick run-down of what decompression Illness is, what to look out for and how to treat it. Dive easy with Re-Claim!
What is Decompression Illness
Decompression Illness (DCI) is arguably the greatest risk posed to a diver and occurs as the gas in our bodies reacts to increasing atmospheric pressure as you dive deeper underwater.
The gasses in the body adjusts to the increase in pressure by compacting in liquid form within the tissues in your body.
Much like a can of cola that erupts to the change in pressure when opened, a diver who ascends back into low atmospheric pressure too quickly can force these packed liquid gasses into gaseous form and into the bloodstream, causing bubbles that block the blood vessels.
To stop this, divers must make frequent decompression stops at different points during their ascent to allow the compressed gasses the time and conditions to diffuse safely.
Sometimes though, a diver does not complete this process correctly and begins to show symptoms of decompression sickness after surfacing.
Symptoms of DCI Decompression Illness:
Weakness or numbness in limbs
Sharp pain in joints or muscles
Poor balance or coordination
Whole or partial paralysis
All symptoms require immediate medical attention and possible intervention. Any unusual symptoms that present post-dive should also be considered symptoms of DCI and treated accordingly.
While treatments such as 100 per cent oxygen and rest can be enough to eradicate minor symptoms, the only way to combat the debilitating and potentially fatal effects of severe DCI is through recompression.
Divers making their safety stops
How recompression works?
Re-exposing a Decompression Illness sufferer to the atmospheric pressures found underwater converts the gaseous bubbles back into their liquid form.
The safest way to achieve this recompression is through the use of a hyperbaric chamber. By pressurising the chamber and delivering 100 per cent oxygen to the individual, symptoms of Decompression Illness and their underlying causes can be treated and any further damage contained.
The importance of these chambers in the treatment and rehabilitation of Decompression Illness can’t be overstated. Without the use of such a facility, recompression would have to be done manually.
This method is extremely difficult to predict and control and since the treatment may take several hours, it can also prove to be extremely dangerous for the DCI sufferer.
So what does this mean for you?
While the statistical risk of developing serious symptoms of Decompression Illness is relatively low (around 0.05 per cent), it is important to understand the medical options available to you, as well as the need for timely response in the treatment of Decompression Illness.
Having access to a hyperbaric chamber is your number one priority in the case of a severe medical emergency.
Contacting Dive Alert Network (DAN) on +1-919-684-2948 or via http://www.diversalertnetwork.org is your first port of call when trying to find the closest decompression chamber.
With Re-Claim, we can also help you access this treatment, putting you in touch with one of our panel hospitals here in Malaysia who has a hyperbaric chamber.
Without insurance, hyperbaric treatment can cost around RM25,000, but with Re-Claim’s Sports Accident Insurance policy, the only thing you have to worry about is getting back to your best.
Watch our 2 min presentation on Re-Claim at www.re-claim.com and sign up today!
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**Re-Claim does not cover commercial divers. We do cover qualified divers, diving for leisure and who stick the the depth limits of their qualification or unqualified divers accompanied by a qualified dive instructor up to the depth of 18 metres.
If you want the perfect athlete to inspire you to achieve greatness, look no further than Michael Phelps. As the single greatest Olympian of all-time, Phelps has proven himself time again as the prototype for excellence and longevity.
Only last week, the 18-time gold medallist competed at his fifth US Olympic trials — a remarkable feat in itself given he first did this as a 15-year-old way back in 2000 — qualifying for the 100m butterfly, 200m butterfly and 200m individual medley.
Sure, a bit of natural ability along the way helps, but to be at the peak of his game for over a decade is no fluke. We take a look at what makes Michael Phelps so great.
At Beijing in 2008, he set the record for the most individual golds in a single Olympics and this year, after announcing his retirement to the world following another bag of medals in London 2012, Phelps is back in the pool as a 31-year-old and on track for his fifth Olympic Games.
Phelps’ success is due in equal parts to his incredible natural swimming ability and his tutored knowledge of how to manage workload and avoid injury. In such a demanding sport as swimming, where athletes start training as children, overuse injuries coupled with general wear and tear can often be the end of a promising career.
As a result, his incredible 16-year Olympic run with minimal layoffs, barring a few out-of-pool indiscretions, stands as the platform to which he has built his achievements on.
The architect behind his dominance is Phelps’ coach Bob Bowman. Working together since Phelps was 10, Bowman was able to re-focus a young Phelps — who was recently diagnosed with ADHD — tailoring his training program to engage and excite him and tap into the natural competitive streak in him.
