“When my kids become wild and unruly, I use a nice, safe playpen. When they’re finished, I climb out.” – Erma Bombeck
I decided to take my six year old son to Windansea Beach in La Jolla for Mother’s Day, since I had gone there once before and LOVED it! I knew my son, Ky, would love seeing the waves crash up against the rocks and the seagulls basking in the sun. What actually happened, though, was pretty wild! Here are three reasons to be careful at Windansea Beach in La Jolla:
1. The shore is rocky! We walked along the edge up by enormous rock formations that stuck out into the ocean. After a few minutes of walking, we came to a spot about 15 feet in the air that I had to help him across. He didn’t believe he could cross it at first but after seeing me do it and knowing I would be there on the other side to hold his hand, he finally crossed to the other giant rock. As my son, he trusts me and loves me and as a mother, I would do anything to empower his dedication and bravery. We finally found a cool little cove in the rocks where the water would come up like a hose shooting through the rocks and then, as if you turned the hose off, the water would dribble back out into the ocean. Two other kids, about 8 and 10 years old, were there swimming between the rocks so, from a mom’s point of view, it didn’t seem too scary or threatening. However, don’t let it fool you, the rocks at Windansea Beach can be dangerous!
2. The waves are huge! When we arrived at Windansea Ky was amazed at how big the waves were and how strong they were crashing against the shore. As with almost everywhere in San Diego, the waves were big. Windansea Beach is unique though, because the rocks are smooth and slippery and go right out to the edge where they meet those big waves. You really have to be careful if you want to go out and have fun in the waves. I would say that it is more of a beach for observing La Jolla, than a beach of fun activities.
3. The undertow is strong! Ky was climbing around having a blast when he decided that he wanted to try to swim across to the other side of the rocks. He sat on the edge and I recorded him with my video camera, thinking he would have fun and do great! Just when he leapt off the rock, the tide started coming in quick. The water rushed in around him and it was a lot deeper than he thought. He immediately reached back and grabbed the rock to climb back up but the current was pulling him out into the ocean. He yelled out “Mom! Help!” and I knew he was in danger. I watched as he tried hard to hold on, but his fingers slipped off the rock and under the cold water he went. Within a second, I was jumping off the rock and trying to swim towards him. I realized I was still holding onto my video camera and tried to hold it above the water while I tried to swim and figure out where he was and what I was going to do. After swimming around for a few seconds, he finally reached the other side and said, “I got it! Yay!” I turned back and grabbed ahold of the rock I had just jumped off. I tossed my camera back up on the rock and climbed back up. I was so scared for him but glad he made it to the other side. He was lucky, because on that side there was a little path back up to the grass, so he didn’t have to do any more swimming. It was an intimidating and chilling event that I have learned a lot from. Be very careful when you are swimming at Windansea Beach!
As a mother, when your child is in danger, it is not even a choice to dive in and help in any way that you can. I experienced this today. I am deathly afraid of water, oceans in particular, and I didn’t even think twice about jumping in after him. Maybe I jumped in too soon, but I’ll stick to my beliefs that something worse could’ve happened if I hadn’t tried to help. I recorded it all, so watch the 30 second clip and tell me when YOU as a mom would jump in after your son?! Before I did? After letting him try to swim back for a few seconds? As a new resident to California, I have never really known how dangerous the waves are or how quickly you can get pulled under water, so I always take extra, “east-coast” precautions and jump in A.S.A.P! Let me know what you would’ve done, and please be careful if you go to Windansea Beach in La Jolla!