Skydivers, a team of the Educational and Recreation al Club “OUT”, organized their first field trip to Lake Vouliagmeni in southern Attica on Sunday 16 November 2014. A total of 22 persons participated in the trip, in particular, 9 students and 12 teachers and parents and, of course, the Director of the school, Dr Dimitris Kalaitzidis, who is also the coordinator of the Club.
The water of Lake Vouliagmeni is about 50 centimeters above sea level and so it is constantly overflowing and being replenished by the hot springs beneath it. The composition of the lake water is brackish and full of such mine rals as potassium, natrium, lithium, ammonium, calcium, ferrum, chloride, iodine and is slightly radioactive. These minerals are known for giving relief to bone and muscle problems as well as those listed above. The lake is recognized as a wonder of nature because of its unique appearance and the surroundings. Scientific research and studies have discovered that millions of years ago, where the lake is now, there was once a large cave with a large number of hot springs. Due to an earthquake roof has collapsed.
Before the visit, we let the school community know about the event by written notices. We printed the program of the activities to take place on site and finally, under the supervision of Dr Kalaitzidis, we created the worksheets to be filled during the field trip. We set off from Pireas at 8.00 am and drove to the Lake. Upon arrival we took pictures, we handed out the worksheets to the students and Dr Kalaitzidis gave a brief lecture on the geomorphological features of the area. Then, one of the doctors of the spa and a lifeguard talked to us about the services provided by the Lake spa. Before leaving, we had a group discussion about filling in the worksheets. We asked questions and we talked about things that made a good or a bad impression on us. This was food for thought for the preparation of the next field trip. The following day we handed out evaluation sheets to all the participants.