One thing I will never forget is my freshman year spring break. Going to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, was an unforgettable experience; something I might not ever do again. In my previous post, I wrote about my first time bungee jumping, but another first for me was swimming with dolphins!
When my friends and I arrived at Cabo Dolphins, I was a little shaky about the whole idea. I had been on a dolphin cruise and even saw a dolphin jumped out of the water while I was on the beach, but I had never been close enough to touch one, let along swim with one.
I was excited and nervous all at the same time. We walked up to the salt water arena, put on our life jackets and received instructions on how to handle the dolphins. I thought the dolphins might harm me, but it was interesting to hear about ways I could cause potential harm to the dolphins.
The instructors were not concerned with our safety, because the dolphins were strictly trained, but they were more concerned about what we could do wrong to the dolphins. Just by putting my hand on the dolphin using my nails, I could harm them.
Grabbing onto their fins the wrong way could harm them while we were swimming. Touching them above their blowhole is harmful as well. These are just a few of the things the instructors taught us.
Once we were educated on dolphin safety, we were ready to swim with the dolphins. Before I grabbed onto the fin, the dolphin kissed me on the cheek — it was the perfect Kodak moment! After the dolphins kissed us all, they took us for a ride around the arena.
They did all the work; we just held on to their fins while swimming along with them. On the first trip, the dolphin swam on its stomach and we held on for dear life. The second ride, the dolphin swam on its back, while we held on to their lower fins.
It was a great experience, and I would definitely do it again. I’m so thankful I had the opportunity to go on this vacation and to experience it with my wonderful friends. I would do it again in a heartbeat!