On Wednesday, I went to a team building day at Welton Waters as an introduction to the rest of the team who I will be joining at work on Monday! (Exciting! I’ll cover this in a post closer to my start date)
But, Morgan, I remember you mentioning how terrified you are of water and that you can’t swim! Indeed, mysterious italicised stranger. I was told that there would be land-based activities too, so that swayed me into joining the group. Honestly though, I couldn’t have told them I can’t go – not exactly a professional first impression!
We did several land based activities. I did archery for the first time! I was okay. I hit the target about 70% of the time, and the rest of the arrows ended up around 6ft behind it! As groups, we also did a handful of team building exercises like getting hula hoops off the ground, over our bodies and heads without using our hands, and an extreme version of ‘don’t touch the lava.’ Both were absolutely hilarious, and it definitely helped me get used to who will very soon me my work colleagues! I could barely move the next morning, though. I haven’t done that much exercise in my life! I was aching in places I didn’t even know could hurt!
Eventually, we moved onto raft building. I was adamant I wasn’t getting into the lake, but after building the raft with my team I felt as if I’d be letting them down otherwise (despite my fear of the water!) so I decided to be super, super brave and get on the raft with the condition that the team don’t push me into the deep water. I ended up in the water twice. The first time, one of the lake supervisors was threatening to capsize the raft so I literally jumped from the raft, over the water beneath me and just managed to grab hold of the dock. Abandon ship, everyone was yelling in their best ship captain voices.
The second time I ended up in the lake was terrifying! And I was being so brave by getting back into the water… Somebody poked the raft with a giant ‘raft poking stick’, it tipped and I fell in. I went all the way under the water, couldn’t touch the ground and as a none swimmer who was already absolutely terrified you can only imagine how frightened I was. I froze, just floating in the water and somebody must have dragged me out.
We ended the day with cups of tea, a hot shower at the facility, group photographs and chats about the day with my new team! They’re all so lovely, and this is making the pre-‘new job’ worries a lot easier to handle. Afterwards, we went out for food and drinks to end a brilliant day! I can’t wait to get started on Monday!
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