KSC Grand Cayman Parent Poems 2007

We’ve traveled here from far & wide,
To experience Grand Caymans underside.
The ocean here is ever so blue,
With turtles, eels & a shark or too.

It’s great to experience Kids Sea Camp again,
Everyone’s having fun & learning all they can.
Rogest brought his paints & canvas,
To bring out the artist in all of us.

We’d like to thank the staff & crew,
For making this week a dream come true.
Tomorrow we head out to Stingray City,
It’s our last dive this week & that’s a pity.
No worries, best wishes, it’s been great
We hope to see you’ll in 2008

SPENCER

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I came to Cayman to have fun
All beneath the beautiful blue sun
To dive each day beneath the sea
The sharks, the rays, the fish & we
When I see all the colorful fish
To stay even longer is my wish
We set free a turtle named Dipper
#339 was the tag on his flipper
We hope we see him again someday
With him we will swim & play
The days were long but filled with fun
We were tired & burned from the hot sun
Friends were made & fish we saw
Some day we hope to see them all
This poem is long & really bad
But we will always remember the fun we had

KEN ZIESEMER & HALEY

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Our dreams come true…

To McKinna & Riley

To see the light that is in your eyes
When you emerge from the ocean blue.
There really should be no surprise
As we have felt it too.
For many years your Mom & I
Have known it to be true
Our love of the ocean is a gift passed on
From us to both of you.
Our hearts are full of love & pride
As we watch you grow & learn.
Our love of the ocean we can always share.
You make our dreams come true
From Mommy & Daddy

JAMES GOURLEY

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Diving is fun, diving is cool, but paint with Rogest & your wife will leave you!
This may seem extreme, & may seem bad,
but 2 hours of painting makes her not so mad!
Rogest is the man & volunteers his time, but keeping her from downtown shopping makes me a big fan! She comes back covered in paint & happy on her face,
Rogest shirt matches, but it must be coincidence!
This must not be right, but $4,500 for her first painting…Who cares

MONTGOMERY MCKEE

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Grand Cayman is fun as was Curacao the blast
Kids Sea Camp is #1, we’re here at last.
The kids are excited same as us,
6 months of planning everyday past is a plus.
We counted our days one by one
Till the day we arrived to begin our fun.
The kids can’t wait to get in the water,
But little they knew I threw in my daughter.
The Sasy’s, the Teens & even the Seals
Have the biggest smiles from head to heels,
A week of fun they will never forget
& I hope next year will be better yet.
Almost time to go home but no long faces
Because thanks to Margo, we can visit new places.

BRUCE OLSON

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You’ll find us at the Cobalt Coast,
Arie is your gracious host.
This pretty resort sits on Cayman’s northern tip-
The destination of our summer trip.

Dive Tech is our pro dive shop,
A small & very well run shop.
Nancy & Eleanor, Steve, Lee & Josh:
The staff are just great, it’s really quite posh!

The dives we take are cool, blue & gorgeous,
We all want to see who can I.D. more fish!
Hepp’s Wall, Round Rock, Doc Polsun, Chain Reef-
We dove each of these & hated to leave!

Who saw a ray, a lobster, a shark?
Dipper the turtle no more at the park….
Tiny gobies, so bright, Rock beauties & more,
We try to I.D. them back at the shore!
Whose computer is noisy, whose weight belt fell off?
Whose rebreather sounds like a Star Trek take off?

SYLVIA CUMMINGS

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Rotten Ronnie is such fun,
He rants & raves,
& generally misbehaves.
But we love him for his eccentric ways.

He teases,
But always pleases.
Dot by dot, day by day,
He starts each day a lovely way.

DEBBIE LAWES

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There once was a man named Rogest,
Who everyone thought was a pest.
He taught all the tots,
How drawing with dots,
Might help them to become all the best!

JOSH SOHMER

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ODE TO MY DAUGHTER

My daughter is just like me,
She loves to go diving under the sea.

Ocean encounters are so much fun,
Underneath the big, big sun!

Fish & fish galore
Swimming above the ocean floor.

Things to do & things to see,
It’s a fishy world around me.

I see dolphins in the ocean,
Putting on some sun-tan lotion!

Fish always seem to be school
Swimming in a great big, blue pool.

Sunlight filtered through the water
Where, oh where is my daughter?

Suddenly I see my daughter,
Getting her C-card & graduating under water!

Now we have a new Sylvia Earle
To explore & find the ocean’s pearls!

– By: KAREN ATTAWAY

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BY THE SEA KIDS VERSION POEM #2

By the sea, by the beautiful sea.
I’ve come here to see what’s under the sea.
Of turtles & lobsters & undersea urchins,
To tarpon & tuna, we just keep on search’in
We dove in the morning, we dove twice a day
We dove so much, we even saw a ray
We dove with our buddies & all our friends too
We had so much fun, how I wish I brought you!
We hope to return one day to this beautiful place.
A place to preserve & to share with the whole human race.

