The whole school were involved in the swim with children as young as 5 swimming lengths to do their bit. Each school year were given 30 minutes to swim as many lengths as they could of the 25 metre pool and there were some amazing performances - one of the boys swam an incredible 76 lengths in the 30 minutes - that's nearly two kilometre's in 30 minutes - great job Charlie!! All of the children did a fantastic job and put as much effort into their swim as they could and they can be proud of their contributions.
The original plan for our team was just to jump into the water, splash around a bit, swim a few lengths then get out. Unfortunately the amazing effort put in by the children of the school meant that we had to do a bit more than just get wet, So the plan changed to doing the best we could in the 20 minutes we and the school swim team that were swimming at the same time as us(including Charlie who had already swam 76 lengths earlier) were allocated - all of the kids in the swim team had already swam earlier in the day with their year so the final swim of the day was reduced to 20 minutes because the school didn't want the children over doing things, and not because the Instructor team had requested a shorter time!!
Between the 5 of our staff: Claire, Paul, Sue, Marco and John we managed to swim 100 lengths which works out to 2 1/2 km in 20 minutes - not a bad effort considering how hard work it was and it also lead to us raising 10,000 baht towards the total.
The target set for the day was to swim 2,200 lengths which equates to 55km, but by the end of the day 5,523 lengths had been swam which is just over 138km. The fund raising target is 100,000 baht and from the money raised by selling hot dogs, burgers and beers I'm sure that once the sponsorship money and donations all come in they will reach that fantastic target.
It was a fantastic job of organising the event by ISS and we look forward to joining in next year.
The Dive Academy swim team
Natalie from Shark Guardian
Marco & John giving their all
Following the leader
Paul smiling through the pain
Claire looking the part
Claire & Sue spurring each other on
John having a rest
Getting our breath back
Explaining what Project AWARE is about
The targets and totals