Here is the picture of our course. The latter is on the left, leap of faith in the middle and the swing on the far right.
So we had our first group at camp last week and it was awesome! It was so cool to have kids at camp, I have really missed teaching. And even thought I was only shadowing and didn’t really teach I still got to interact with the kids in our group. There was one kid that was scared of the seaweed on his snorkel. So I had to say in four feet of water and swim with him there. But to show that you can still find cool stuff even in four feet of water we found a very small ( inch long ) California sea hare and a cool sea slug. I also had to help some kids out when their life vest were causing a rash on a long kayak trip. So it was a great intro.
After our group left on Friday afternoon the entire camp staff packed up for a camping trip and went to a beach on the back side of the island called Ben Westen. It was a beautiful sandy beach with big waves and great weather. We sat on the beach all Saturday and we went in the water, I took pictures and read. It was a great relaxing weekend. We camped on the beach for two nights and returned to camp Sunday afternoon.
Monday was a cool day, we finalized our training, we still had oceanography, technical kayaking, and tech training (aka everything you do when your not teaching, like class room prep and snorkel prep.) Those classes were fun but I’m kind of done with training lol. But we are we’re not quite done yet.
Tuesday brought the high ropes course training…. Riggghhhhttt. So learning knots and safety stuff like harvests and stuff was really cool. I feel comfortable having other people do the challenges but I didn’t like them to much. The first challenge was the latter. Imagine a wooden square. The square was lifted off the ground, about four feet, but wire cables at each corner of the square. Now imagine three more wooden squares spread above the first with an increasing width between the squares. Four people are on the squares, which are about five feet squares, and the four team members had to climb the latter the finally stand at the top. 25 feet in the air. This one was ok. I had allot of help from the people with me but I did swear allot…. I didn’t mean to but I can’t help my mouth when I’m scared. The next challenge was the leap of faith. You climb up a 30 foot telephone pole, stand at the top then leap off to try and hit a ball set away from the pole. This one was a bit more false. I’m not so keen on free fall stuff. So yeah. It took me a while to get on top of the pole and then convince myself to jump. I screamed… Again… And there were swears. But again this one was ok…. More not then yes but still ok. The last challenge was the giant swing. You get strapped in, pulled up 30 feet and then you have to pull the cable that releases you. Now I thought I could like this one. My favorite ride at the amusement park is the pirate/dragon ship thing… The giant swing. However this swing…. This was a nay nay swing….. I know swings, normal swings go weeeeee weeeeeee. This swing you go… “Pull…auuahagahaghaagahgaahagg” not ok. I dropped and fell and swung. Nope I didn’t like it! But I didn’t. Feel the fear and do it anyway!!
It has been a great couple of days.
Talk to you all soon, love u all, peace.
Well today marks the end of our official training period. Tomorrow, Wednesday, we get out first group of kids. And that means I get to shadow some older fish and finally get to start teaching. Now I might not be a rock climber, or a hiker, or a scuba diver but I am a teacher! and I know I can excel at that. And Im ready to excel at something at this job. I may be last in line on a hike and I may be last in the water but I really cant wait to show my stuff in the classroom.
I am pretty excited. Tonight though there is not much going on. We went on a 4 and a half hour hike today from camp up to the airport on Catalina. The airport is at 1603 feet elevation but i am not sure how long the hike was. And it was a pretty tough hike. It felt good and my legs are really shaky but I feel good… tired but good.
I hope everyone had a good day and I cant wait to post tomorrow after our first day with kids!! Good night all. Rest well!!!
I know that I have not posted for a few days. and I am sorry. I truly have not felt like myself these last few days. I was full of doubt, anger, and just really weird emotions about me, myself. This all started when all the new fish had to go to lifeguard training. We had to leave the island because the water is to cold and we cant do the skills in a wet suit. Well the company has a really great camp in the San Bernardino National forest. It is called Astro Camp and it is a camp for exactly what it sounds like – astronomy and physics. The camp is in a town called Idyllwild. It is a beautiful town on the mountain side with log cabins and pine trees everywhere. The problem for me was the ride to get to Idyllwild. The mountain road was curvy and spinny and a whole of false!!!! Well needless to say I got sick. and when i get motion sick I get a really bad headache and I get dizzy. I felt like crap Wednesday night and that night we had to do our lifeguard tests. That includes a 550 meter constant swim, a brick underwater retrieval and a small underwater swim. I failed, miserably, the 550 but did everything else alright. The problem was I was really upset with myself cause I failed. I also still felt like crap and it was just was not good.
My bad mood and now altitude sickness was still rampant the next few days. I was able to pass all the life-guarding and CPR skills but I was still really down on myself. I was worried, upset, scared, angry… everything. If I didnt pass this test I could not work for the company and my job would be over! Because I work with kids on a daily bases I need to be able to protect and treat/react to any problem that may or may not happen.
I really did not think I had was it took to do the test. But with a little support from my friends and help from my instructors I was able to push through and rise eight from my fallen seven. I really dont know how I did it… cause I clearly remember starting the test and after just after 2 lap being like “nope.. not happening” … but the next thing I knew I was done, tired and nearly sick, but done. I guess your body just blacks out during traumatic experiences.
lifeguard training was a real growing point for me. I failed, came back and was able to do it. I was able to climb over personal doubt and power through to realize that I can and am able to help people… kids. the ones that mean so much.
I know that this is not a super happy, or cool post with pictures of dolphins or hikes but it is a post that I need to write. I needed to figure out what was in my head so I could face it and make it mine.
I hope this makes since for you all. I hope you all can take just one thing, big or small, and face it, get over your self doubt because you can always rise up…. it might be hard but you can.
” To Fall Seven, Rise Eight”
Go rise up and in the process have an adventure… an adventure into you