Final thoughts from Jessica

The 2011 Sea TURTLE teen diving expedition is back in Boston. In this post, Jessica shares her final thoughts on her experience with the program.

This program has been an emotional rollercoaster ride for me but it was totally worth it!
When I was sick, I had to sit out during the pool sessions even though I really wanted to continue the class. My body just didn't want to cooperate. Even though I didn't get to SCUBA dive as much as I wanted to, I still got to dive! In the BAHAMAS! How many people get to do that in their lifetime?

I learned that we are all connected. My carbon footprint is impacting marine life all over the world, not just the Bahamas. The excess energy I waste and the trash I throw away that ends up in the ocean is negatively impacting the ocean world. If I can make smarter, greener/bluer decisions (and encourage other to do so as well), I can protect the life I saw in the Bahamas. I want my children to be able to dive the sites I saw and see it even healthier and more beautiful than the way I saw it in April.

Jessica and Christian after a successful plankton tow.

I really feel like I'm part of the ocean after this experience! Seeing everything up close just gave me a greater appreciation for marine life. SCUBA diving gives you a more intimate relationship with the ocean. I'm even considering majoring in marine biology in college now... See what you've done, Sea TURTLE!

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1 comment:

  1. Jess, you're an inspiration! So proud of you for not letting being sick get you down during the trip of a lifetime!


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