How kids sea camp enriched my life
Kids Sea Camp has been the greatest family adventure vacation I have ever been a part of. It is scuba diving trips for families that love the ocean and love to travel.
It’s like nothing else I have ever experienced. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing young kids learn to dive with their parents and siblings. These trips have enriched and changed my life greatly because I have become a more confident diver and grown so much closer to my own family.
One way KSC has enriched my life is by improving my diving skills with each trip. My first family event was Grand Cayman where I learned proper buoyancy techniques and how important being a role model for marine conservation is. I signed up for a digital photography course, which focused on good buoyancy, as well as the PADI rescue diver course to improve my first aid skills and be a better dive buddy.
In 2016, I became a PADI PRO dive master during the Buddy Dive Bonaire KSC event. I learned the science behind diving, how to guide underwater, how to assist divers in distress and how to teach it all.
The second way KSC has enriched my life is through the friendships I have made around the world with the staff instructors, guest speakers, educators and, of course, traveling families.
I am 18 years old, and there have always been other divers my age to dive and hang out with, and I really enjoy scuba diving with my own family. The memories that have left lasting impressions in my mind are countless.
In Fiji, Tom Peyton and I had the best time after shark diving. We would entertain families in the afternoons with volleyball; in the evenings, I played the guitar and Tom sang which got everyone else singing and dancing too.
My favorite KSC instructor is Woody Tinsley; he is hilarious and makes learning fun. Woody invented the Zombie Apocalypse course and was my PADI dive master instructor. I learned how to teach my dive skills and give dive briefings perfectly. Woody is the kind of instructor I hope to be one day. He is just one of a great team of fun and friendly professionals to learn from. I can honestly say some of the greatest people I have ever met are at Kids Sea Camp.
I have grown closer to my own family through these diving and traveling experiences. On our first trip, my sister had never dove and was afraid. She did not want to learn how to dive. I was able to help her overcome her fears. Now she is a certified diver. Our whole family looks forward to diving together and planning our next KSC trip.
The best way these experiences have enriched my life is how special it is in my eyes to be able to dive with my little brother Jason. He has a passion for the sport just like the rest of our family, and there is no better feeling in the world than to teach someone his age to dive. Jason was 9 for our Palau trip and a PADI Seal. Per Margo’s safety record at KSC, the Seal Team has a special waiver with Margo to dive Ulong and Sam’s Tours Dock.
We would normally have had to split up our family and not be able to include Jason. At Kids Sea Camp, we are able to dive as a family.
Not only has diving enriched my life, but also the lives of my entire family. Any family can clearly see dive travel is like attending a living classroom. I think KSC is the greatest family vacation in the world! Families unplug from electronics and reconnect to each other through the adventure, diving, and fun. I am grateful for my family and the memories my parents create with us.
I wish there were more people like Tom and Margo (owners of Kids Sea Camp) because they make the world a better place for families. This year Jason will get certified in Cayman Brac and our entire family will be divers.
Margo has a passion for teaching kids and parents how to dive together safely. I will continue to dive and travel with my family and hopefully become a PADI dive instructor, so I can change lives too.
By James Devinney