KSC Grand Cayman Parent Poems Wk 1 2010

Grand Prize Winner- Week 1

To the tune of “Rock around the clock”

1, 2, 3 o’clock, 4 o’clock dive
5, 6, 7 o’clock, 8 o’clock dive
9, 10, 11 o’clock, 12 o’clock dive
Gonna dive our way around the world tonight

6 o’clock and we’re up and around
Wetsuit, mask, fins & snorkel to find
Lotion to smear & shades to put on
It’s off to the dock with a spring & a song
Only then we find out we should have been on the bus!

It’s a giant stride entry into the blue
There’s puffer fish, sting rays & turtles too
There’s twenty other divers all fighting for the sport
But that’s OK with us ‘cuz we love them all a lot
Kids Sea Camp is the only way to dive!

Cobalt Coast is the place to be
Divetech can dive you to eternity
The food tastes awesome & the staff are fab
And best of all its  Kids Sea Camp’s tab

Kid’s Sea Camp, you’re our rock around the dock!!!

By: The Wakely Family


Seafans sway back and forth through the waves.
Seahorses swim by as quiet as a fly.
The ocean is such a beautiful blue.
Manta rays swim by, this is true.
In the great ocean blue.

The tides go in and out
There is no need to shout.
Jellyfish buzz by
As high as the sky
As far as you can see
There is an ocean or a sea.

So protect it.

By: The Martins


When I was a turtle,
The oceans were quite fertile.

When I was a Seal,
They always provided meals.

Now as a diver upon the reef,
I vow to eat more beef.

By: Mark Rice


Kids Sea Camp Caymans

Caymans, KSC in the middle of July
11 students, the instructor’s nerves they were sure to try.

The location is Cobalt Coast.
In the future, the stories they will boast.

6 girls, 5 boys
Lots of laughs, lots of joys

With that size group some names were sure to be double
2 Ashleys- sweet, 2 Zachs- trouble

The Shahs were Shalin and Shivan
Then there was Tyler, Casey, Sophia, Jamie and Jacqueline

Sunburn and rash, sea salt in their eyes
As our time ends together, there will be some sad good byes.

With everyone passing and as happy as can be
We know about their future, they’ll be diving and protecting the sea.

Deciding on the “Angel Rays” as their team name
These special 11 divers will never be the same.

From Emma, Art, Matt and September
We hope this week you will ALWAYS remember!

By: Matt Slaughter


Off to Kids Sea Camp
We went in July
To the isle of Grand Cayman
The 3 of us did fly.

Brooks waited for years
To take this cool trip
Jacqueline learning to SCUBA
And thinking Dad’s so hip!!

We arrived on the 10th
For our week long stay
We went to bed early
It had been a long day.

The next morning up early
There was so much to do!
Classroom and pool time
Out in the ocean, too!

Jacq’s having fun
She’s made a fast friend
A sweet girl names Ashley
Gread buds ‘til the end!

Brooks task this week?
Become a rescue diver
So much to learn, so short a time
The pressure couldn’t be higher!

Margo, Nancy and Arie
Here every single day.
Keeping everyone happy
In every single way.

Rogest was oh so funny
His artwork just amazing
But watch him with those turtles,
I think they call that hazing!!

Junior Open Water was great
With Art, Matt & September
They learned so much, had so much fun
Truly a week to remember!!

Anton took Brooks & Katherine
And whipped them into shape
If you’re in the water and in trouble
From them you can’t escape!!

The Turtle Farm and Sting Ray City
Two adventures that we had,
Mom? She loved the shopping
Hope Brooks won’t be too mad!!

Alas, like all things good
This week must also end,
Rest assured my friends,
To Cobalt Coast and Kids Sea Camp,
We’ll return again and again!!

By: The Garrisons


There is a resort called Cobalt Coast
They have a beach parties, bonfires, s’mores & marshmallow roasts

The dive staff is stupendous
The meals just tremendous

At the sunny summer seaside,
On the Cobalt Coast.

By: Bonnie Everett


SeaLife by the Summer Sea

Sea sand and salt and SeaLife at a camp by the summer sea, On a coast as blue as cobalt,
On a holiday made for me and mine and families near and far, where rain falls in sunshine on the thatched umbrellas, and on all the ships at sea.

See C.J.., feet clamped tight on Tenata’s deck, And hear him yell starboard:
“Mr. Christian! They’re bringing more SeaLife, all of them are, dozens of SeaLifes. We’re up to number 14 already!”

Mr. Christian surveys the bounty before him:
“I’ve never seen so many cameras- SeaLife is everywhere!
We’re going to need a bigger boat!”

