Liveaboard diving for kids

2019 Socorro Islands Kids Sea Camp Liveaboard Diving Trip on the Rocio Del Mar

Kid Sea Camp, what a great start to my year
Something we all will remember and keep so deer
When I got on this boat there were three things that would determine my mood
And one of those things was the quality of the food
But as it turned out the food was astonishing
And that’s when I knew the trip would be promising
Another thing that I was worried about was the diving
Mainly getting on a boat with strong currents and actually surviving
Waking up at 6’oclock was not a great start
And putting on wet wetsuits was not my favorite part
But seeing Mantas, sharks, and dolphins expanded my mind
And put all my troubles far from behind
The life underwater I have witnessed my past 20 dives
Will stay with me for the rest of our lives.
The last thing that worried me the most
Was interacting with people and not acting like a ghost
But I didn’t need to ask people to be my friends or plead
Because apparently, you’re cool, if you play bs and speed
So by the end of this week, I had quite a blast
But the trip ended to quickly and definitely to fast
At the beginning of this week, I felt anxious and stressed
But I ended this trip thinking this week was the best

Poem By Hunter Hopkins

Bonaire Thanksgiving 2018 Poetry

The Divers Dream


Lloyd Kaufman

(Set to phrasing and lyrical styling of "the Gunner's Dream" by Roger Waters)

Floating down, to the ocean floor
Memories come rushing to great me once more.
But in the space between the corals
And the vis limit of the ocean blue
I had a dream
I had a dream

Dolphin culls
Plastic trash
Seems inevitable that many species are going to crash
With 24 hour news and documentaries singing the blues
We witness all the signs
And many still deny
But we hold on to the teachings of groups like PADI and kids sea camp
We take a surface breathe
And hold on to the dream

A place to swim
Good food to eat
A place where buddy dive allow all species safety on the reef
Where we can speak out loud
About our ocean fears
And no one will discount observable science with political rhetoric as we witness the beauty offered...above and below

We can relax
with surface interval to the max
Friends and family abound, common goals and good all around
And with all goodwill shown my mind is at ease
That our children will save the seas
All of our children will save the seas

Night after night
Going round and round my brain
This dream cannot be in vain
In the corner of this beautiful dive resort
The diver sleeps tonight.
What's done is done
We cannot just write off this final scene
Take heed of the dream
Take heed.

Thanksgiving 2018 Bonaire Roger Cruz


Roger Cruz

Thanksgiving in Bonaire with KSC was so cool,
And I got to skip 3 days of school.

My dad said it was a life lesson,
So I came tol get my advanced certification.

I met my instructors, Lars and Menno,
And quickly got some gear for a demo.

I learned to find directions,
With a compass and sea formations.
I also got a camera to try
And spend my dive as a spy
Some amazing shots were had
So you better watch out Brad!


My first night dive was quite exciting,
And nothing at all frightening.
My dad lent me his video light,
Which turned darkness into daylight.
Not happy was a moray eel,
hissing at me for how I made it feel.
So I turned down the brightness,
and used a red light for politeness,
Making happy the sea creatures
which now could sleep without seizures
Best of all, was beating my dad
By finding an octopus, a seahorse and a crab


After my dives, I met with my new friends,
To jump off the wall for rapid descends
Though we never touched the bottom
My dad constantly worried about hitting the rocks with our bottoms


Donkeys were fed some moldy bread,
but some wanted some fingers instead

The soccer match was run, run, run
But leaving behind the out-of-breath adults was so much fun


Woody, Woody, Woody leaves you guessing,
About his next underwater dressing.
Santa Claus and a tuxedo,
Maybe next time a torpedo?


Finally, I say thank you to Margo and Tom,
For making this vacation the bomb

Kids Sea Camp Palau 2018

Palau Poem


Diane Hughes

No Time for TV but,

The Plane, the plane

24 hours later,

Night of the Living Dead

Zombies disembark

Next Morning-

The love boat, oops, I mean, the dive boat at the dock.

Julie, aka, social director Marc

Sets the tone for the day with a smile.

