Author Nikki Hills
Making Waves Officer
Staff and volunteers at Sussex Wildlife Trust have been getting on their wetsuits, masks and snorkels to go snorkelling… in a swimming pool. It might seem a bit over the top to wear a wetsuit in a warm indoor pool and what exactly are we likely to see through our masks? Well, it’s all for our new activity; Undersea Explorers, where participants can learn how to snorkel and find out about our wonderful local marine wildlife in a swimming pool filled with life-like models of marine plants and animals.
Last week we ran our first sessions with the Year 5 class of Mayfield Primary School. Most of them had never used a mask and snorkel before and it was amazing to see how quickly their confidence grew in the water. They were soon swimming around to see how many different creatures they could see, racing from one side of the pool to the other in one of the games and before long were happily diving underwater.
Here’s what some of the children thought about their first Undersea Explorers session: “It was so exciting as I have never had the opportunity to snorkel before. This meant I could see all of the amazing and realistic sea creatures” and “I can’t wait until our next session.”
We’re running a limited number of school and public Undersea Explorers sessions for 7-11yr olds. To find out more about Undersea Explorers including details of upcoming family events and how to get in touch to discuss booking a session for your class at school then please see our Making Waves website.
Undersea Explorers Gallery. Photos by Miles Davies
Making Waves is our marine education and awareness project, which is spreading the word about the wonderful marine life found around our coast and the importance of protecting it. This project is run in partnership with Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.