We got the opportunity to go off island on Wed. for swimming lessons at the Y. Normally this would be a two day affair with us going off on Wed. and spending the night at a hotel and then coming back on the Thurs. afternoon ferry. But the wonderful folks at the Seacoast Mission offered up the use of their boat, the Sunbeam, so that we could return in the afternoon with them. It was still a nightmare of shuttling cars from Northeast Harbor to Bass Harbor, but we were so happy for the chance for a one day field trip in the middle of March that we weren't complaining! The Y in Bar Harbor is totally awesome. I haven't been in there since high school and I'd forgotten what a great pool they have. The kids love swimming but they lack skills so this was a chance to have a real instructional session with two of the teachers as well as some free time in the pool.
Noodles were a big hit.
This was the first time on the diving board for the kids. They were a little tentative at first but then it was cannonball city.
There was also a water basketball game with a net that attaches near the pool. Everyone was totally exhausted but happy at the end of the day. Thanks to the Sunbeam folks...we couldn't have done it without you!