And see Sally, she of small stature but who drives a mean stick shift, calling to port:
“No more weight, Mr. C.J.! We’re loaded as it is with MD’s and PhD’s and BSN’s and D.I.’s, and we can stow no more.
But stowed it is in the sea camp by the sea, And SeaLife sparkles on the cobalt coast, On the summer sea.

And all the megabytes
On all the magic cards
And all the painted dots
On all the magic sheets
See what we see in the silver sea
And bring it all back, to see once more, In this camp by the summer sea, in this land by the cobalt shore.

See smiles all around; see Margo, see Lee, See Ronnie, see Nancy, see Arie, and see SeaLife as it should be, In the summer sun, in the silent deep, By tomorrow’s sea, in a land on the cobalt coast, at a camp by the summer sea.

By: Jim Everett


There was once a family named Fiest
Like pirates, they set off on a grand heist
To the Caymans they flew
All the riches there, they didn’t have a clue
Except Andy, who suspected the jewelry could be a shiest!

The seas they were turquoise galore
The turtles, the fish & OK, the s’mores
It couldn’t get any better
Until Ron’s face go even redder-
This dotting is part of our family folklore.

Put your diving & scooters aside
And I’ll tell you the real reason we come for the ride
It’s a bond that never will end
For our friends Margo, Tom, Ron, Robbie and Jen
Our love for you is what gives us most pride.

By: The Fiests



There once was a painter named Ronnie
Who endeavored to speak like a limey
His line edges were raw
So with dots he did draw
And his sea pictures turned out quite sublimely.

By: Robert J. Schmidt


Up at dawn by the rooster’s clarion call,
Rush to breakfast, lotion a gear for all,
You need the right Atatude
Lee, Carl and “Tony” sure do,
Hurl yourself off the stern
Into the blue sink
Into the deliciously cool 4,000,000 ft. depths
Clicker trained we find turtles, rays, morays and such
Reluctant we ascend
Orange lipped we wait to hurl ourselves again.

By: Robert J. Schmidt


By: The McClintock-Sink Family


A Lifetime of Memories

By: Dhiren Shah

I am a child of “Kids Sea Camp.”
Since then sixty years have gone away
I have become aged and grey
But I get great consolation
In knowing that my life has been immensely fulfilling

I ponder why I have been so fortunate
Many reasons- parents, teachers, unique experiences
One burns vivid in my mind
A treasure called “Kids Sea Camp” did my parents find

At first I was curious
Then I was furious
Here I was near a beautiful beach
And where was I?
In a classroom with an instructor ready to teach!

Finally at week’s end, I was a certified PADI diver.
And did begin a life of discovery and wonder
A life of respect and admiration
A life of hard work and accomplishments
A life of joy and rewards
A life of fulfillment

We often ponder at the end of our years
What made our lives so dear?
We wonder what was our guiding light?
What helped us to keep our sight?
In the darkness there was a lamp
And it was for me called “Kids Sea Camp”

It taught me to appreciate everyday life- the glowing lamp
For tomorrow the brightness called life may go damp
It taught me to be amazed by the grandeur every day
Like a passing manta ray
It taught me not to turn away from life’s hurdles
Like becoming a certified diver at age twelve or
Like avoiding becoming a shark’s meal as do sea turtles

It taught me to take the time to appreciate
the little things which are so easily missed
Like the smell of fresh flowers in spring that
Can bring you so much bliss
Or like a carpet of garden eels which if you
Do not look down to see
You would pass over them and miss the
Almighty glee.

It taught me to work hard and cherish my accomplishments
Like my career, family and friends
Kids Sea Camp influenced all of this as it provided me with vision
Like a shark who is all but blind can hunt as if on a mission

It taught me how very precious is life
To capture and hold onto each moment in my brain
As if from a SeaLife camera picture frame
As I look back I am so grateful
How bright has burned my lamp
Thank you Margo, Ron and Kid’s Sea Camp!


Bliss was watching the world cup on Sunday after a great day of diving. Sadness was watching Arie and his beloved Netherlands lose in the waning minutes. Sorry Arie but Spain was the better team!

Happiness is watching your two daughters grow into two beautiful young women while they develop their love for the sea and all of its wonderful attributes. I hope that they can help the old man and old lady when they are unable to reach down and put on their own fins!

This is our fourth year in the sun with Margo and her vision of a week of family, new found friends and what we are all here for… Diving, drink and food…. Not always in that order.

The week has memories of fun and adventure. A swim through the tunnel where the body was ill equipped to fit through the ensuing passage and the resulting blood and skin  left behind on the jagged coral ledge. Ooh. That really hurt! Watching your daughter, the seal, jump in with her mass of jacket, hoses, fins and mask and marveling at the patience of the instructors. One cannot say enough about their attention to detail.

