After our high flying escapade at the Terra Natura we moved to the neighbouring aqua park. We had booked a session entitled ‘swimming with sharks’. As one of the least adventurous people in the world I was again wondering why I was there. We were handed life jackets, googles and snorkels, that latter two being items had had never worn, or even wanted to wear, before. Dave was somewhat put out when they handed him a buoyancy aid instead of a lifejacket, telling him there were not any jackets large enough for his ample girth!
As the youngest is severely visually impaired he held onto his Dad as we walked into the pool and laid down on the salty (and to me, quite dirty!) water. There was a slight current which moved us slowly along, rather like a lazy river. I felt instantly that I would rather be in a clean lazy river instead of ‘shark infected waters’. I struggled with the snorkel but got there in the end, whereas the children all seemed to take it in their stride. It was certainly a weird feeling having a shark twice my size brush up against me in the water. We had been assured that they were all strict vegetarians! I had no idea until then that there were vegetarian sharks. The sharks and fish came in all shapes and sizes, all totally unfazed by these odd creatures floating above them. It is an experience I would recommend if you get a chance.
From there we moved onto the water slides, shoots and rides to finish the day with shrieks and laughter. For anyone considering a trip to a water park, and there are quite a few dotted around the Costa Blanca, I’d like to give you one very important piece of advice – make sure you continually recover yourself in waterproof sun screen and wear a hat in between rides. Constantly dipping yourself in water fools you into thinking you are not burning, but you will. If you are in Spain for two weeks leave this trip until your second week. Tomato is not a good colour on anyone.