Meet Mary Windisch of Aqua Adventures!
Aqua Adventures: How did you get involved with Aqua Adventures?
Mary Windisch: I got involved with Aqua Adventures because I have been attending camp since I was four years old from there I became a counselor in training, a counselor, and finally a co-supervisor.
Aqua Adventures: What are a few of your favorite memories from camp over the years?
MW: Since I have been attending Adventures since I was little, I have many favorite memories. As a camper, I remember I was really afraid to try surfing for the first time. Once I saw that all my friends were surfing, I wanted to try too! I liked that no one ever forced me to do something I wasn’t comfortable with but instead encouraged me to try if I wanted to. I think there has to be a balance between making a child do something and also allowing them the power to make that decision by themselves. As a counselor and co-supervisor, my favorite memories revolve around seeing kids have a great time, me getting countless hugs, and being a part of children’s excitement and confidence in trying something new.
Aqua Adventures: What do you love about being a camp counselor for Aqua Adventures specifically?
MW: My favorite memory is the same thing that I love about Aqua Adventures. Since I have been a mother’s helper, babysitter, and nanny since I was 10 years old, I truly enjoy being with children as much as possible.
Aqua Adventures: What do you think is one of the most important lessons taught at these camps?
MW: At Aqua Adventures we teach many skills including water safety, communication skills, and confidence. We empower our campers to try new things, make new friends, and stay active and healthy.
Aqua Adventures: Personally, what do you love about the ocean and Del Mar beach?
MW: Del Mar beach is one of my favorite beaches because of the large grassy area, the clean and safe beach, the lifeguard station, and that it is close to the snack bar. The combination of all this makes it a perfect location for camp! In addition, Peg and Aqua Adventures have a great relationship with many people in the area including the lifeguards, Kathy and her workers at the snack bar, and other Del Mar city officials. She has had a permit at 15th street for over 16 years!