As you know, I AM WATER and ClemenGold have partnered to do everything we can to love and protect our big blue ocean! From sharing life changing ocean experiences to beach cleanups and advocating for healthy oceans.
On the way out to North Rock the young people in the boat started to wonder why they had come. Despite having lived on an Island their whole lives, most of them had never been out of sight of land. They were nervous and spent the ride worrying about currents,sharks, the weather, and the depth of the ocean.
“I’m not getting in,” most of them decided on the ride, but once they get toNorth Rock there was no question of getting in. Into the water they leaped. “Whoa! It’s really pretty!” one child said looking down into the water with amazement. Another said: “Wow.Look there’s a blue headed wrasse and its wives. There’s a parrot fish!”
The children were part of the new Kids on the Reef programme, and their wonder and excitement was exactly what the programme was about. Kids on the Reef, funded by Catlin Bermuda, is aimed at young people who would not normally have the chance to experience Bermuda’s outer reefs. It was done in conjunction with the Bermuda Zoological Society (BZS). The programme’s instructor was South African freediving champion Hanli Prinsloo.
“I love seeing the journey that happens from fear to joy,” said Ms Prinsloo. “That is something you carry with you in life. Once you overcome something you feared you start asking what else do you fear,and what else can you overcome. That is what is so valuable with these experiences where fear is overcome because you are never the same again.We have seen their confidence growing so much. That is phenomenal.Water and the ocean has that power to deliver transformational experiences.”
(Originally published in the Bermuda Royal Gazette. Keep reading for the whole story of a JOURNEY FROM FEAR TO JOY!)
Lately I have come to realise that I do not want to be part of the world view of every man being an island, of at the end of the day it’s you against the world, of no matter what keep pushing you can do it. It doesn’t have to be this way.
This weekend these thoughts swirled around in my head as we set up to celebrate World Oceans Day on the KZN South Coast. Together with Karen from the EWT, I AM WATER organised a day of freediving where every meter freedived raised funds for the Mozambican Dugongs.
This same weekend our nations’ father was taken back into hospital for his recurring lung infection… these are my feelings from this weekend of breathing: