What we do and how we do it
In 2000, Margo created Kids Sea Camp as a way to cater to families wanting to share their vacation experiences with each other or with other like-minded families. There was a huge need to assist families in the scuba diving community and Margo wanted to fill that need. She realized that many parents and grandparents wanted to take dive vacations with their families. They wanted beautiful destinations where the kids would be safe, have fun and be able to create memories that would last a lifetime. Kids Sea Camp provides all of this, we offer safe environments where families learn to dive and experience the underwater world together, a fun place to build friendships and bonds with other families from around the world.
Below is a list of family Divers Programs and Services
Facts and information: Kids Sea Camp is a sponsored PADI diving event. KSC is celebrated its 18th anniversary in 2018. With over 6,000 certifications, Kids Sea Camp and Family Dive Adventures is the fastest growing dive event for families. All of our dive operators are PADI operators. All instructors and Dive Masters are PADI certified, rescue trained and active teaching status.
Kids Sea Camp is a dive training and educational family event held at select PADI resort destinations around the world. Resorts and operators must meet certain requirements and standards for families to dive and learn in a safe environment, well within the guidelines and mandates set by PADI.
We have approximately 1,600 divers that come from all around the world to travel with us each year to different destinations. Generally, our group size can be from 20-50 kids and 25-60 adults.
Exclusive itineraries, exceptional service, amazing adventure and expert training.
Duration of trips: 7 nights with 6 days of diving and activities. Generally, arrival is on Saturday and departure is the following Saturday. Liveaboard weeks may differ, please check with one of our professional dive staff for detailed information.
Meals: Kids have breakfast with parents, lunch with dive staff and dinner with parents except for the pizza/movie night when parents or teens are participating in the night dive. This again may differ with liveaboards.
Family day: Thursday or Friday is the family day where all divers dive as a family. This also differs in some locations. Adults can dive with kids any day of the week with guided shore dives in select locations or even daily afternoon dives such as in Utila and Yap, contact us for more information.
The resort/dive operator provides staffing for the events. Kids Sea Camp hires the resort staff and dive operator staff, who then support KSC family weeks. 100% of the programs are run by dive operator and hotel staff, not Kids Sea Camp staff. The dive operator staff required includes PADI active dive master and instructor staff who will work with kids each day while they are involved with dive programs, normally while parents are out diving.
Our ratios for instructors and kids are generally 2 kids per instructor in a course for kids up to the age of 12. 12+ ratios are based on PADI standards such as 1 instructor with 4 kids in a course and with certified kids 1 instructor for every 5 kids not in a course.
Kids Sea Camp teaches kids to be responsible, safe and confident divers. We create adventures for families of all ages, sizes and cultural backgrounds. Here families can come together and embark on journeys to places they may never have dreamed of and in ways, they could have only imagined. At Kids Sea Camp parents and kids can dive safely and spend time together and apart.
Kids Sea Camp family weeks offer all PADI dive programs for kids. 15 of the PADI courses are ACA accredited (college credits)
Click on this link for a list of all PADI courses for kids
Padi programs are now offered online through eLearning. Go to PADI.com and click on eLearning to start your diving certification course now. Get the book work and tests out of the way and we will do the rest when you arrive. Click on Kids Sea Camp as your dive store.
Programs and services we offer at Kids Sea Camp
- Jr. Open Water Certification: Ages 10+ (scuba diving training for kids 10 and up) and our Teen Ocean Discovery program (advanced programs for certified divers, working on continued education and certifications).
SEAL TEAM: aspiring young divers ages 8+ (the first stage of scuba diving, experienced in an enclosed shallow environment)
The PADI Seal Team is for young divers who are looking for action-packed fun in a pool by doing exciting scuba AquaMissions. Have you ever wondered what it’s like to dive with flashlights, take digital pictures underwater or float effortlessly like an astronaut? These are AquaMissions that introduce you to wreck, navigation, buoyancy, underwater photography, environmental awareness and more.
Here’s your chance to do some cool stuff in the pool, meet friends and share in the adventure of the underwater world. The best part of the Specialty AquaMissions is they reinforce save diving skills while the kids are having fun. PADI Seals get to sample a wide variety of dives. In addition, it provides parents with a structured program that lets their children develop skills, learn about the aquatic environment and have a lot of good, clean fun. This is also an excellent way to introduce kids to scuba diving prior to a JOW certification.
The PADI Seal Team program is broken into two parts. The first part, Seal Team, consisting of AquaMissions 1 – 5, teaches kids the basics of diving – things like buoyancy control, mask clearing, regulator recovery, etc. Each young diver will attend two Seal Team sessions to complete all 5 AquaMissions. After building a solid foundation of scuba skills, kids move on to part two – the Master Seal Team. The Master Seal Team is full of specialty AquaMissions, which usually last about an hour. After attending 10 Specialty AquaMissions, the young diver earns their Master Seal Team certification.
PADI Seal Team Helps children learn responsibility Teaches children about the aquatic environment Is a fun experience conducted by certified, trained PADI Professionals
- SASY: Kids ages 5-7 (snorkeling), PADI Training programs from SASY age 5-7 (For more information on SASY click here)
JR. Advanced Open Water: Age 12-14
- Open Water Certification: For young adults ages 15+ along with a host of specialties offered for kids that are certified divers age 10-17.
- Rescue, Dive Master: All PADI specialties (Adults and Kids)
The Kids Sea Camp Family Diver!
PADI has approved its first Kids Sea Diver Specialty course. The certification developed by PADI and KSC founder Margo Peyton is designed to make families that dive together to become better dive buddies.
A KSC reboot, by going through the course a new Kids Sea Camp Diver will show mastery in both diving and be a well-trained and confident parent and child buddy team. Divers will have training and education in environmental stewardship and watermanship. There will be an emphasis throughout the course on safety, teamwork, and conservation.
The goals of the Kids Sea camp Diver distinctive specialty training
- Reinforcement of the “Good Buddy” principles and practices for adults and kids diving together.
- Refresh divers with basic signs and skills learned in open water courses as well as updated skills and changes to technique since their certification.
- Educate parents and adults about the benefits of continuing education in diving.
- Encourage interest in leadership roles that promote responsible diving and safer dive planning.
- Discuss local eco-issues and concerns, customs and traditions and how this has impacted the local environments. Example: overfishing, land run-off, plastic introduction, depletion of marine animals.
- Identify local environmental issues, discuss solutions and create awareness.
After almost a 20 years of helping and caring for your families and the ocean, we are encouraged that PADI has seen value in our goal to update and educate families to become better ambassadors of our underwater world.
Other PADI Specialties – Taste the fun and adventure
- Altitude Diver
- AWARE – Fish Identification
- AWARE – Coral Reef Conservation Diver
- Boat Diver
- Cavern Diver
- Deep Diver
- Digital Underwater Photographer
- Diver Propulsion Vehicle Diver
- Discover Rebreather
- Drift Diver
- Dry Suit Diver
- Enriched Air Diver
- Emergency Oxygen Provider
- Equipment Specialist
- Ice Diver
- Multi-level Diver
- Night Diver
- Peak Performance Buoyancy
- Rebreather Diver
- Project AWARE® Specialist
- Public Safety Diver™
- Search and Recovery Diver
- Sidemount Diver
- Underwater Naturalist
- Underwater Navigator
- Underwater Videographer
- Wreck Diver
- Distinctive Specialties
- Advanced Rebreather Diver
In addition to PADI dive courses, we offer marine art painting with local artists, guest speakers, and presenters. Marine conservation topics are scheduled throughout the week. Photo & Video clinics and free demo cameras with SeaLife, featuring the newest line of digital underwater cameras, are available with some packages. Poetry is also apart of our family time at the end of each week. Parents present a family poem and may receive prizes. Photo contest and sponsor supported treasure hunts are also part of our Kids Sea Camp program weeks.
