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