Caution: Awesome when wet

Originally published on Where’s My Glow

When you make a claim like that, you better have some serious proof… in the form of semi-embarrassing photos of another hugely awesome #RedBalloonMums experience of a lifetime!

This weekend Map Guy, Real Jive Turkey, his Jooolie and I took to the water of the Swan River to quite literally make waves.

We got off to a rather shitty start to the day with all four of us running late and then my debit card getting rejected when I was upgrading our deal. The never-late-Glow kept the boat waiting and the control freak that resides inside me was not happy. And by not happy I mean I started to cry. In front of everyone. Map Guy and the Jive are used to it, but Jooolie just thought I was a little strange – to be honest, she wasn’t really that far off.

It was impossible to stay unhappy though because the sun was shining and we were handed ponchos! Well, wet suit type robes that made Map Guy look decidedly like Cornholio and me look like a rather excited condom with arms. Who doesn’t want to look like that in public and take photos to prove it?

Then the action started. The music was cranked and we zoomed out of there full throttle. It was bloody fast – at full speed the jet was pumping out a whopping 25 TONNES of water PER MINUTE. The 360 degree turns were intense and I didn’t know whether to scream my now sopping wet lungs out or roar with laughter. I did both and managed to sound like a strangled cat.

For 25 minutes we did fishtails (avoiding the mermaid tails, obviously), brake stops and spins. I didn’t get sea sick at all, though I figure if I had spewed the amount of water washing over us would have had me clean as a whistle by the time the boat docked and no one would have been any the wiser.

I clutched on to a slightly dodgy waterproof camera for the whole ride and just kept firing away randomly, hoping that at least one of the photos would work out. I love the top photo here, even though you can’t tell it’s us, it captures perfectly how awesome (and wet) the whole ride was.

And there we are, the four of us, completely drenched, smelling like dolphin, and grinning from ear to dripping wet ear.

The Jive hasn’t stopped saying he’s going to go back and do it again – though next time he won’t wear shoes and socks. Squelchy Volleys just aren’t in this season.

If you’re stuck for a Christmas gift this year, throw out the idea of ‘stuff’ that you just have to find somewhere to store and go for a RedBalloon voucher that will create awesome memories and not take up room on the shelf – other than a framed photo of you looking like a condom of course!

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  1. Vivienne
    Posted November 15, 2012 at 9:23 am | Permalink

    It is a shame that Red Balloon are quick to promote themselves as an experience but don’t always deliver. If you lose your voucher and miss your deadline your money or experience is lost. They make no effort to remind people that a deadline is looming but they do make every effort to sell you more. Be very careful before you buy especially for others – in most cases better off going direct to suppliers and getting the vouchers as they have better terms and much better customer service.

  2. lauren
    Posted November 23, 2012 at 9:52 am | Permalink

    Hi Vivienne. We’re very sorry to hear that you never redeemed your experience voucher. If any of our customers have lost a voucher we can absolutely look it up and have it re-issued, provided it is within the clearly stated 12 month expiry period. The reason we have an expiry on all of our vouchers is that we represent thousands of third party experience providers – many of them small businesses – and the expiry ensures peace of mind for them. Price changes within our experience provider community are inevitable – so by having a 12 month expiry, customers can be confident that they will not be impacted by unforseen price or experience detail changes, and experience providers are not forced to maintain those prices indefinitely. Take a whale watching supplier for instance – the cost of fuel, insurances and maintenance increases every year – so if a customer tries to use a voucher two, three or four years on, that’s not covering the supplier’s costs and it soon becomes unsustainable for them. All of our vouchers carry the terms and conditions of use, and these are made very clear at the time of purchase, and we also communicate the expiry date boldly on the front of all vouchers. After all, we want people to get out and have a good time. Furthermore, we do review voucher expiry on compassionate grounds such as illness. Once again, we’re sorry for your experience and hope that you understand our decision.

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