As Phelps developed into a young swimmer of extraordinary potential, Bowman managed his client’s workload to perfection: a deep professional understanding of the coaching craft helping him to pinpoint key areas of Phelps’ technique and strategy that needed work, while balancing Phelps’ fierce desire to improve against the risk of injury.
But as Phelps grew, improved and started dominating, what stopped him from burning out or breaking down?
Well, luck mainly, but by meticulously planning his training schedule and setting his sights on long-term goals, Phelps was able to avoid the common “too much, too soon” injuries often seen in the weekend warrior or semi-professional.
He equipped himself with the skills and mindset to be constantly improving and had a mentor by his side that was able to shred his technique to bits, ensuring there was no mechanical faults that could haunt him going forward.
When injury did strike, as it eventually does for everyone, it came in the form of strains and sprains that could be managed without losing overall fitness and never saw him miss more than one important meet at any given time.
Even now as Phelps prepares for his fifth and final Olympics, he is under the watchful eye of Bowman and is working “smart” to ensure the only thing that could stop him from collecting an even greater slice of history in Rio is someone who can beat him at his best.
So, what can we learn from this world-beating phenom? Here’s five Phelps-inspired lessons to help you achieve your sporting goals.
Commit to the long-haul and don’t expect results overnight
Surround yourself with good motivators and mentors to help you stay focussed
If something is wrong, be open to criticism and fix it before it breaks you
Believe in yourself
Love the journey
Watch the Rio Olympics this August for the ultimate inspiration to reach your sporting goals.
We are Re-Claim, Malaysia’s next-level, comprehensive sports accident insurance plan and we cover all hard-core fitness and sports enthusiasts — people like Phelps who know their limits and go beyond them.
Check in with your current insurance provider to see what you are covered for, so you never get that rude surprise if something goes wrong.
Watch our 2-minute video on Re-Claim at www.re-claim.com for more information on our unique Re-Claim benefits.
Imagine being mauled by a two-metre shark while overseas and then being required to fund your own transfer and treatment to a specialist hospital in another country?
Meet American surfer, and shark attack survivor Ryan Boarman who was attacked while surfing in Bali on April 25.
Boarman was admitted to a local hospital in the west of Bali after “suffering a 360-degree laceration around the elbow, with the shark biting, pulling off and shearing away at least eight muscles and tendons and injuring one nerve and one ligament”, media reports say.
Following emergency surgery, he was transferred to a larger hospital in the Balinese capital of Denpasar. Boarman was then advised to travel to Singapore to be evaluated by specialists at Raffles Hospital to see if he required further surgery.
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The only problem — he was told he had to fund the medical evacuation himself.
This is where he wished he had Re-Claim.
Without a sports accident insurance plan, Boarman — via the assistance of the family — set up a GoFundMe campaign to raise the US$35, 000 needed to cover the transfer expenses to Singapore and to cover any medical expenses not covered by his ‘Other Insurances’.
Boarman’s father, Dr Bill Boarman, a wildlife research scientist, told media on May 4, “It’s still not clear on what it’s (the US$35,000) going to cover. Usually, they (insurance companies) don’t cover transport. Usually they will cover medical expenses, but they haven’t told us if they’re going to. And other associated recovery expenses won’t be covered. So the campaign will help with transport here and all the way home,” he said.
What a pain!
If he was with Re-Claim, Boarman would have received emergency evacuation and repatriation back home once he had been given the all clear by doctors. He would have also been covered for his treatment.
At Re-Claim, we work with your ‘Other Insurances’ and pay when your standard medical cover stops paying — topping up your excess so, in a circumstance like Boarman’s, you can undergo surgery in Singapore without worrying about additional costs.
Boarman had one more surgery under the watchful eye of orthopaedic surgeon Dr Lim Yeow Wai on April 29 and is now back home in San Diego where he will continue his rehabilitation. While it’s a long road to recovery, he only has to look at fellow surfer Bethany Hamilton for a bit of inspiration.
At just 13, Hamilton lost her arm — and a shocking 60 per cent of the blood in her body — when she was attacked by a shark while surfing off the coast of Kauai in Hawaii. Incredibly, she survived the attack.
Despite her injuries, Hamilton didn’t give up on her surfing dreams and started competing professionally four years later. In 2010, she was ranked in the top 20 female surfers in the world and won the 2014 Surf ‘n’ Sea Pipeline Women’s Pro.
It’s proof that true athletes will do anything they can to get back into action.
Re-Claim is Malaysia’s next-level, comprehensive sports accident insurance plan designed for all hard-core fitness and sports enthusiasts — people who know their limits and go beyond them.