Some need a bit of liquid courage but where is Isaac?

New season of Kids Shark Week begins.

Survivor Palau filmed here-

Kids Sea Camp survived Blue Corner, Uulong Channel & more

No tears or drama in this

Paradise, no commercials either

Only great new friends and wonderful memories.

Thank you Sam's & KSC.

Alii Belau


Nicholas Equitz

While in Belau our journey begins for some summer fun

Where the Rays can amaze whether manta or Sun

We had an awesome driver named Swell

He drove us downtown and treated us well

Papaya and Twix

for Greg will never mix

Kayak in the water to climb a tree,

but top we will never see

Half moon, full moon, blood moon

If you pay attention you will escape the hidden lagoon

Every day is a new surprise

Just after you see the sun rise

First you must start with a cup of coffee

Then you run down to the hotel lobby

When you have hunger after a triple dive

Enjoy a 10 course meal at Elilai (Ellie lie)

These 10 days are coming to a close

Which destination comes next - no-one knows

Kung Fu Diving


Lyle Ross/Alice Chen Family

Everybody was scuba diving

Those fish were fast as lightening

The sharks were a little bit frightening

Of mantas there were lots of sightings!

There were funky dive masters

In funky dive suits

They were taking me up

They were taking me down

It's an underwater art

And everybody knows their part

Swimming in pairs

While drinking in air.

Everybody was scuba diving

Those fish were fast as lightening

The sharks were a little bit frightening

Of mantas there were lots of sightings!

Bicycle Race by Queen - Scuba Version


Summer and Megan Geall

Kids Sea Camp! Kids Sea Camp, Kids Sea Camp!

I want to dive with Kids Sea Camp at Sams Tours in Palau.

I want to see some manta rays at the German Channel.

I say shark. You say “ray”.

I say “boat”. You say “bay”.

White tips were always my thing, and I do like starfish.

Kids Sea Camp! Kids Sea Camp! Kids Sea Camp!

I want to dive with Kids Sea Camp.

I want to dive right now.

I want to dive Kids Sea Camp, diving in Palau.

The best diving is coming your way, so forget about your troubles, oh yeah!

The Geall sisters are diving today, so look-out for those beauties in BCDs.

Ready Set! Let’s Dive!

Philippines 2018 from Kids Sea Camp

Dora Nathanson


Dora Nathanson

Diving in the Philippines
With Mamas Biggs, Tess and Suzette
There’s nothing we have needed
That they couldn’t
Somehow get

Diving in the Philippines
We braved jellyfish with some dread
But all of that was worth it
For Margo’s shot of three whale sharks, Dan
And his conehead

Diving in the Philippines
Competed with time in Vida spa
We all indulged quite heavily
But no one more than
Our mascot and her ma

Diving in the Philippines
Is like glimpsing parts of heaven
But nothing quite compared
To seeing Raymond
In his new Adidas, size eleven

Diving in the Philippines
Has been an experience of our lifetimes
Thank you all for the laughs and conversations
And to Kids Sea Camp
For the chance to share these rhymes

Orisel Gonzalez


Orisel Gonzalez

I just want to be a Seal

La La-La La

I just want to be a Seal

La La-La La

At Kids Sea Camp in the Philippines

I just want to be a Seal

I don’t want to be a Shark, No!

I don’t want to be a Shark, No!

Because they don’t have the cool bark

I don’t want to be a Shark, No!

Don’t want to be a manatee

Don’t want to be a manatee

‘Cause they aint in the Visayan Sea, Nope

Don’t want to be a manatee.

Bonaire summer of 2018 Poems

Smith Family Poem


Smith Family

My first Kids Sea Camp in here
The ocean adventure is near,
But first I must know the facts
From Pepe, Menno and Dax
Got my snorkel
Got my mask
Got my gear, I know the tasks
With my friends and teachers,
We leave behind the land and beaches
To the jungle down below, we search for animals galore
Lions – Parrots – Porcupine fish and more
My parents, they share,
Of the seahorse and frogfish they stare
And I can’t wait to see
With my own eyes and BCD
… But … if it weren’t for my darn ear,
I’d be able to clear
I guess I’ll be back to Kids Sea Camp again next year
- Dara, Clay, & Sierra Smith

Ryder Sircy


Ryder Sircy

Kids Sea Camp Bonaire

Was just right for this brothers’ pair

Matthew Sircy


Matthew Sircy

Always be nice to a diver

We know places where nobody can find you

Helena Lubnow


Helena Lubnow

Sunday was the first day of it all

Everyone’s excitement was either too big or too small

There was introductions and diving to be done

We all had fun, that first day

And there were more adventures on the way!

For the rest of the week, there were activities galore

From night diving to tubing from kayaking and more!

I don’t think anyone could bore!

It was even tough to stay alive in Woody’s zombie dive

When Saturday comes, pack up your stuff,

The fun had gone on for enough,

Come on everybody, let’s say farewell,

Goodbye, Kids Sea Camp Bonaire, See you next year!

Roatan Summer 2018 Kids Sea Camp Poems

Under the Sea with KSC


Boney Family

The seaweed is always greener
When you go with KSC
There’s plenty of scuba diving
And wonderful things to see
They’ll take you to see the island
And bring lots of things to you
Fire dancers and Garifuna
The culture will shine right through
{chorus} Under the sea – under the sea
Life is just better down where its wetter take it from me
You’ll see the turtles and the rays
You’ll see the chorals and the bays
Whether you’re boating or your just floating
Under the sea!
We came to the Mayan Princess
On beautiful Roatan
We dove with the Mayan Divers
And met other scuba fans
Aly, Robbie, Lilly and all staff
They made sure that fun was had
And woody led zombie diving
When he didn’t feel so bad!
{chorus}
So now that we’ve come to Friday
The day we must pack our gear
We wont have to say ‘good bye’
Instead we say ‘see you next year’
So many destinations
And marvelous sights to see
Are waiting the whole world over
Lets go there with KSC!

Pretty Lilly


Logan Lavinsky

P- pretty
R- rad
E- elegant
T- tall
T-talented
Y- yogurt lover

L-loveful
I- intelligent
L- likeable
L- laughing
Y-yellow lover

Aly is so pretty
She is so witty
I asked her to marry me
And she said maybe

‘My Favorite Things’ at Kids Sea Camp


Eldridge Family

Turtles eating coral and groupers hanging out with me,
Octopus gliding through the night that I barely see,
Meeting new people who go diving with me.
(If you like pina coladas)
These are a few of my favorite things.

When the ears hurt,
When the fish hide,
When the jellies sting.

I simply remember my favorite things... and then I don't feel, so bad.

2018 Kids Sea Camp Poem

Scuba Dive

We dive through our lives in the same routine
not adventuring or exploring anything
Then all at once, the wind unfurls
we dive into a separate world
A world of rhythm a home to fish
a place of peace for those who wish
and me a guest a mere spectator
who’ll just take pictures to look at later
I grab my reg, check my mask, it’s clean
And I cover my pasty white face with sunscreen
I dive into an ocean of coral and sea,
might see a nurse shark if I’m really lucky
But the dives weren’t the real thing that made this trip neat
It’s the divers, the staff, and the friends that I meet
Because I think that the dives would be a huge bore
Without friends to come with you to help you explore
By: Matthew Boney

The Philippines poems

2017 Poems from Kids Sea Camp Philippines

Here are the poems from the summer weeks of Kids Sea Camp in the Philippines in 2017. Kids Sea Camp hosts a poetry presentations every Friday night at the closing celebration.

Dive it off

By the Geall family

I wake up at 6, to make sure I don’t miss,

my dive boat mmm, my dive boat mmm.

They may think I’m crazy, well they ain’t wrong baby,

crazy for Kids Sea Camp mmm, crazy for Kids Sea Camp.

So I keep diving can’t stop, won’t stop diving.

It’s like I got the ocean in my mind, saying it’s gonna be alright, cause the fish are gonna

swim, swim, swim, swim, swim, swim,

and the turtles are gonna flap, flap, flap, flap, flap, flap.

