A group of students from a San Diego school experienced a magnificent sight at sea Monday when a pod of dolphins joined them during a swim at the Catalina Channel.
A parent videotaping the kids swimming caught the group’s surprise encounter with dolphins on video tape. In the footage, dozens of dolphins can be seen swimming in the vicinity, jumping a bit out of the water, as students look on with excitement.
“Oh my God. This is so cool!” one girl exclaims on the video.
The students are from the Arch Academy, a year-round, K-12 private school for kids struggling to become socially, emotionally and academically successful.
The students recently completed a swim relay from Catalina Island to Palos Verdes and are now in the process of training for an English Channel swim.
Many of the swimmers involved in the school’s swim challenge struggle with autism, ADD, ADHD and learning disabilities and training at sea has become a positive outlet. They train several days per week at La Jolla Cove.
Editor's Note: An earlier version of this article said the students encountered the dolphins at La Jolla Cove. The dolphin swim actually happened at the Catalina Channel. The students train at La Jolla Cove.