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How old do my kids need to be to participate in a Kids Sea Camp week?

Our family weeks have Ocean programs and activities for kids from age 4 to 16.  At the age of 16 kids enjoy diving with adults and other kids as well as participating in the many other adventures and tours offered.

How much does kids Sea Camp cost to attend and whats included?

Our family weeks include 7 nights, all meals, diving and activities, as well as dive gear and course materials for kids.  Our programs are staffed with PADI dive instructors and Dive Masters.  The ratios that we have in place are for the safety of our kids.   Kids Sea Camp uses 1 instructor for every 2 kids in a PADI course under the age of 12.  Over the age of 12 is one with 4 and with all certified kids diving and not in a course, its 1 with every 5 kids in the water.

We provide naturalists, specialists, and educators throughout the week that offer workshops, specialties and other programs.  Each week includes a multitude of giveaways, that included some of the following:Tote bags, T-shirts, Hats, apperall, dive gear, cameras, PADI Diving Society memberships, certification cards, books and all course materials, treasure hunts etc.  Items change based on locations and sponsors.   Please see each individual destination link on our home page and go to the package link to see what is in included.

Pricing varies by destination based on the currency of that country.  It also varies depending on the number of persons in your family, the courses chosen and the number of divers or non divers and also the room choice you make.  Kids Sea Camp destinations offer 1, 2 and sometimes 3 and 4 bedroom villas, garden views, Ocean views and Ocean front rooms.  Your price is determined by these factors.   We are always happy to provide a quote or you can also click on the rates tab from our home page and all our rates are posted.

Do I need to speak English to attend a Kids Sea Camp week?

Yes.  All our instructors and staff speak English.

Can I dive with my child during the week or  do they go one way and I go another and we meet up at the end of the day?

Yes you can dive with your certified child through out the week.  We are in promotion of family time, and encourage adults and kids to dive together.  In most of our locations, such as Bonaire or Grand Cayman you can jump of the dock any time with your kids.  In most of the locations if a parent wants to jump on the kids boat, with a days notice its not a problem.  Keep in mind, we do not allow kids to dive on the adult boats for safety reasons.   Adult divers have different depth profiles than kids do.  So If your child is not 15 or older and is not certified to 100th ft, he or she will not be able to dive on the adult boats.  In Yap and Palau and Costa Rica, we have 2 tank morning dives where parents dive with adults and kids get to dive with other kids their own age and family diving is in the afternoon.   In the Galapagos, every dive is a family dive as its a liveaboard and we are all diving shallow profiles as a family.  Adults that want to do adult dives in the Galapagos also have the option to do that if they wish it will be arranged for instructors to go with the kids.   Kids Sea Camp provides a fun filled week of activities for adults and kids, there is plenty of time together and apart.  Those parents that want to just go off and dive, can.  We have the kids in check and they will be having a better time than you.

What if my child is a new diver and is not as good as the other kids?  How will you deal with the different levels of experience?

It is very important for parents and kids to give us this information so that we can make your child comfortable.  This is most important and we are happy and ready to add instructors on when needed. All kids will start the week with a quick review and a buoyancy dive.  During the week kids will dive within their comfort levels.  There are 40ft profiles for JR. Open Water divers, and 60 ft profiles for JR. Advanced divers.  Each child will be part of a buddy team and with a PADI Professional.  Again safety is number 1  and fun is number 2, we do a great job of both.

 

Has there ever been a dive accident with an adult or child participating in a Kids Sea Camp week?

NO Kids Sea Camp Family Dive Adventures has contributed to over 4200 PADI certifications and we are very proud to say we have had ZERO accidents in 11 years of business.   We attribute this to the fantastic team of PADI professionals we work with around the world.  It takes a team and patient and understanding parents to make this work.  We love what we do, we love our children and between the mandates that PADI has put in place, the fantastic organizations and Instructor staff that are employed and work with the PADI dive operators around the world that Kids Sea Camp chooses for Event weeks, we put safety first and our focus is on family.  Kids Sea Camp ads one more ingredient,  the mom factor.  Owner Margo Peyton one ups the regular standards by adding in some of her own common Spence parenting 101 philosophies.  Its not about making money, its not about numbers, its about keeping kids and families safe and giving them experiences and memories to last a life time.

How do I find out more as a parent if I have specific questions in relation to my own personal family, kids etc.?