As we reflect through four years of Caribbean family diving adventure, one has to believe that our family has grown from the experience. Sea sickness in Curacao made for a more hearty soul. One cannot forget diving with dolphins in Roatan and being free from Radio, TV and the ubiquitous Blackberry. Bonaire is my favorite. Driving the pickup to each site along the road, Klein Bonaire and watching the baby turtles make their first foray into the sea and some of the most beautiful sunsets. Cayman for the turtles, stingrays, and magnificent blue water. But especially for our friends the Brits and their wonderful use of the English language. What will I do when I return to work on Monday and fail to hear, “Hello Mate. Ready to dive today?”

We look forward to many more years in the sun. Maybe the South Pacific. Maybe Bonaire again. Or maybe some newly discovered destination and the excitement of chartering a new dive adventure for the family. Whatever the future has in stock, it will certainly include more waves, more sun and more fish. Remember, a family that dives together stays together.

By: The Shaw Family


We live in the Pacific Northwest,
And were all feeling quite stressed.
We needed a break,
A decision to make,
Which vacation choice is the best?

Water and beaches and diving and more,
With friendly people and sunshine galore!
An easy choice.
We all rejoice.
Kids Sea Camp’s the place we go for.

The kids are all having a blast,
And making new friends really fast.
They swim in the pool,
To try and stay cool.
And make lots of memories that last.

On Wednesday, poor Ryan fell in a hole!
Away to the hospital we urgently roll.
Nothing was wrong
The bones are quite strong,
His leg was unbroken and whole.

Our boat, Atatude, was something to see.
Our wonderful guides were Karl and Lee.
Who else did we get?
His name I forget!
Oh! Add Albert, and our guides make three.

Margo and Arie are great!
About Ronnie we’ll have to debate.
No double dipping?
What’s he been sipping?
But we love to watch him create.

The week’s almost over and we’re feeling bad,
The end of Kids Sea Camp is very sad.
There’s always next year,
Again we’ll come here.
And relive the great times the this year we’ve had.

By: The Bures Family



Enormous mushroom-like iridescent
Bubble emerge to the surface
Dispersing into an infinite number of
Perfectly irregular shapes.

I watch, perched from above as I
Observe my children exhaling raindrops
Of thoughts, dreams and emotions.

And for the first time, I don’t see the
People who they will become, but the
People that they are.

Indispensable parts of all that surrounds them,
Glorious creatures of the deep,
Guardians of the future.

But, no one is more fortunate than I.
The one who bears witness to the
Miracles below… millions of them
Dispersing into our being in perfectly irregular shapes.

By: Andy Fiest

KSC Belize Parent Poems Wk 2 2010


July 3- 10, 2010

Week 2- Grand Prize Winner!

Sang to the tune of “Gilligan’s Island”

Now sit right back and you will hear a tale, a tale of “Kids Sea Camp”, that started from the Port of Belize, upon the good ship Bella.                                  

Margo is a mighty “Diving Mom”, her instructors brave and sure. Sixty three passengers that sail that day for a seven day tour. A seven day tour.

The weather had already been rough the week before, so the tiny ship sailed smoothly. If not for the great “Turneffe Island Staff”, the customers might be lost. The customers might be lost.

The ship docked neatly on the shores of this an exclusive island resort.

  • With Margo…, and her staff…
  • The “camera guy” (Fraser) and his wife (Tracy)
  • The “Magazine Girl” (Linda)…
  • The X Banker (Matt), and Nanette…

Here at “Kids Sea Camp”……

By: The MacDonald Family


 “Our 5th Attempt”

It was a musty and cold Saturday in September
and we could not believe we would soon face winter
So we booked again with Margo for the 5th time
while enjoying a few Corona’s with lime

Because we knew Belize would be hot
And enjoyable and fantastic I bid you not
Kids Sea Camp took Marie from SASY to SEAL
And Junior Open Water Looked like a sweet deal

Cause we share a passion for diving that never ends
Once again new people became our friends
Matt and Nannette, you were awesome teachers
But don’t follow Matt while tubing, you look at disasters

We keep telling people our awesome experience
But you we believe you must live it, so it will make sense
Eagle Rays and Sea Turtles are terrific
But there’s much more to Kid Sea Camp’s magic

Because over the years, we have met the McKees
The Shaffers, the Velasquez, to name a few
We say to all of you “Thank You” for this special week
And to Turneffe Island Resort whose valet diving was so chic

Evan though it was our 5th year
We still can’t write it good enough and clear
And first place will sure elude us
That is why our luggage is close to the bus

Nannette, Margo and Matt, thank you again for the memorable vacation
We are sure to come again to a wonderful destination.

