2015 Parent poems

 

 

St. Lucia 2015:

Kids sea camp 2015

(Narrator)
We have mixed Henry Rollins, frank Zappa, and Kurt Vonnegut to present this
suite.
(Ahem).
This is the central organizer.
We begin our story with a mild mannered family from Midwest suburbia.  The
smith family consists of the father Floyd, who puts in 8 to 5 as an
accountant. The matriarch breanna smith is a door to door makeup salesman
who also runs the household.  Elder son aiden smith is an all star high
school athlete who texts his high school sweetheart Buffy nightly.  And
finally the youngest Alex smith just started his gig as a part time foot
model.  The smiths have saved their Michigan 10 cent bottles for the year to
take their dream vacation at kids sea camp on the mystic island of St Lucia
in the West Indies.  We now take you through their adventures as told from
the tongue of Brenna smith.

(Brenna)
Long long long travel first day
We made it just after sunset to Anse Chastenet

Day one of diving Was a bit hectic
But it all got better when aiden saw an eagle Ray

For Alex Sunday was his first ocean dive ever It was exciting for him to see
an eel For Mom and Dad 3 dives in one day was a steal

***new  movement ***

Monday brought more diving specifically at Turtle Reef It’s not known for
turtles but two turtles were spotted Even the divemasters were in disbelief

But Monday didn’t end there the smiths went rogue Headed down the road of
death for some zip line express!
Dad that’s a mango tree not Mahogany tree get guitars off your head

*new movement*

Day 3 was Tuesday brought a sea horse for us to see We cannot forget we had
garden eels too.  They may be small but they are cool Teen boat had
stonefish and flounder abound Floyd and I  went jungle biking and I fell on
the ground

Movement

Hump day!  Hoot hoot! We had so much fun Floyd and Brianna went kayaking
before lunch and only one oops plunge That was Floyd!
 By afternoon parents got a frog fish it was as yellow as yellow can be And
because everyone has their favorite snail.  Floyd got flamingo tongues
galour The kids went jungle biking and hit an extreme trail Good thing they
had helmets Alex went over the handle rails

Movement

(Narrator)
The smith family adventures pause on Thanksgiving day, where oddly enough
the local French creole culture has prepared an American traditional
thanksgiving dinner for lunch…and doubly oddly enough have arranged for an
American football game to be played in the local town colleseum.  We return
to the tales of the smith matriarch.

(Brenna)

Thursday Turkey day.  Or should we say 7 – 7 tie football game day
Competition was high but fun and sun was in the air In the end all was well
and even got the Lee Family photo done And do we mention Detroit Lions won
and the Cowboys lost…no Romo savior today!

Movement

Friday family dive day and we finished our vacation on a high note First
Pinnacles with both a small and large porcupine fish Then on to Turtle Reef
for none other than 2 turtles again!

Movement
(Narrator)
Kids Sea Camp provides a week for families to be families And enjoy a really
cool activity of diving Thanksgiving week is the holy triumvirate Kids Sea
Camp Anse Chastenet And Scuba St Lucia thumbs up we say We hope everyone
here had a fantastic Vaca!

