In May GVI staff and volunteers took to the water for a fundraising Snorkel Challenge. The weather had been unkind with strong winds whipping up the waves in the Conception channel. To make sure that the conditions were safe for snorkeling, 'Manta' our dive boat headed out early to take a look before radioing in that we were good to go.
Eager to get started we made our way to Anse Souillac dressed in a multitude of outfits from Whalesharks to Where's Wally. A number of the gents even decided to slip into a dress for the occasion (any excuse). We crossed the sandflats exposed at low tide an entered the water at 12:15pm. There was a bit of swell but it was not as bad as we had feared and before long everyone was into their stride and the motley crue of fancy dressed athletes were on their way.
Despite the waves, the current was in our favour for the first stretch and quickly the leaders put some distance between themselves and the chasing pack. Despite all the talk of this not being a race Suzie powered ahead on a mission not to be beaten.
As we rounded Cap Matoopa and approached lighthouse the current changed direction just as limbs were starting to ache and the body was pleading with us to stop. A passing whitetip reef shark provided a chance to stop and get our breath before the final push into Baie Ternay and the home straight.
Incredibly the leaders approached the finish line in a time of just over one and half hours. Suzie and Simon ran the last twenty metres hand in hand before collapsing across the finish line.
One by one the other snorkelers appeared on the horizon, exhausted but desperate to make it just that little bit further. The last snorkeler crossed the finish line to huge applause at 4pm in what was a monumental effort by everyone involved.
GVI Seychelles would like to thank everyone who helped to make this event such a success and everyone for their generous donations and there is still time to donate if you have not done so already.