Thursday, July 11, 2013

A Courageous Day

Hello all! Kiki here again.

Monday was a fun filled day at Courageous Sailing. We taught kids how to fish, showed them the proper way to hold a crab, let them hold sea stars, and taught them how they can tell what the gender of a crab is. At first I was nervous because it was the first day, but after I got into the swing of things, it was great! The kids were so eager to learn. A lot of them had never gone fishing before so I thought it was pretty cool to be the one to give them that experience! 

Just cruising. Look at that view!
The kids had some interesting questions, and it felt pretty cool to know almost all of the answers. Then, one of them asked me, "Are we going to catch a shark?" They're so cute with their crazy ideas. Of course we didn't catch any sharks. We really didn't catch any fish at all, to be honest, but there's always another day. Everyday holds a new adventure for us. We did catch crabs and sea stars, and that seemed to suffice! It's difficult having to start all over with getting to know new kids everyday, but the pros outweigh the cons. It's still fun to see new faces. The challenge is exciting.

Manny and the kids waiting around for fish.
Sarah Bailey is very focused on hooking that fishing rod.
My Senior Marine Educator, Sarah Bailey, was SO fun to work with. She knows almost everything there is to know about sea creatures and practically all things "ocean". Part of the reason I was able to answer the kids' questions is because of HER. I had relatively the same questions during orientation as the kids did at Courageous. The best thing about this job is that if someone asks a question that you don't know the answer to, most likely someone else from STH/STB knows the answer. I guess it's true what they say. You really do learn something new everyday. 
 - Kiauna Peete ("Kiki")

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