Fiji Bequa Lagoon resort Kids Sea Camp week 2015

Song by: Kimberly O’Young (Molkentin)
Let Us Dive – Fiji style. (sung to the tune of a Disney hit, Frozen’s “Let It Go”)
1).
Moonlight glitters cross The ocean at night
An eagle ray glides along on its wing
The sea is alive with creatures
And Old Neptune is their King
The waves are rolling, but the fish don’t really care
They’re quite content in. their A qua-tic lair
The gobi fish play hide and seek
Look quickly in the sand and take a peek
Ribbon eels are  black but then turn blue
It’s true.
Chorus:
Let us dive, Let us dive
With Kids Sea Camp in Fiji
Let us dive, Let us dive
In the West Pacific Sea
We love the corals and anem o ne
But the water’s cold
When diving in Fiji
You’ll wanna pee and pee
2)
Barracuda, sharks and turtles
Make Everything seem small
What used to be so scary
Now doesn’t frighten me at all
Teeming with life and vibrancy
The ocean’s secrets, now revealed to me
Fish swim and play, no boundary-
They’re free
Chorus:
Let us dive, Let us dive
With Kids Sea Camp in Fiji
Let us dive, Let us dive
In the West Pacific Sea
The shark dive rocks
Every one agrees
But The water’s cold
When diving in Fiji
You’ll wanna pee and pee
3)
Explore a sunken boat wreck
From the bow down to the stern
See the    colorful soft corals
Explore and you will learn
How feathers and anemone
Now call the boat their home
for all to see.
A beautiful sight
When you dive Fiji…
Chorus:
Let us dive, Let us dive
With Kids Sea Camp in Fiji
Let us dive, Let us dive
In the West Pacific Sea.
Our favorite site were the corals At Fantasy
But the  water’s cold
When diving in Fiji
You’ll wanna pee and pee
4)
Visit nemo’s garden
There’s not much down below
But you’ll see some magic coral
An electric clam will glow
Safety stop atop at twenty feet
Surge across the middle of clownfish beat
See some popcorn shrimp
A nudibranch or two
Woo hoo!
Chorus:
Let us dive, Let us dive
With Kids Sea Camp in Fiji
Let us dive, Let us dive
In the West Pacific sea.
Corals and anem. O ne
The water’s cold
When diving in Fiji
You’ll wanna pee and pee
5)
Take me on a shark dive
To cathedral there and back
Mind the choppy waters
Watch your head so you don’t get whacked.
The current there is very great
But the shark dive rocks,
Just don’t tempt fate
Sil very  remora swim round and round
As sharks come to ground
Chorus:
Let us dive, Let us dive
With Kids Sea Camp in Fiji
Let us dive, Let us dive
In the West Pacific sea.
The shark dive’s cool,
Every one agrees
But The water’s cold
When diving in Fiji
You’ll wanna pee and pee
6)
Chum the site with fish heads
So big sharks will know      to come
We want bull sharks, lemons and tigers
Cuz seeing them is fun.
Hump headed wrasse come over too
Plenty food for all the fish to chew
A huge feeding party in the sea
Brings the sharks to me.
Chorus:
Let us dive, Let us dive
With Kids Sea Camp in Fiji
Let us dive, Let us dive
In the West Pacific sea.
The shark dive’s cool,
Every one agrees
But The water’s cold
When diving in Fiji
You’ll wanna pee and pee

 

The peace of Kids Sea Camp

Even a non-diving mom loves Kids Sea Camp all year round

Allie Martin splashing in the surf on the shores of Anse Chastanet in St. Lucia.

Allie Martin splashing in the surf on the shores of Anse Chastanet in St. Lucia.

Article by Janet Martin, two-time Kids Sea Camp family and a non-diver

So, I wanted to tell you about two things that happened to me today that reminded me of Kids Sea Camp.  In fact, to be truthful there is really not a day that goes by that someone in our family doesn’t speak of Kids Sea Camp. 

It is now August 15, this morning when I woke up and went downstairs to the kitchen to make coffee, I looked out the window and what I saw were the subtle changes of the season.  The color of the water was different, the wind was blowing the trees differently and when I opened the door the air had a crispness to it and it smelled different — it smelled like fall! Ahh! I love fall, but, it means winter is just around the corner.  I am not a fan of winter. I try to embrace it but my thoughts always return to Kids Sea Camp. I think of Kids Sea Camp and I’m a non-diver, that’s how amazing the weeks are.

Isaac Martin enjoys his seal program at Kids Sea Camp St. Lucia.

Isaac Martin enjoys his seal program at Kids Sea Camp St. Lucia.

The second thing that happened was with my son.  We went to get the mail and he received an envelope from PADI!  He was beyond excited.  Enclosed was his PADI Seal Team card. His smile will be in my memories forever. He is a PADI Seal because of Kids Sea Camp.  Kids Sea Camp is special to us.  Perhaps that is why we think of it often.  Our children can now explore and experience things in life that before they would not have had the opportunity to do. 

My name is Janet Martin, my husband Tim and our two children Isaac (8) and Allie (5) would like to tell you about our experience with Kids Sea Camp.  It has taken me a long time to focus and figure out what Kids Sea Camp means to me. I have had a lot of thoughts go through my head, but I keep coming back to the word Peace. Kids Sea Camp means Peace to me.  Sort of silly I know, because you would not naturally put these two things together.

