DURING the school holidays, Opotiki’s Bryn Gault, right, took part in a four-day Northern Regional Surf Life Saving young development camp on Motutapu Island.
Two people were selected from each region outside the Northern Region and three from each club within the Northern region making a total of 57 guards at the camp.
Bryn said they were based at an outdoor education camp on the island and roomed in ex-army barracks from World War ll.
The camp wasn’t really surf related but was about achieving goals the participants had set, like building up qualities such as leadership, teamwork and confidence.
“We did this through many activities we did in groups such as rock climbing, abseiling, orienteering, high ropes, low ropes, archery and heaps of other team-building challenges and activities.”
On the last day they were woken up at 2am and told to put on our wetsuits.
“We then had to do 100 push ups and 100 sit ups then went back to bed with our wetsuits on. We were woken up again at 4am to complete many more ‘interesting’ punishments disguised as challenges that lasted till daylight.”