Boat Gymnastics (by Amber)

While we’re on the boat we’re mostly swimming or hanging upside down. There are lots of good spots for it on Tangaroa. When we go to other people’s boats we’re always on the look out for new places to hang (of course we always ask the captain for permission first!). Even my mum likes to balance and hang off things! When we were living in Australia we did gymnastics twice a week. I like being strong and flexible and learning new tricks. Living on the boat doesn’t stop us from being gymnasts. Climbing up the ropes in the gym has been replaced by climbing up the anchor chain and pulpit onto the bow of the boat. Instead of splits on the floor we do splits on the ceiling whilst hanging off the grab rail. The balance beam has got wider yet less stable and is commonly known as a stand up paddle board. The foam pit has got wetter, deeper and much larger and many call it the Pacific Ocean!

Splits on the ceiling






Me, simply just relaxing






Amber Schellens

8 thoughts on “Boat Gymnastics (by Amber)

  1. logan sleep says:

    Hey Amber,
    sorry I haven’t messaged you for a while, so much is going on. Such as my uncles farm house burnt down from a wire attached to the hot water system. πŸ™ are you staring to come home yet? because I really miss you. I can’t wait to SEA you and hear your cheeky laugh again.
    Lots of love Logan Sleep. πŸ˜‰

  2. Michelle Ticchi /5B says:

    Hi Amber,
    We are wondering what’s hanging (pun intended). All of us in 5B are missing your sense of mischief and we hope you are having a wonderful adventure. We all wish we could be having this experience with you. It looks beautiful! What has been your least favourite thing being on the boat? What has been the most amazing thing you have seen so far on your adventure? What is the most fascinating animal you have seen? We hope you are having a great time and can’t wait to see you when you return!

    Don’t spend too long ‘hanging’ around. Sea you later (get it? haha)!

    From everyone in 5B. πŸ™‚

    1. Hi 5B,
      Thanks for your message, I’m missing you all too. It is beautiful here. My least favourite thing on the boat is the big passages. My favourite thing on the boat is the swimming. The most amazing thing I have seen so far are dolphins surrounding our boat. The most fascinating animals I have seen are probobly the coconut crabs (they’re massive). I’m having a great time and can’t wait to SEA you all too.
      Love from Amber

  3. Maegan Johnstone says:

    Hi Amber, I think you should write things more often. Hanging looks like so much fun. You looked scared when you were climbing the boat, were you scared?
    Missing you heaps, love Mae

    1. Hey Mae, i’m missing you heaps too. I was only 1% scared when I climbed the boat. I might write more or I might not I don’t know.
      I think about you, Log, Brooke and Eilish every day.
      love Amber
      P.S What do hermit crabs eat.
      P.P.S The other day I saw a hermit crab as big as my head!

    1. Dallas ScottPittock says:

      Great piece Amber! Love the splits on the ceiling photo- though your face looks like it’s the same colour as your top! Had you been upside down for a long time? Ella says to say hello to you all – she enjoys reading about your adventures on the high seas! She’s at boring old school on the land! Though is visiting the Shrine of Remembrance today and has district sports day on Friday. She’s doing hurdles – not something she has completed in before but she’s looking forward to it. Her whole school is putting on a production in a couple of weeks – she is a cheerleader and is dancing to Taylor Swift’s song – Shake it off! Please say hi to Mum & Dad & Dusty & Beatrix for me! Dallas

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