Outreach programs with local kids: Contact us for training grants 1-803-419-2556
- Private Group or family travel planning, custom designed to meet specific needs: reunions, wedding, holidays, and anything a client can dream.
- Creativity workshops, motivational speakers, marine art programs, career day presentations
- Corporate incentive family weeks
- Custom designed private dive training programs for groups or individuals: Open Water through IDC can be arranged
- Inspirational and dive team building workshops
- Parent training courses, Parent/child training courses(PADI)
- Staff development: Working with and teaching kids, building your kids and family programs. (how too)
- Leadership and management training when working with kids.
Our partnered PADI dive operators encourage parents to be responsible and confident divers while diving with their children. During Kids Sea Camp, students are given multiple activities and the enthusiasm of a staff dedicated to teaching new and fun facts about the oceans. The learning takes place both in a classroom environment, as well as, with hands-on programs that teach age appropriate curriculums.
Curriculums: We will examine the similarities and the differences between fish and marine mammals, discussing shape, color, and texture of various marine life. We will identify space, color, and movement underwater while distinguishing the differences between animals with bones and without bones. Discussion topics include function morphology, marine habitats dazzling color, light, and motion.
We will answer questions and review best practices such as; What do sea creatures feed on? Are all animals friendly? What must animals do to survive? How can we help? And what can you do to protect the oceans and its environment?
Students will experience unforgettable moments while they have direct contact with animal replicas, such as dried bones and skin. A variety of fun activities and games aid in educational messages about the ocean.
Kids Age 5+
The wonderful world of invertebrates: Kids learn about anemones, jellyfish, and corals. Students learn how anemones fight off dehydration and what those weird tentacles are for.
The fantastic world of marine mammals: Youth learn about the way these once land animals adapted to an aquatic environment and learn about their mysterious and elaborate forms of communication. Did you know that sea otters are the only marine mammals that use tools? Did you know that sea turtles come out of the sea to lay their eggs?
Ocean Explorers: Participants learn about the oceans and how were they were formed? Come meet the animals that dwell in the ocean and learn how animals that live in the open water hide. See why pollution is so dangerous and understand how you can identify an animal by looking at its dead remains on a beach?
Kids Age 10+
Learn all about different animals and how they adapt to their environment. Compare shape, color and external features; a habitat’s temperature, sounds, and smells are fundamental while identifying their main characteristics, habitat and organism diversity; types of movement, rays, sharks, turtles and more; Types of coating; diversity in shape; different environments; diversity feeding and behaviors; reproduction; adaptation to environment. How do species behave when their environment changes? How species develop and change with human interaction? What can we do to conserve the oceans? Kids learn about the diversity of sharks and rays in a fun way. Their multiple shapes, their teeth, their skin, reproduction and even incidents with humans are all approached in interactive and positive ways.
Animal exploitation: We’ll explore how and why some ocean animals are being exploited and we’ll help kids learn what they can do to assist in conservation efforts.
Come play mathematics with us: It’s fun! Scuba math is part of our daily routines and we don’t even realize it. We use it to measure how much air our tanks hold, how bodies are affected at different depths, how much time we can spend diving at certain depths and how long a turtle can hold its breath.
The diversity of relationships between man and ocean: We will uncover human need that impacts on our oceans. Teens will learn about food chains and food webs.
Predators vs prey: Participants gain an understanding of the importance of predators, their role in keeping the balance of ecosystems and about their sneaky strategies to capture their prey!
Energy transfers along the food chain: We’ll discuss food chains predator/prey relationships and topic titles such as; To hunt or to be hunted: Man and marine life; Reproduction and survival of the species; The multitude of marine animals; Our responsibility to the ocean and Man’s interventions on the delicate balance of nature.
Please contact Kids Sea Camp for more information 1-803-419-2556
Family Dive Adventures is a division of Kids Sea Camp Inc.