Call and talk to Margo.  She loves to speak to parents, grand parents even kids.  She is happy to answered all and any of your questions and concerns.  She is well traveled, a PADI dive instructor with over 3500 dives herself, she is a mom, and enjoys sharing her experience.

What do I need to know about airport check in and security?

Airport Tips
We all know that airports can be a hassle these days but a little planning and preparation can make a big difference. Try these tips to help you breeze right through.

Before Your Trip
Check your itineraries for seat assignments and make any ticket changes you need. 
Handle any special needs you might have before you get to the airport. 
Check to make sure the contact information we have for you is right. 
Take care of passports, visas, and any important papers you might need way ahead of time. 
Review our Check-in Options to see which is best for you 
Use our online Check-in tool and self-service kiosk to avoid long lines at the airport. 
Know the check-in requirements for your airport. 
Know the requirements for the security checkpoints where you’ll be traveling. 
Check security checkpoint wait-times and allow plenty of extra time for busy holiday periods. 
During Your Trip
Check the display screens and monitors in the airport to find your gate. 
Arrive at the gate early with your boarding pass and e>ticket receipt. 
Keep an eye on the gate display screens that we have in most airports. 
Listen closely for announcements at the gate. It might be important stuff. 

How should I pack my bags and valuables?

Baggage Tips
No one wants lost or damaged luggage. Here are some tips to help you and your luggage have an effortless trip. 

Before Your Trip
Put your name and the phone number of your destination on the inside and outside of your bag. 
Don’t wrap your gifts since all luggage is subject to inspection. 
Travel light when you can. Try bringing one carry-on bag that will fit underneath the seat in front of you. 
Don’t overstuff your bag. That makes it more likely to get damaged. 
Make sure your bags don’t have any straps or hooks sticking out that could get caught on something and damage your bag. 
Stay within the Baggage Allowance. 
Carry valuables, medication, and travel documents in your carry-on luggage. 
Pack anything that might leak inside an air-tight plastic bag. 
Know the rules for any of your stuff that might be considered Dangerous Goods. That includes what to do with those spare batteries. 
Know the requirements for the Security Checkpoints where you’ll be traveling. There are still restrictions on Liquids and Containers. 

 

 I am stressed about flying, what can I do to feel better?

 Before Your Trip
Here are just a few precautions you can take ahead of time:

Make sure your immunizations are current.
If possible, delay your trip if you’re not feeling well or are sick with flu etc.
If you’re prone to air sickness, ask for a window seat over the wing.
If you have any health questions, or if you suffer from a chronic ailment, motion sickness, or fear of flying, ask for advice from your physician. 
Reduce stress by allowing plenty of time to check in and reach your departure gate.
Always carry your medication with you—never pack it in baggage you’re planning to check.
Wear loose, comfortable clothing and shoes for your flight.
 

 During Your Trip
Here are a few things you can do to feel good while you’re flying:

Eat lightly during your flight.
Stay hydrated while you fly.
Leave room under the seat in front of you so you can stretch out your legs.
If conditions permit, try to stand up and walk around the cabin every once in a while.
 

 At Your Destination
Here are a couple of things to remember once you arrive:

Never purchase local medications unless you’re familiar with them.
Wear sun block and sunglasses and a hat in the tropics and at high altitudes.
Drink a lot of bottled water.
 

Where can I find information on Travel requirements/ medicine etc?

 Helpful Web sites
These sites offer comprehensive information about healthy travel:

Centers for Disease Control 
Travel Medicine 
U.S. Department of State

Tips for traveling abroad

Sign up for the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program so the State Department can better assist you in an emergency: Let us know your travel plans through the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program, a free online service at https://travelregistration.state.gov. This will help us contact you if there is a family emergency in the U.S., or if there is a crisis where you are traveling. In accordance with the Privacy Act, information on your welfare and whereabouts will not be released to others without your express authorization.

Sign passport, and fill in the emergency information: Make sure you have a signed, valid passport, and a visa, if required, and fill in the emergency information page of your passport.

Leave copies of itinerary and passport data page: Leave copies of your itinerary, passport data page and visas with family or friends, so you can be contacted in case of an emergency.

Check your overseas medical insurance coverage: Ask your medical insurance company if your policy applies overseas, and if it covers emergency expenses such as medical evacuation. If it does not, consider supplemental insurance.

Familiarize yourself with local conditions and laws: While in a foreign country, you are subject to its laws. The State Department web site at http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1765.html has useful safety and other information about the countries you will visit.
 

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