Born in Penang in 1978, but grew up in Lumut, has always been involved in sports and outdoor activities, due to the influence from his dad as a naval officer. This active lifestyle continued but got a little more serious in his early 20’s where he started freelancing by guiding participants on local trails, and assisting numerous programs for an outdoor company. In 2003, Chadel worked in Langakawi as an outdoor trainer in one of Malaysia’s largest outdoor education provider, and had his first formal training by instructors from Outward Bound Australia. This was a turning point in his life, where he had found a career path that he would be passionately involved for a very long time. This led on to more opportunities working as a river guide and eventually, a program coordinator training police and Bomba on recreational outdoor skills for an Australian company based in Malaysia.
By July 2007, Chadel receive his Bronze Instructor Award (Lifesaving), and continued on his outdoor education in New Zealand, volunteering and learning in several outdoor organizations like Sir Edmund Hillary’s Outdoor Pursuits Centre and New Zealand Kayak School. He eventually got married there before coming back to Malaysia. Back home he was working for AJ Hackett KL as the Operations Manager, but had a dream that he always wanted to fulfill, to be a NOLS instructor. Soon he set off to the states, spent 32 days in the Rocky Mountains and came out as a NOLS instructor. Chadel also became a certified Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician from WMI (Wilderness Medicine Institute of NOLS) before coming back home.
Currently, Chadel is a full-time outdoor leader, leading and facilitating adventure based programs for multiple clients in Malaysia. When he is not leading programs, he works closely with smaller groups on specialized trips and tours in and around Kuala Lumpur.
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Chadel also loves collecting comics and action figures, watching animated & feature films, photography, playing the guitar, and having a Ramli burger after midnight!
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