Although the thing I was most looking forward to about my recent holiday was relaxing in the sun, I also wanted to be braver in the water. I’ve always been apprehensive in the pool and the sea, due in no small part to being reliant on contact lenses/glasses. Even playing with Isobel in the pool has been problematic because kids do love to splash! If you wear contact lenses you have to be really careful in swimming pools because of the risk of infection.
When my new goggles arrived just before heading off on holiday I was determined to have fun in the pool – no more sitting on the sidelines. Isobel has weekly swimming lessons and is much more confident than me in the pool. She gave me a few lessons which did actually improve my technique. But I took facing my fears in the water to a whole new level when we spent the day at Yas Waterworld!
When we went to Abu Dhabi last year we loved Yas Waterworld, so going back there was top of our list of things to do. I wasn’t very adventurous last time and spent most of the day chilling out on a sunlounger while Pete took Isobel on the rides. I said that if we went back I’d be brave and go down the snake slide…and I did…three times!
In fact I was so emboldened that I went on the Sebag (head first on a foam mat down a big slide) and Hamlool’s Humps, which is the big blue chute in the photos below. I now know why they tell you to cross your legs…I got the mother of all wedgies!
The second drop is really steep and creates a big splash on landing, so I would never have done this without goggles. It’s funny how something so small can make such a big difference. Just being able to “waterproof” my eyes totally transformed my experience of the water park and enabled me to get the most out of it.
There was time to relax though – going on a weekday was a good call because it wasn’t too busy. We topped off the day with two goes on the rollercoaster. It’s only a little one – the fastest rollercoaster in the world is just a stone’s throw away at Ferrari World…maybe one for next year!
I’m so glad that I challenged myself to do the “scary rides” because I’ve always chickened out before. Yas Waterworld isn’t cheap (although we got a good deal through the hotel this time) so there’s no point going just to sit on a sunlounger. We all had such a fun day (and holiday) with the help of our new Vorgee goggles!
You may remember back in February I shared my thoughts on why it’s good to do something that scares you. Well, I’m making a point of following my own advice. I’m making it my mission to try as many new (and even scary) experiences as possible…you only live once, right? In fact I’m not long back from London where I tried out a really fun new experience (take a look at my Instagram for a sneak peak). I’ll be sharing all the details in next Sunday’s post 🙂
Disclaimer: The goggles were gifted to me in exchange for a review. My opinions are completely honest and unbiased.