UOG Sea Grant’s Extension Educator Marie Auyong will lead a Snorkel Intro for Adults session this upcoming Sunday, September 17 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Dededo Swimming Pool.
This event helps support Humanities Guåhan and Smithsonian Institution’s exhibit, Hita I Hanom, which explores Guam’s cultural, environmental, and spiritual relationship to water.
UOG Sea Grant will provide all gear for $5, cash only. The session starts at 2 p.m. and goes until 4 p.m., but participants can stay at the pool until closing time. Participants must reserve spots by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Auyong is featured in Hita I Hanom‘s digital video project, Kintusi I Hanom: Speaking To Water, which highlights Micronesian voices about the deep cultural importance and meaning of water. Exhibit attendees can view videos of Pacific Islander stories, chants, poetry, and personal narratives at a digital kiosk in the exhibit at the Guam Museum.
In her video, Auyong discusses her concern about peoples’ access to the coast as central to issues of environmental justice, cultural practice, and personal health. This past year, she began introducing people to snorkeling in Guam’s public pools as a way to alleviate fears of water, increase beach safety, and encourage low-cost, in-water activities.
Participants will start standing in the pool’s shallow end and learn how to fit and defog their masks, get comfortable breathing underwater, and practice kicking with fins. There will be professional dive or lifeguard-certified personnel to provide a low participant-instructor ratio.
For more information about the Hita I Hanom-Water/Ways exhibit, visit http://www.humanitiesguahan.