I love the feeling of being on the beach...the salty air, the cool, soft sand and the cold, choppy water. But the camp we went on to AQWA got even better.
We got onto the bus at 12:00pm and drove to AQWA. After dropping off our bags, we changed into bathers and headed down to the beach. We split up into our tribes (Dunamis, Ischuros, and Kratos) and played some games with hula hoops and tyres. We also took turns going swimming. When we had finished, we went into Hilarys and had ice-creams or slushies. Yum! We walked back to AQWA and were split into three groups. One group coloured and made badges, one set up their sleeping bags and pillows, and one had a tour of the dangerous animals section, where we saw animals like stonefish, catfish and lion fish. We were told facts and interesting things about them. Once everyone was finished, we sat down at the cafe and had our dinner: pizza! There were some friendly volunteers who served it to us. We ate outside and saw some turtles who were being rehabilitated. There were some babies and two adults.
When everyone had eaten, they gave us popcorn and put on a documentary about oceans. Only a few people stuck around to watch it. Everyone else was playing games like Twister, or going down to the beds and playing around there. At around 9:00pm, the teachers told everyone to go down to the beds, not to sleep yet, but to get ready for bed. You may be wondering where we were sleeping...we were in the tunnel! For those who haven’t been to AQWA before, it’s basically a long glass tunnel through a body of water, in which dozens of fish, turtles, stingrays and sharks swim. It was truly magnificent to watch them swim above you as tried to sleep. Barely anyone got much sleep. I, myself only got around two hours. Here is a video of what it was like in the tunnel. It was amazing! I can’t believe I even got to sleep at all!
Next day we woke up to the sound of ‘Under the sea’ and ‘Youngblood’ (and another song I can’t remember) playing loudly through the tunnel. We got up and got ready, so we could start the tour of AQWA as soon as possible. Breakfast was fruit and toast. We were split up into our three groups again, rotating between this place called the schooling fish, where there was an enormous school of silver fish swimming around with some eagle rays (aka the majestic sea flap-flaps, according to Chloe G). We got to see them be fed. It was so cool watching them shoot up to the surface of the water to grab the food. Another rotation was going to the touch pool, where we were able to touch fish, little Port Jackson sharks, stingrays and starfish. I touched a fish! It was really hard to touch because they were so fast at getting away, but Laila, who was next to me, scared a fish into my hand. It felt all slimy and weird! The last rotation was going to a relaxing underground pool that was filled with colourful coral and heaps of fish. Soft music was playing and it was very pretty. The sun's rays shone through the water and the fish drifted round together. I didn’t want to leave! We packed up and left to have a final play on the beach before the bus came to take us to school. I was only relieved about leaving for one reason: I could have a long sleep when I got home! Thank you for reading!
Story and video by Amelie P., Year 6