You will see upfront what we cover and what we don’t, so you’ll never get that rude surprise when a sports accident like Hamilton’s or Boarman’s happens.
Watch our 2 min presentation on Re-Claim at www.re-claim.com for more information on our unique Re-Claim benefits including evacuation and overseas treatment for sports injuries and accidents.
Also check our FAQ section so you’ll never be in the dark about Re-Claim.
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Swimming or Is Training Underwater the Future?
Most trainers would say that swimming is the single best full body workout. We’re seeing the pool differently these days… and it’s looking more like an all-in-one fitness centre. If you’re a fitness enthusiast searching for a fresh new challenge, an athlete looking for a competitive edge or you struggle with simple daily movements — the water offers more. Experience less gravity, cleaner coordination, consistent resistance, less pain and natural compression. The ‘Speedo Fit’ program is “all about the benefits of water for sustainable high performance.” “But it doesn’t just make all athletes better. It makes humans better.”“But it doesn’t just make all athletes better. It makes humans better.”
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Swimming or Is Training Underwater the Future?
Official Press release courtesy Speedo USA.
SPEEDO USA, a division of PVH Corp., today announced the launch of the first phase of a new total body aquatic training program, Speedo FIT, ushering in the next evolution of fitness. Created in partnership with EXOS, the global leader in human performance, Speedo FIT is a platform designed to inspire and equip athletes at all levels to explore the unique science and power of training in the water.
“Speedo USA is looking at the water a bit differently these days; it’s an all-in-one fitness center that offers more benefits than the land,” said Jim Gerson, President of Speedo USA. “It’s no secret that swimming is one of the best full body workouts, but this water training goes beyond swimming laps, shifting the workout from purely horizontal to vertical, including cardio, resistance, weight-lifting and stretching. As we advocate this new training environment, we are using our expertise and medal winning performance in the water to provide the best quality and comfort in aquatic training apparel and gear, backed by a regimen developed in partnership with EXOS, to make training in the water both challenging and accessible.”
In partnership with EXOS, Speedo USA used a science-based approach to identify the key benefits of water to design specific water training techniques. The workouts complement land-based routines and allow for customization based on fitness goals including Power, Endurance and Recovery. The comprehensive Speedo FIT program is available at www.speedousa.com/speedofit, including information on the five major benefits of water; more than 60 training and swim tip videos, and Speedo USA’s innovative assortment of fitness suits and water training gear.
“EXOS has relied heavily on aquatic training to fulfill our responsibility in helping the best get better,” said Mark Verstegen, founder and president of EXOS. “Immersing our clients in aquatic training environments has given them a competitive advantage by improving their performance. We’re excited that Speedo, the global aquatic leader, is committed to sharing this training platform with athletes of all backgrounds who will benefit from high-intensity training programs proven to decrease pain and elevate performance.”
In addition to the partnership with EXOS, Speedo USA is teaming up with legendary waterman and surfing legend, Laird Hamilton. Hamilton has spent his life as a passionate advocate of water-based training, and his expertise is regularly featured in national fitness publications. Additionally, his innovation within this environment makes him a credible collaborator to work alongside Speedo USA on future hard goods training products and accessories essential for a complete aquatic workout.
“I am excited to partner with Speedo USA, a brand that has been committed to water-based activities longer than I have,” said Laird Hamilton. “The opportunity to join forces with a company that is looking for ways to have people enjoy and function better in the water couldn’t feel more natural and I am eager to share with them all I know and have learned about the water as an everyday training environment.”
As part of the launch of Speedo FIT, Speedo USA will introduce a 360 advertising and marketing campaign, including a 60-second TV commercial to motivate consumers to #GetSpeedoFit. Featuring five of Team Speedo’s elite Olympic athletes – Ryan Lochte, Missy Franklin, Natalie Coughlin, Nathan Adrian and Cullen Jones – the spot highlights a variety of exercises that can be done in water to inspire all athletes to embrace the power of the water.
The spot will run digitally beginning in April before it airs nationally this summer. Speedo FIT will be supported through a dedicated page on SpeedoUSA.com and featured across all social channels, at activations nationwide and in select retail stores. In addition, Speedo USA is engaging its roster of Team Speedo athletes and coaches to drive awareness of the benefits of water and water-based training, as well as focus groups with some of the top trainers in the country. When exposed to Speedo FIT one professional trainer commented, “You created a new modality…its’ like you’d be doing all these (things) outside of the pool. Now (you) can do it inside.”
There’s fit, and now there’s Speedo FIT.