Yeah I’m just gonna — dive, dive, dive, dive, dive

I’m diving on my own diving, on my own got my friends here,

so I not alone, so I’m not alone, 

that’s what they don’t know, mmm, and that’s they know mmm

(Chorus) I dive it off, I dive it off, I dive it off, I dive it off

Hey, Hey, Hey just think while  you’ve been getting down and out,

about the Lionfish and the dirty, dirty crown of thrones of this world

You could’ve been getting down to 40 feet.

My old friend brought her new dive gear she’s like “Oh My Gosh”

I’m just gonna dive to the fella over there with the really good hair,

won’t you come on over now and we can dive, dive, dive.

(Chorus) I dive it off, I dive it off, I dive it off, I dive it off


 

Palau Poems

Palau poems from the Kids Sea Camp week 

Here are the poems from the Kids Sea Camp week. Kids Sea Camp has a poetry presentation every Friday night at the closing celebration.

Out of the blue

The Baylee Adair family

Out of the blue

Into the ocean

All so brand-new

Into more blue

Under the sea

Just me and you, feeling so free

Deeper into the ocean blue

To black to dark

Nothing here for me and you.

Then gliding through the blue, a Manta!

So real and so true, a Manta!

Now I’m here

Just me and you

Under the sea in the ocean blue.


Good night Palau

The McClure family 

Goodnight Palau with your beautiful sea,

Goodnight to the divers, that’s you and that’s me.

Goodnight Milky Way with your white mud and day,

Goodnight to yet another wonderful day.

Goodnight little jellies in Jellyfish lake,

Goodnight birthday kids and chocolate cake.

Goodnight Blue Corner and the late flying there,

Goodnight to the sharks, and walls, oh so fair!

Goodnight Ulong Channel, away we all go!

Goodnight simple life, with its ebb and it’s flow.

Goodnight sing mermaids and your underwater flips,

Goodnight to our new friends — until our next trip.

Goodnight Sam’s, Frazier, Margo and Tom,

This trip to Palau has truly been the bomb.


Kids Sea Camp isn’t one color it’s a rainbow

The Sarin family
There’s red,
On the diver flag and fingernails.
On the roofs of boats, sunburnt kids,
Even on adults toes.
What’s here that’s blue?Every shade of blue in every drop of sea,
Curtains, bedspreads, sam’s boat tops.
Pools and fins and so much more!
Now the orange we shall explore!Orange clownfish and coral,
The pool barrier, if you go lighter.
There’s yellow to see,
sunshine and sand and a nudibranch baby.
Raisin cake we devour,
And straw baskets we wear,
It’s also green that’s filling the air!Green means nitrox and mangroves, grass mangroves
Grass necklaces and mats.
Mandarin fish,
Jellyfish Lake and turtles galore,
Now black that’s that.There are wetsuits and mantas and all sorts of gear,
And silver zippers, sharks and dolphins, and tanks.
And lastly, there’s gold in the hearts of everyone here.

Kids Sea Camp isn’t one color it’s a rainbow.


Finding our Scuba Sensei

The Quast & Jones family  ( write about finding their scuba sensei in Palau.)

There once was a gray shark for Nantucket

Some Mandarin fish in a bucket,

Nudibranchs here, there and everywhere,
Giant sumo wrestler clans that bit me in the derriere.
Half moon, quarter moon, rastaman jellies,
Fourth of July feast that filled my belly.
You see we are here in Palau,
Where the best time to here is “right” now.
With all our friends from Kids Sea camp,
And our Scuba sensei Margo who is a true Sea camp Champ.
And though our time here is running down,
We are quite sure will be back in town. 

Dreaming of fish

By The Abad Santos family (The Santos family have been to over six family weeks with Kids Sea Camp. They dream of fish every year.)

