1. What is the weather like?
The characteristic features of the climate of Malaysia are tropical and uniform temperatures throughout the year with 2 distinct seasons, the “Wet” and the “Dry”.
The Wet Season occurs in the months of July through to November and brings high humidity, heavy rainfall and strong winds on a regular occasion.
The Dry Season occurs in the months of December through to April and brings clear skis and higher temperatures. Winds are generally light and rainfall is less frequent.
The months in between will bring a mix of both. With today’s world climate change we may experience dry spells or rain at any time of the year.
2. What type of meals do you have on your trips?
All meals are provided throughout the duration of the course and are prepared by the participants at each meal time. Meals are based on nutritional content and are calculated for specific age groups, activities that are being carried out and whether Malaysian or Western food is required.
Malaysian food consists of rice, fish balls, sardines, anchovies, fresh fruit and vegetables.
Western food includes pasta, sandwiches, breakfast cereals, fresh fruit and vegetables
Commonly Asked ‘Gear’ Questions
3. What does Wilderness Malaysia supply?
Wilderness Centre issues all necessary camping equipment (ruck-sacks, shelters, cooking utensils & blankets) for which there is no additional charge. However if students lose or irresponsibly damage gear, they may be expected to pay for its replacement or repair.
4. Why do I have to wear long sleeve shirts, long pants and covered shoes?
These items will protect your body from sunburn, cuts and scratches from the jungle, and animal and insect bites. All of these are big concerns in the wilderness environment. You will be required to wear long sleeves, long pants and covered shoes during all the activities on course. If you do not bring these items you will not be able to participate in the activities.
5. Why do I need a change of dry clothes?
Most days you will be doing some water activities so we advise you to bring one set of clothes that are comfortable to wear while wet, for the activity, and another to change into around camp.
6. Why a ‘Waterproof’ rain coat?
Have an effective hood that protects head. neck and face from rain and wind
Be ABSOLUTELY waterproof
Reach at least half way down your thighs
An inexpensive plastic poncho is ideal, this is like a enclosed circular cloak and can be found at most supermarkets.
7. How can I test my waterproof jacket?
To test whether a jacket is waterproof try sucking air through the jacket material. Generally if air can get through so would water. A suitable alternative such as a poncho that meets the essential criteria listed above can usually be found at most supermarkets.
8. Travelling clothes?
In addition to the clothing list, a set of clothes should be packed in a separate plastic bag to ensure there are clean clothes to travel home in. Please bring clothes in a soft bag, e.g. sports bag or duffel bag – not a suitcase.
9. What should I NOT bring?
Cigarettes, radios, mp3 players, games, extra food, hand phones, confectionery, cosmetics, or knives (flick, sheath, or pocket), tents or other specialist camping gear.
10. Why can’t I bring my hand phone?
The course is about leaving your home comforts behind and focusing on what is happening all around you. If people do not let go of their home life for the course they will not be immersed in the experience and will not gain as much from the course. In the case of an emergency your family member can leave a message for you at the WCSB office on 04-966 8000.
11. How much money should I bring?
Large sums of money should not be brought. However, students may have the opportunity to buy food and drink on the way to or from the course.
Frequently Asked Questions by Parents
12. Will it be a problem on the water if my child is not a strong swimmer?
NO! Weak or non-swimmers will be paired up with a more competent participant or the accompanying teacher. We have a compulsory water confidence activity to assess each swimming ability prior to commencement of the activity. All instructors are trained in rescue techniques, so your child will be safely cared for. All participants are required to wear a PFD (personal floatation device), at all times.
13. Do boys and girls share the same shelters / tents?
NO! At no stage do boys and girls share shelters / tents and the trainers/ accompanying teachers monitor very closely. They will however be sharing team roles and working together closely throughout the day
14. What happens if I need to get a message to my child on course?
You can phone our office in Langkawi, (04 966 8000) and the message can be relayed to the trainer. This is only for emergency situations.
15. What happens if my child has an injury on course?
All trainer are medically trained with a nationally accredited Urban First Aid qualification and an in house Wilderness First Aid. We have a comprehensive safety network, which includes staff, vehicles and boats that are accessible 24 hours a day throughout course for assistance in the event of an emergency. All trainers carry a complete first aid kit, which can be replenished throughout the course. All parents will be notified of any reportable injuries during course and if further medical treatment is required. The child may need to rest at base camp or be taken to the nearest doctor if required.
16. My child is a vegetarian, are they catered for?
YES! Please use the medical Declaration form to inform us of any dietary requirements that your child may have. If a food allergy or specific food e.g. Gluten free, you may be required to supply your own supplement food in this case.
17. Do they have showers? How do participants wash?
There are no showers throughout the course, participants will often be involved in water activities giving them a chance to get wet and clean, but no soap or shampoo products can be used as they will pollute our waterways. Strict hygiene practices are followed throughout course, including hand-washing facilities with disinfectant. There will be an opportunity for them to shower on the final day of the program before heading home.