Young Achievers: dolphin apprentice Logan
An ocean enthusiast has made a splash at Dolphin Quest as the company’s first senior-level junior apprentice.
Logan Soares, 17, said that the position allowed her to continue her studies at school while also training junior apprentices.
She added that her “senior junior apprenticeship” would keep her at Dolphin Quest until she became eligible for their full apprenticeship programme next year.
The Warwick Academy pupil said: “I did get too old for the junior apprentice position, since it’s from the ages of 12 to 17 and you have to be 16 years old when you apply, so that you’re 17 during the programme.
“However, I was 17 at the end of it, so they created a programme so that I could continue volunteering.”
Logan added: “I was glad that they did this because I don’t know what I would do with myself if I couldn’t volunteer there.”
Logan, from Southampton, said that she had been a fan of Dolphin Quest since she signed up for their youth camp aged just 7. She added that she later signed on as a junior apprentice and had studied marine life, worked with guests at the attraction and helped care for the dolphins.
Logan said her new role meant she was more involved with maintenance of the Dockyard attraction and teaching the dolphins.
She added that she also taught the junior apprentices alongside full-time staff.
Logan said: “Generally, I try to calmly approach them and ask ‘what are your goals?’ or ‘what are you working on?’
“I know when I first started there I was shy and so I can kind of relate to them not really knowing what to do.”
Logan added that she split her volunteer work between Dolphin Quest and the Bermuda Aquarium, Museum and Zoo.
She said she was also the head of her school’s eco-club and wanted to promote ways to protect the environment to her classmates.
Logan added: “I do multiple assemblies within my school, hoping to inspire people to change small aspects of their lives.”
She added: “I love the ocean and I love just being outside, so I want to do everything that I can to help keep that beauty that I love.”
Orla McDonnell, the junior apprentice co-ordinator at Dolphin Quest, said: “Dolphin Quest and its crew members pride themselves on what we call ‘walking the talk’, or making changes in our everyday life that make a positive difference to the world around us.
“Logan is a true example of this, both at school and at home, ensuring she educates all those around her on how to live better for the environment.”
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