“I dream of fish”
I dream of fish that all swam by.
Of jacks and my napoleon wrasmer,
Of spiny urchins and anemones of giant clams and squid and stingless jellies.But the sharks came out at night,
How I dreamed that they would eat me,
But I soon learned they were nice,
]And they all became my friends.One more dive, another day another destiny,
another chance to test my buoyancy.
One more dive, another day at Kid Sea Camp
Oh, it’s the best,
I’m afraid it couldn’t lastOne more dive with Margo, Frazier Sven oh what a team,
With JC and Leon, oh what a dream.
One day more,
One more swim,
One more dive!

Bonaire Poems

Poems from the Kids Sea Camp weeks at Buddy Dive Resort 

2017

Poems from the Kids Sea Camp weeks at Buddy Dive Resort on the island of Bonaire. Kids Sea Camp always has a poetry presentation on Friday on the closing celebration.

By Burkhard family

Five times to Bonaire we have been.

Yet much still remains to be seen

What critters will make an appearance?

Same place, new experience,

Too bad home isn’t quite this marine.

It’s great to be back in Bonaire,

Where the weather’s beyond compare,

except when it rained

My parents, quite strained

without wetsuits, they were diving quite bare.

Jimmy was my instructor this week.

Where Duncan and I worked on technique,

We’d go into the waters,

And play like two others

Poor Jimmy put up without check.

The nursery trees needed cleaning,

So my folks were closely competing.

80 minutes really?

That’s awfully silly!

But that tree really was tonight and gleaming.

So many new friends we have found,

with stories that truly astound.

We really feel blessed,

They’re surely be missed.

We hope that we see them around.


An Ode’ to the Jellyfish

By David and David’s brother

The night, so full of beauty,

and uncommon sites.

PAIN, so excruciating, beyond belief, thank the Lord of bubbles.

To rescue, comes the Hero of the night, her Vinegar, so sweat.

Dear Lars, he cares, but he aged 10 years.

Mean nurse, and feral cats, on the way to wellness.

Needed comic relief . . . toffee banana mix.

With Woody and the sandwich maker, there would be no dessert this day.

For now, we have tattoos, this will prove that night forever.


By Unknown author

Here we are at Buddy Dive

Kids Sea Camp is like a beehive.

Kids buzzing around instructors flowers,

getting nurtured for hours and hours,

with the sweet nectar of diving fun,

and skills under Bonaire sun.


T’was the night before Bonaire

By Blakey family

T’was the night before Bonaire,

energy in the house was high people scrambling to find staff needed to dive

Piles of equipment strew about with care,

But the excitement was high because we’d soon be there.

The Blakeys came to Bonaire,

drawn like Jellyfish to light,

To see old friends and enjoy scuba delight.

On the way to Bonaire Lilly’s car was highjacked,

But we’d need a whole poem to tell about that.

Lilly came to Bonaire to learn to instruct,

Stuart learned to rescue in case instruct was about. 

Lilly’s course was intense, so she chose to fuel up,

A bag of sour patch kids, Twizzlers, and smarties a must.

Now Lillia, Jenny, Zuella (with 3L’s) and Josh came to learn to instruct,

They all passed with honors — all skill, no luck.

This camp has two drivers — Margo and Tom,

With love and devotion Kids Sea Camp travels on.


Parents got some rest

By Chapman family

We came to Bonaire to swim, dive and enjoy the sun,

and along the way, we had a little fun.

Kids Sea Camp is the best of the best,

and from 8:30 to 3:30,

the parents got some “rest.”

The resort, the food, and the divemasters were on par;

and we will admit that we enjoyed the cocktails at the bar.

The kids liked the ice cream tasting like vanilla;

and you will definitely see the Chapman’s in Manilla!


Messy hair

By Kim and Danny

Messy hair in Bonaire, nobody gives a care.

Dive in the morning or night, Anytime you want is alright.

A treasure hunt for fish, nobody’s seen just yet.

Who’ll find it first? You’re my first bet.

No touching, kissing or hugging, great reef friends.

Unless its wacky Wednesday and a stonefish befriend.

Family and friends join to meet,

For night dives and shores dives at Buddy’s Reef.

Kids Sea Camp, A whole lot of fun.