– By: JOE ABAD SANTOS

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DOTS DOTS & THE DEEP BLUE SEA

Dots, dots & the deep blue sea
Turtles released so they can swim free
Watching crabs crawl
Diving deep on the wall
Watching kids take their first breath
Getting ready to dive in the depth
Diving at night
Pitch black, no light
Colors of coral seen
Makes your senses keen
Artists are budding young & old
Maybe some paintings will be sold
Spending a lot of time outside
Taking a submarine ride
Making many a new friend
With letters & e-mails to send
Dots, dots & the deep blue sea
Kids Sea Camp is the place to be!!!!

– By: DENICE TAPPERO

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OCEAN GRANDEUR

Hustle & bustle of busy lives left behind
Water & silence envelops me as I drop slowly & calmly into the sea
I greet the busy sea creatures inhabiting the coral tops
Little cities of color, darting about, oblivious to my visit.

– By: CAROL SINK

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Morning coffee-black brew
Hurry to eat-too early
Gear checks-octopus, BC, fins
Computers on
Bungee off
SPLASH
Cool blanket surround
Weightless floating
No worries
Beauty surrounds
Porgy, grunt, dog snapper, schoolmaster, angelfish
Tarpon, stingray, turtle
Jawfish up-down-up-down
5 at 15
Sun, dry
Dock, lunch, heat, Caybrew

– By: LESLIE MCCLINTICK

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Saphira swims in the deep blue sea.
She wishes for a pair of knees
& then that night she finds a coin
She dropped that coin & it went bong
& then she got her knees & then she goes to sea

– By: GRAYSON

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PASSIONS

Priorities change
We rearrange
Children come
We’re on the run
Memories are faint
Of poetry & paint
Years have passed
Since I dove last
Passions rest
But we are blessed
Family vacations
For his recreation
Bring us here
To waters clear
With happy glow
I watch him grow
He wants his space
I find my place
Now its me
My time is free
Poetry & art
Even I take part
Rested then energized
Life is revitalized
People I meet
Make evenings complete
I get the urge & dive
Old passions thrive

– By: LINDA DARNELL

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The Precious Sea

The sea, the precious sea
With lobsters, crabs, coral, fish, turtles, jelly fish, stingrays, & sea urchins
In the wonderful sea that you can see.

– By: ANNA ABAD SANTOS 7 years old

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Ruby the Shark

Ruby swam in the deep blue sea
All alone without company
She wished & prayed for a pair of feet
That would take her out & set her free
To walk & run amongst the woods & trees

– By: ANNE BLAIR

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Cobalt Coast is the best
Dive Tech & crew do the rest
Kids have fun all day long-
With Kids Sea Camp you can’t go wrong

– By: R. PARKER

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DOTS

Dots
Tiny specs of color
Under guidance of the artist
Working together they take shape
Oh what a beautiful picture they make
You & I
We are the dots
Every one counts
The artwork would not be complete without us.

– By: LINDA K DARNELL

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At the opening supper, Rogest
Came across as quite a pest,
With his British accent
He came & he went
So we entered his silly contest.

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ODE TO MARGO

Margo,
our introduction to KSC was Curacao
So our expectations were quite high that you know
We arrived in the Caymans form the North cold & white skinned
After 1 day cold had turned to heat & white to pink
& what do we have to say about KSC
Well Margo Steve & Zelda kudos to you
Cause Marie Eves’s eyes are even more blue.
So it has to end, like all good things must
But to future destinations we look to with trust
Roatan, Fiji Or Curacao, we don’t yet know
But rest assured we are good to go:

– By: MARIE-EVE, ELIZABETH & JEAN-PIERRE

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We came to Cayman just a short week ago,
Now sadly it’s time to pick up & go.
We dived the great walls & swam with the rays
We ate, we drank, & partied for days.
Sea Camp is about kids, it’s about scuba no doubt
But building character & forming great friendships, is what it’s most about.
There’s Bruce & his wife, such a handsome pair
She darns pink swim, while he dives with “great flare”
Bob & Holly, they make an odd pair
They dive, they play, & the wife doesn’t care!!
& then there’s our French pair, she takes care of the kids
While he serves tea in a speedo, which we hope never tears!
Elizabeth & JP, the boys from Jersey’s favorite pair
Who rev up their scooters & scare all the fish on that reef way out there.
Dive tech & Javin provided great care, but to those who come after please heed our advice, if you seek out a night dive of Javin beware!!!!
And so as we all pack our gear & prepare to depart
Lets not forget the person who brought this about
Lets give a cheer & a great big scuba hug
MARGO we all thank-you from the bottom of our hearts

– By: HECTOR VELASQUEZ

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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“Ronnie”

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

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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

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By: The McClintock-Sink Family

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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!

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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

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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

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Bubbles

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