Our journey with Kids Sea Camp began with a desired need to get back into traveling.  After the long winters everyone has endured on the North East Coast.  We were looking for a vacation that we would be happy, comfortable, accommodating and of course, Tim has to dive. 

I will often read my husbands dive magazines (being a non-diver) to see what is happening in the dive world. I came across a Kids Sea Camp advertisement and said to Tim, “What do you think about this?  Should we call and see what this is about?”  (Keep this in mind, this is not something we would ever do.)  Curious and desperate to find a solution he called (I believe several times!).  We had a lot of questions.  The Martin’s are thoughtful and practical decision makers; we fail horribly in the “quick decision maker” department. 

So, in July 2013, The Martin’s did something they have a hard time doing — we took a leap of faith and went to Grand Cayman at Cobalt Coast for the Kids Sea Camp experience, in return we got Peace. We finally got Peace. Kids Sea Camp literally changed our lives forever.  It was one of those, “Ah Ha” moments, or for some, one of those handful of moments that has affected them.  Corny, I know, but it’s true. 

When I arrived in the Grand Cayman for the first time, I still remember the feelings I had on the first morning.  I was amazed and in awe.  All that was going through my head was the fact that all of these kids do this with their families, they are happy, they get along and these kids can dive!  I want this for my children.  I want Tim to dive with Isaac and Allie.  I was getting more excited by the moment.

It amazes me still that kids can dive! I wanted this for my children so badly I was somewhat obsessed about it.  I spoke of diving and Kids Sea Camp all year to Tim.  I know he was tired of me talking about it.  But, I felt Isaac and Allie had found their “thing”.  Really, I was so happy.  We live in a small rural area with limited opportunities.  We essentially have to create opportunities for our children and this is an opportunity that I am glad we chose. 

Kids Sea Camp’s goal is to take care of you and everything was taken care of.  They provide a safe diving haven for families.  Everyone at Kids Sea Camp had the same goal for their families, this is something that we really appreciated.  We were so happy about this vacation that went back in 2014 and again to St Lucia in 2015. Tom and Margo Peyton secured the worries, which ultimately led to peace. 

Kids Sea Camp was run like a well-rehearsed orchestra.  I don’t know how else to describe it.  It was a beautiful weeklong masterpiece.  Everything just worked.  Every beat and note was perfectly in place.  Tom and Margo are constantly making sure everything was perfect. 

At the end of Kids Sea Camp in St Lucia at Anse Chastanet, Isaac, only eight, was able to have his first 12-foot dive with his instructor and his father.  WOW!  The thought makes me speechless and happy tears come to my eyes.  Allie was in the SASY unit looking and swimming with the resident reef fish.  Her week in St Lucia allowed her to find her “inner fish” and become even more passionate about animals and sea life.  Her happiness gives us peace. 

Kids Sea Camp has become (in our lives) this thing you do every year.  People need to go to the dentist, eye doctor, hairdresser, get new shoes, the Martins need to go to Kids Sea Camp.

For us, like every one, time is precious.  Vacation time for us is hard to get, so planning a vacation with our precious time is stressful. Kids Sea Camp has given us peace about our time. Peace, for our family, has come on many different levels.  Tim is able to go diving and not have the worry of me or the kids — I’m at peace.  He is under the water to escape from his mind and responsibilities — he’s at peace.  I know where my kids are and who they are with. Tim is diving, food is great, place is great — I’m at peace. The kids can come and go, eat drink, meet new friends, dive, play and learn —  we are all at peace.

Sometimes it is big moments that change our lives — births, deaths and marriages.  Sometimes it is people, weather or situations.  I can honestly say Kids Sea Camp is one of those moments for us.  The people we have met, the experiences all have contributed to the Peace we desired for our precious time.  Peace…it’s important, it will change your life…its good for you.

The Martin family, Tim, Janet and their children daughter Allie and son Isaac.

The Martin family, Tim, Janet and their children daughter Allie and son Isaac.

The Martin’s call their home in Wilsons Beach, Campobello Island, New Brunswick, Canada