By: Liz, Marie-Eve, JP


Two years ago we went to Grand Cayman
Turned our son into a SEAL,
And said “how does that feel”

He replied “I like it a lot….
Is that all you’ve got? “ 

So now that he’s 10 here we go again,
Having a ball so far away from it all

The Resort has been great
And oh man all that we ate
The drinks, the people – all were the best
Evan managed to sneak in a little bit of rest
But the reason we’re here,
Of course it is clear

Dad loves to dive, says it makes him feel alive
Now my boy is a diver too, what’s a mother to do?
We couldn’t be prouder, couldn’t say it any louder

So I’m sure we’ll be back, another time or three
To new island paradises, how great will that be?

By: The Turners


Kids Sea Camp to Belize
Was just not for mezz
It was for my childs
hoping they would not get too wild

Thanks to Margo
for not booking us to Fargo
We love Turneffe Island Resort
for keeping the kids at the pool fort

And one thing is for sure
you can Belize it
We all came as strangers
But we are leaving as friends

By: The Pigg Family


Starfish are yellow
And sting rays are mellow

The ocean is calm
like sea life rest in your palm 

Diving is cool
Kids Sea Camp rules!



Sea Life Cameras never stop
If you forget to clip them on
They float straight to the top

By: Vanessa Clark


Oh! we are divers.
Our hair is sea weed
Our ears are made of clam shells
And they flop in strong currents 

Oh! gosh a reef shark
We are tough as turtles
We are the kids from
Kids Sea Camp….hey!

By: Matthew Family


So came the day we decided on
Our yearly adventure
We knew no Theme Park, water park,
Water slide or magic make-believe land
Would be in our future 

Kids Sea Camp was the obvious choice.
It was clear in everyone’s voice
Reservations were made and the gear was all set
We were ready for our latest adventure yet

So early we wake up and rush to the airports
I pray they didn’t forget to pack in my dive shorts
To our dismay the lady at the counter said
“Guess what folks your flight was cancelled just now

No way we said, we have to get to Belize today
Not tomorrow or later, please let us know how?
An alternate route was planned so by bus to Chicago we’ll go.
They fly to Houston from there don’t you know?

In Chicago the Ticket Agent said; “I don’t think you’ll make it” as she typed on the keyboard ever so slowly.
I said; “hurry up with the typing lady and don’t think so lowly” 

So we rush to the gates clutching wallet, cell phone & belt.
I was so shaken & nervous I started to welt.

Finally we get to Belize; our luggage was missing,
So again with the fear and the loathing.
No worries said the crew, it’s in the last container
that they were still unloading.

So at last we make it to the ferry boat
We made it just in time.
We make it to Turneffe Island Resort
Oh so cool and sublime.

So to Kids Sea Camp we say we’re glad to be here
With Blue Hole diving, excellent food,
Great friends old and new, we couldn’t
Help but cheer.

With dive lessons, tubing rides &
Hermit crab races
You couldn’t help notice all the big
Smiles on all the kid’s faces.

And now as it ends we sit and
Think, what about next year?
No sweat, we’ll do it all again
To dive with sharks in Palau
No fear.

By: Joe Abadsantos


Vacations are a time of family renewal.
Children have their parents all to their own and don’t feel they are being cruel.

KSC is that perfect venue to achieve all that and more
Parents get to relax, without much chore 

Kids get to explore
a whole new world

Parents get to indulge in their favorite vocation.
While not feeling like they have to kill their kids by suffocation.

Leave it to Margo to make it all happen
You can probably get it all booked without even robbing Wells Fargo 

New destinations all over the map
So get on board and don’t get caught taking a nap.

You’ll want to come back year after year
Much to everyone’s cheer.

By: Benjamin Schaffer and Stephanie Van Zandt


2010 SASY

SASY SASY what can I say
We have the best adventures every day
We snorkel with dolphins that was so cool
with Annalise, Rordon, Lilly and Amberleigh
How much better could a child’s life be
With Angela, Olivia, Bev, Brook and Me
We have a treasure hunt with real money,
And ran around hunting on a white sand beach that’s very sunny
We hope Ronnie will be proud
Athough Margo does not bark or bite or yell out loud
She brings canvas and paint and did her best
To laugh and giggle and dot alot just like Rogest
We had so much fun
And we are sorry the summer is done
We will not shed a tear
Because we know we will see you all next year.

Big hugs to all my SASY’s… Thanks for sharing your summer with me.

Margo Peyton