I have always liked dolphins, but my daughter Amber
loves them. They are such beautiful creatures that swim
with such grace through the water.
I have been lucky enough to say that I have swam with
them, petted them and even received a kiss from one.
With my fear of water and the fact I can’t swim, that
is saying a lot.
In October 2006, my lovely sister in law and I took
another cruise (our second). We flew to
to board our ship and from there we traveled to
and prepared for our swim. There were two dolphins
that we were to swim with. We had two coach’s
( to coach us) or trainers ( for the dolphins). There
were several people in our group including Lori’s
Mom, Eva, and her Dad, George. Let me just say right
now that I am George’s adopted daughter according to
him…and that is just fine with me.
We were introduced to the dolphins when they were
told with hand singles to swim in front of us standing
on a gated type platform attached to the dock. They
made several trips in front of us and we were instructed
to hold our hands out and pet them as they past. We
were then told, one at a time to swim out into the
ocean, in the pen of the dolphins and then they would
bring us back. That worked for most but since Eva
and I did not swim, we were pulled out there.
My first trip with the dolphins was to lay out on my
tummy and as they swam by me on each side I was
to reach out and take a fin. I was pulled by them back
to the dock are. It was so neat. Then my next swim
came only after the trainer begged me to go and do
it….it was the fear of water in my face that was
stopping me. Then I decided, what the heck, go
for it. And I did, which by the way is documented
on a CD for all who wish to see it.
I was taken back out and I had to float on my tummy
again, only with my feet and hands out a certain way.
Both dolphins came up and placed their nose at the
arch of both feet, going back to the dock and pushing
me up out of the water. I was flying on the nose of
two dolphins. I loved it, but then they started to
lower me as we got near the dock. That is where
I shouted “oh crap (not the word I used), for fear
of the water in my face. But it was not at all bad.
The kiss~~~ they come right up and place their nose
into your open hand and you lean in and kiss them……
mine was not leaving, I think he wanted to French.
He kept staying there with his nose in my hand
looking at me!
The dance~~~ you get out into the water, away from
the dock and turn around and around and they will
do the same in front of you.
The song ~~~ They both were told by hand singles
that we were giving to sing. Both sang by making a
different sound. It was so neat.
I never thought, except that once about the fear I have
of water. It was so worth it to get out there and do
that and I would do it again in a heart beat. So if you
ever happen to be at my home ask to see the CD!
It’s so funny..
Thanks for stopping by,