The children that later went dolphin watching were equally thrilled. Volunteer skipper Richard Lintott took the S.E.A. trust’s inflatable to carefully follow the pod around Mulberry Grove. Meanwhile, parents and visitors watched from the shore.
The volunteers of the Sea Education Trust, with the help of school staff and trustees, had come together for the day to organize the first Sea Fest. The event will take place every year at Anniversary Weekend. It is meant to show what the trust will be doing during the coming year and just be a fun day for any children on the island to spend by, on and in the water. The sailing dinghies had been rigged, and the ocean kayaks were ready at the edge of the water with plenty of beach alongside to just jump in for a splash. More (with pictures) ..
[Barrier Bulletin] Anybody passing by Mulberry Grove at 2 o’clock last Sunday would have seen 6 women in an outrigger canoe crossing the bay. That day was the launch, or re-launch, of Great Barrier Island’s own (Mahi Mahi) waka and it was for one the start of something new for Great Barrier Island, and at the same time a reconnection to something much older. This made it unexpectedly emotional, Jelly Devonport said later, when she stepped out of the canoe to let another woman have a turn at paddling in the team.For Gloria Park-Cosson, it also was a very meaningful moment. more ..
[Barrier Bulletin] On Tuesday the 22 March the Barrier’s southern school kids (Kaitoke and Mulberry Grove Schools) were educated on Beach Safety by Sam and Hira from the Surf Life Safers on Bethell’s Beach in association with S.E.A. (Sea Education Aotea)’s and organised by Rendt Gorter. The swell was just too high and the winds too hard on the day to take the kids to the beach, so instead we were educated in the classroom and in and around Kaitoke School’s pool. The kids made a whirlpool in the pool and then had to try and swim into it, a bit like swimming into a rip. On the field we did rescue races with a rescuer and a ‘victim’. Good fun as no one drowned! more ..
The Sea Education Aotea Trust invites all water rats, or wanna-be-s, to come together for fun in the water. Every child over 8, and able to swim, is invited.
S.E.A. games and excursions, every Saturday
The S.E.A. Academy meets every Saturday afternoon at the Boat Shed, at Mulberry Grove School, until the end of term.
Different activities, games and excursions around the island, will be organised by volunteers and parents. Participants will learn to kayak, go on river trips at Medlands or Kaitoke, or play in team competitions.
This Saturday, the first "S.E.A. Games" will be held at Mulberry Grove. Form teams and gain points in races and skill challenges with kayaks and swimming.
Can you hold your breath long enough to find the most scallops? Which kayak can make the quickest time for a slalom through the race course? Which team will win the relay swim? How many times can you do the loop, changing seats each time - without falling in the water or dropping a paddle? And much more, but its all going to be fun.
Like every Saturday for the coming two months, participants should be at Mulberry Grove by 2 PM. We will aim to finish either at 4 PM, or at 5 PM, according to what is planned for the day. Bring togs, towels, sunscreen and something to drink.
Saturday sessions should always take place - unless there is another cyclone coming through. And if the wind gets too difficult, there is transport to take everybody and the kayaks to the other side. Some activities can always be organised.
Help, we need an outboard!
We have a inflatable tender, but are lacking a small outboard (9.9 HP max, 3-5 HP will do fine). There is a strict requirement for adult supervision in all SEA activities, of one supervisor for every 4 children in water to deep to stand. We use the two inflatables for that, but lack an outboard for the smaller one. Can you help?