During our holiday, we had such beautiful summer weather that we spent most days at the beach!
One of our favourite spots in the Walpole and Denmark area is Greens Pool, in the Williams Bay National Park. Heck, the place is so beautiful, I think it is everyone’s favourite spot.
We’ve been there a few times to hang out and swim, but this time we wanted to do something different. We wanted to go snorkelling with the kids.
We’ve taken them a few times in the past. But they’ve never really liked it. They always get cold really quickly (within 10 minutes!) and then they spend the rest of the day shivering under a towel on the beach.
So this time we bought them some wetsuits hoping they’d have a better time in the water (these are actually called Spring Suits which I bought for $50 each).
Unfortunately the ocean was SO COLD they only lasted about 30 minutes in the water.
(It was the Southern Ocean after all, between Australia and Antartica!)
Plus there wasn’t that much to see underwater. A few fish and lots of sand and seaweed.
As for me, I waded into the water and – yep – even I was surprised by how cold the water was.
I was really, really, REALLY reluctant to put on my wetsuit and go for a snorkel too.
I had so many reasons not to do it: the water was bloody freezing, the kids were already out of the water and wrapped up in their towels, there was no coral to see, I’ve seen seaweed before, I was feeling hungry, it was almost lunch time and I’d have to help make some sandwiches, I didn’t have my fins, mask or snorkel, I’d have to borrow the kid’s set, the beach and sand was so lovely and warm, PLUS I haven’t worn my wetsuit in about 8 years… maybe it didn’t fit me anymore, as neoprene tends to shrink and harden when not used often.
But in the end, I thought OMG KAREN, WILL YOU JUST LIVE A LITTLE?!
So I grabbed my wetsuit and I literally had to squeeze myself into it.
It was soooooooo tight. When I grabbed a bunch of fabric at my leg and pulled, I broke two fingernails, because that’s how hard I had to grip and pull! I got a bit sweaty and flustered trying to put it on, it felt like it was suffocating me and I was getting a bit claustrophobic and dizzy. My collar was so tight on my neck that it felt like there were fingers squeezing at my throat.
I don’t mean to be so dramatic, but it was pretty uncomfortable and I was about to give up.
But the water was calling me, so I grabbed a mask and jumped in without much thought.
Icy water rushed into my suit and I squealed EEEEEEEEPPPPPPPPP!
But oh my gosh! I INSTANTLY LOVED IT!
My suit made me very buoyant, it kept me super warm, it seemed to stretch in the water and I didn’t feel suffocated at all, I felt like I was wrapped up with a soft, fleecy tracksuit (in terms of warmth and comfort) and I ended up swimming in the ocean for about 2 hours that day – which is just unheard of for me.
I bobbed up and down in the water and I wanted to burst from happiness. I floated on my back and looked up to the sky, and every thing around me was blue blue blue, aqua blue, ocean blue, dark blue, green blue, sky blue, light blue, blue blue blue. It was just such a thrilling experience for me.
My main thought was, I have to do more stuff like this.
My husband jumped in too.
We started snorkelling around some big rocks, which had a strong current and we drifted through beautiful little pools. We were like silly kids, gleefully playing, laughing and duck diving to pick things up from the bottom.
Our kids were up on the rocks, watching us and waving to us.
Later on, my boys told me that they wished they weren’t so cold and wished they had jumped in and joined us too. I promised to buy them thicker wetsuits next time.
So this is was taken the next day. We went to another beach and I went through the whole drama of putting on my wetsuit and breaking my nails.
Again I spent about 2-3 hours in the water.
And again, I loved every minute of it!
By our second snorkelling experience (this time in warmer and shallower waters) my boys decided that they loved snorkelling and are keen to do more!
Yay, I guess the spring suits worked after all :)