In Grade 9 our class was given the opportunity to visit Phuket in Thailand. During the visit we were able to experience the culture of Thailand, and try many different activities. One of the most interesting activities that we participated in was snorkeling in the beautiful Thai oceans.
The purpose of this snorkeling trip was to learn about marine life, and how our society has affected the life in the ocean. It was also an excursion that challenged our physical skills in a new situation. For me, this snorkeling trip was a great undertaking. This adventure brought me outside of my comfort zone, and encouraged me to take new risks. As we started out I was determined to learn about the oceans of Thailand, and experience snorkeling. When we reached the location that we would be snorkeling at, I was both amazed and apprehensive. The view of the ocean was stunning, and I could not wait to begin the excursion off the boat.
While being impressed, I was also worried about going into the ocean. Although I can swim, I was new to snorkeling, and it was not one of my strengths. Jumping into the water was probably the most difficult part for me. As soon as I was in the water it soon became easier for me to orient myself in this new situation. We then proceed to explore the ocean floor and see different type of coral. Our group was able to see the affects of pollution on the coral, and how our population has impacted life in the ocean. Later on, we also snorkeled in another sheltered section where we were able to see coral that had been less affected by pollution. This experience was very challenging for me, because we swam a lot, and this took a large toll on me, physically. I had to mentally prepare myself to continue swimming, while also managing my snorkeling technique. By the end of the trip I was exhausted, and hardly had any energy left. It was also a great time for me to reflect upon how this experience had challenged me, and forced me to take risks.
At the end of this experience, I was satisfied, because I was able to learn new skills and step outside my comfort zone. Snorkeling was an especially difficult experience for me, and it required me to develop new skills such as being able to breathe correctly using the snorkeling tube, and using the correct swimming technique to efficiently travel through the water. Although this trip was challenging, I was able to stay upbeat through my friends and peers. As this was a new experience for many of us, it was comforting to have and give encouragement to my peers. We constantly inspired eachother to persevere. During this trip I was able to take new risks. This gave me an opportunity to view the benefits of taking risks and stepping out of my comfort zone. In the future, I think that I will be more willing to take risks, and try out new things, after this positive risk taking experience. This trip has given me the chance to become more outgoing in unfamiliar situations. Before this trip I didn’t feel confident snorkeling, and using the appropriate techniques. Afterwards, I felt much more confident snorkeling, as well as improving my swimming techniques.
In the future I would like to complete another snorkeling trip, to improve my skills more. After the snorkeling trip, I became curious about water sports such as snorkeling and scuba diving. I think that this trip was a very successful adventure for me, because I was able to become more confident while snorkeling, experience a new environment and learn to take risks. Overall, this trip really helped me develop new skills and encouraged me to be bold when stepping into new circumstances.