The Luminox Jungle Survival Course is a programme that helps participants to overcome physical constraints and mental pressure. It is aimed to impart the Navy SEAL mantra of ‘The Only Easy Day Was Yesterday’ to participants and help them understand how each day’s challenges can make one stronger. Held at The Canopi, Bintan Indonesia, it was a gathering of 26 participants from Brunei, Malaysia and Singapore.
On Wednesday, August 15, participants were given a top secret message that revealed their mission. Each participant was spilt into 5 different groups, namely SEAL Team 6, ICE-SAR, Sea Wolves, Undersea Voyager Project and Spartan, with each team consisting of 4 members. The names were selected based on the various spokespersons, organizations or obstacle races that were associated with Luminox.
Commanding officer of Luminox Jungle Survival Course and retired Navy SEAL, Rob Roy, subsequently enforced the importance of team work, trust and leadership in each team by asking questions about each team mate, reinforcing an unspoken rule that in a Navy SEAL team, your team is your family and you have to trust your lives with each other. Every participant was also passed a Luminox watch to experience the toughness of the timepiece. They learnt how to time hack or to synchronize their time down to the seconds and used the rotating bezel of their Luminox watches for count down purposes.
At each stage of the mission, a fixed time duration was given to complete the task, simulating an environment of a military mission where time is of the essence. Participants were also given physical activities such as push ups and sprints to push their physical limits.
Navy SEALs not only need to be physically strong but they also need to use their intelligence on missions. The Luminox Jungle Survival Course incorporated this aspect by providing participants with a blind map and compass that would help them navigate through the jungle and mangrove swamp. They were also given a puzzle to solve before they began on their mission to kayak through the mangrove swamp.
The kayaking experience and river crossing mission alludes to the Navy Seals’ adaptability in all elements of Land, Air and Sea. A tough, waterproof timepiece is thus a requirement of a tool watch for the combatant. After which, teams were also expected to move not more than 6 feet apart from each member through the jungle back to the finish line.
After the final rendezvous, each team was tasked to build a make-shift shelter similar to those used in jungle survival. They were only allowed to use materials in the surrounding for their structures including using some ropes, wood and leaves.
At the end of the day, each team was allocated points where the winning team was given a certificate to commemorate their participation for the Luminox Jungle Survival Course.
On the second day, August 16, a press conference was held to share with participants more about the 3 new collections launched by Luminox in 2018 – Navy SEAL 3580 Chronograph The Only Easy Day Was Yesterday, ICE-SAR 1000 series and Deep Dive Carbonox 1550.
Having Rob Roy as commanding officer for the Luminox Jungle Survival Course was apt because when he was a Navy SEAL, he could relate to the mantra of ‘The Only Easy Day Was Yesterday’. In addition, Rob Roy was also heavily involved in Search and Rescue missions and was proficient in diving. Rob Roy also spent time sharing with participants about what it takes to become a Navy SEAL and how he had used that knowledge to develop leadership and training programmes.
He was also able to share his involvement with Luminox and how the timepiece has become a part of his Essential Gear. The sharing experience helped participants to understand the mantra of ‘The Only Easy Day was Yesterday’ as well as understand how Luminox timepieces are useful on military mission and are built for the Navy SEALs.
Navy SEALs, law enforcement, emergency personnel and more wear Luminox watches, and these professionals need to be able to see the time no matter the conditions. That’s why Luminox uses tiny tritium gas tubes, which will provide illumination for up to 25 years. Unlike other luminosity systems, which depend on exterior light sources to charge luminous paint or a pushbutton to illuminate the watch, the luminosity is built right into Luminox watches, ensuring that you will always be able to see the time, no matter the conditions.
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