The Rovers decided to hold a snorkeling activity and small BBQ afterwards on Wednesday 20th August in-stead of a regular Wednesday meeting so as to kick off a list of activities with something simple which every-one would be able to attend and enjoy.
The activity started off a bit later than originally planned due to work commitments and thus sunset was about to take place, leaving us with little sunlight available. So after quickly finding a spot on the beach in Sliema, we all put on our masks and snorkels and jumped into the sea. We all split up in twos, making use of the “buddy system”. This was done for precautionary and safety reasons, as this system makes it easier to keep track where everyone is, making sure that no one ventures too far out or in the event that someone gets injured or caught by a current etc. we would immediately be notified by his buddy, who could also be nearby to help the other out.
The crew got a chance to observe some of the marine life to be found in Exiles Beach in Sliema. Amongst others the crew observed numerous kinds of fish such as Blue Damselfish, Saddled Bream, and Painted Comber, a large quantity of sea urchins, which the rovers competed to see how many they could each pick up, (after which they were all left to live the rest of their merry lives in the sea) and a number of sea sponges. The activity continued after dark, as one of the crew members possessed an underwater torch, illuminating the way for the others. In the darkness, the RCC even believed to have found a bomb, only to find out, that it was only a rather large oddly shaped chunk of rock. The usage of the buddy system during the activity prompted a small discussion of a few simple first aid scenarios which are likely to take place whilst swimming such as the treatment of cramps.
After this the Rovers all decided that it was time to go back on land and dry up as we were all quite famished and we could then commence the second part of the activity, the BBQ! A number of other rovers turned up for the BBQ as they could not make it for the snorkeling activity due to personal commitments. For this part of the activity rovers brought their own food and drink and the bbq set and charcoal were provided by one of the leaders. Rovers partners were also invited for the BBQ. The Rovers were then able to enjoy some good food and each others’ company, making the activity a success as its stated goals of having a simple activity instead of a Wednesday meeting and serving as a team builder and morale booster were all successfully reached.