Travel to trouble hot spots around the world is part of Patrick Abboud's risky job as a journalist with SBS. While Abboud is an experienced journalist, the places he visits around the globe can bring him in touch with dangerous and even life-threatening situations.
Abboud attended a rigorous one week training course at Thai Pak Chong military camp on how to survive in hostile envoironments, run by security expert Shaun Filer, according to News.com.au.
The course exposed him to scenarios that simulated real life-threatening conditions. The training he received equipped him with the skills to know how to act in certain situations such as being abducted, caught up in a riot, or being threatened by someone with a gun.
Abboud endured a gruelling fitness training regime which included sleep and food deprivation, cross-fit and classroom-based exercises.
While journalists and aid workers often found that their jobs involved them working in hostile environments, Filer pointed out that Australians are known as high-risk travellers.
Participating in a course of this kind would assist people travelling to trouble hot spots to know what to do to stay safer, Filer said.