Just listen to Tom and the song he’s sung.

Margo’s got an eye for the perfect shot,

Smile for the camera, give it all you’ve got!

New friends made, old rekindled.

Kids Sea Camp, most magical!


The reef with no name

By Jake Snyder

To the fabulous instructors of Sasy,

The best of all the Lassies.

I’ll miss you, Toni, without Julia I’ll be lonely.

And Flavia is oh so classy!

To the beautiful island of Klein,

sp special I wish you were mine.

The reef with No Name.

Is a name, oh so lame.

Change to Jake’s Reef — it’s so fine.


Let’s jump in!

By Myler Skler

Scuba tanks, regulator, sunset waves

squid are nice and they behave.

Dolphins, tarpon, scuba fins, turtles, flounder

LET’S JUMP IN!


Discover Scuba

By Levinsky family

In Bonaire we discovered scuba diving,

and it seems to be better than rock climbing,

The day we arrived the dolphins put on a show.

When we came to the donkey park,

the foolish donkeys were harassing us.

The buddy Dive staff team gave us lots of ice cream.

Soon are vacation will end,

But I will never forget Kids Sea Camp.


Facing Fear

By Peter Sam 
Deep, dark ocean.
You scare me.
I don’t like swimming in the sea.
I don’t like carbs or eels or fish.
To be home in my bed is what I wish.
Day 1,2,3,4 even 5.
I’m just trying to stay alive.
No matter how they plead and beg.
I won’t touch that water, not even with one leg!
On Day 6, the final day.
A spark springs out and I’m OK!
Snorkeling along without a car.
I’m finally a water-lover in Bonaire!

2014

We are Family 
By Karen Binns-Loveman
Becoming part of the Kids Sea Camp family
(Chorus)
We are family.
I got all my dive buddies.
Kids Sea family.
Get up, everybody and dive.
Buddy Dive is cool as can be.
House reef just offshore with endless coral and fishes galore.
I ’m not telling any lie.Learning is extra fun, playing beneath the sun.
Seals and sassy make a splash
While juniors and teens have a bash.
We’re loving diving in Bonaire the most, Yeah.
(Chorus)
We are family.
I got all my dive buddies.
Kids Sea family.
Get up, everybody and dive.
Bonaire breeze and green sunset flashes,
Complete with flounders, puffers, eels, turtles, and octopi they all swim on by.All of the people around us to say,
Old friend and new,
Through Kids Sea Camp, we gather near,
We ‘re loving camp until we meet next year.
(Chorus, repeat twice)
We are family.
I got all my dive buddies.
Kids Sea family.

Get up, everybody and dive.


Lionfish
By Grant Kobes
Lionfish must die,
Into the pan, they will fry,

Oh, how fine is thy.


By unknown author
As the sea salty water flows,
I hear the musicians of the sea . . .
The drummer fish on percussion.
The brass is trumpet fish.
The starfish is the singer.
The yellowtail snapper snaps to the beat,

as the sergeant major leads the band.


2011

Learning to Dive

By Steve Swanson 

To always keep us safe, we have to have the tools

We learn the names, we learn the terms, we all must learn the rules

Not just words to memorize, but procedures we must know

Then we take the giant stride to see the realm below

Descend into the ocean, a new world to be seen

Aliens right here on earth majestic & serene

We can fly with proper weights & air in our BC’s

Protect yourself, protect the reef & you can dive with ease

Then we take flight & we soar, above the canyons far below

And we begin to feel the freedom that the birds already know

The world is ours but to behold, we never touch a thing

The reason is to not harm, but it could bite or sting

Then as we get ready to ascend back from the depth

The safety stops at the top & never hold your breath

Once above the fantasy & all is said & done

We have learned to dive quite safely, but most of all we’ve learned it’s fun!


 By unknown author

Wow! This is our 6th Kids Sea Camp, the third in Bonaire,

So with all this experience I felt I should share

With all of the families who are new this year

That they should relax, there is nothing to fear.

All the hard work has already been done.

by Margo who wants our kids to be safe and have fun.

The dive shops, the rooms, the staff and the foods

Have been carefully checked to keep us in good moods.

Just let your kids learn, dive, swim, and play,

And enjoy the great place that we get to stay.

Be warned, that the kids develop bonds that are strong

And they will keep in touch even after they’re gone.

This year in November I found it had been decided

By Kids Sea Camp friends who through Facebook & email confided.

The decision was made that they would again meet

The 3rd week of July in the Bonairian heat.

So being the greatest parents alive

We agreed to return to Buddy Dive.

So parents each year be prepared to hear a plea

From your kids who want to go back to the sea.

And see all the new friends they have made

While diving and playing in the sun and shade.

It’s the great friends we have made that make us return again and again,

Thanks to Margo, Tom, Robbie, and Jen


Dr. Seuss’s Ode to Sea Camp

By  Andy Hopkins & Family

The sun it did shine, It was too hot to play

So they sat in the house on that hot sweaty day.

Sam sat there with Hunter, They sat there the two,

And they said how I wish I had something to do.

Too hot to go out. Too hot to play ball.

Too hot in Florida to do, Anything at all.

All they could do was to, sit, sit, sit

And they did not like it, Not one little bit.

Then something went “click”, Boy, we were thick!

We looked at each other, our fingers went snap

We looked at each other, our hands they did clap

That’s it!

Margo, you’re a champ, Let’s all go to Kids Sea Camp

Margo looked at us in our Minds-eye bubble

“I gave my advice and you know they’ll be trouble!

I know it is hot and the sun way too sunny

But we can have lots of good fun that is funny

I know some good games. You can play if you wish

And parents you can come dive with the fish”

When are we going, Mommy? When? When? When?

We did it before, Let’s do it again

Sam, Hunter, Let us be

We will try it, you will see

We will try it in Bonaire, We will try it anywhere

In the wind, In the rain, In the dark, with a cane

In a storm, Was that thunder?  Nah!

Thumbs down, Let’s dive under

And look at us all, Look at us know

We’ve had so much fun, we’re booked for Palau!

Well at least in our minds, We are ready to go

There’s just one small problem, The greenbacks, the dough!

So now we must wait, Fingers impatiently strumming

Until the next time the boys, Go gleefully running

Down the docks and into the Ocean

We’re here, we’re here, And this is always such fun.


 By Unterman Family

We started on the red eye to a destination called Bonaire

Unsure of what we’d find there or how our family would fare

Check in went smoothly & breakfast was divine

We were positively sure that our vacation would go just fine

With Jr open water we had Pepe & Martin at the helm

Mom & Dad on Harbour Lady has Scott & Natalie to show them the ocean realm

We worked on our set of scuba skills our buoyancy did improve

So soon we had the chance to experience the underwater thrills

Oh my what we found beneath the ocean’s surface

Puffers that  look like bulldogs, spotted drum’s as cute as pie

Trunkfish, scorpion fish, eels galore & alone seahorse we did spy

Our sunset cruise & jam session ended in our walk off the plank

Family dives & all our fun to Margo & Tom we must thank

Sadly all good thing must end & we say farewell to our Bonaire

Until we meet again we’ll see you all next year


Susan & Mitch

We came from places far & near

And brought our children we hold so dear

They studied & they learned & dove the depths

They laughed  & they played & snorkeled the reefs

By the end of the week, they left us in awe

Of what they learned & what they became

Those children we brought from far & near

Have forever been changed by this week at the same

Those children we hold so very very dear

Now need to return-same time next year                    


By Morgan Tappero

There once was a cat I named Urtle, Who really acted like a turtle,

He ran real slow,  So how would you know,

That Urtle wasn’t a turtle.

He learned his P’s & Q’s, And knew how to tie his shoes,

So how would you know, With Urtle so slow

That Urtle wasn’t a turtle, Urtle could jump so high,

He could almost touch the sky, He could be a flying monkey rat,

But who could imagine that? Urtle was a really a cat

Urtle was from Bonaire, He liked to use Conair

Kids Sea Camp was the best, With Urtle at the test

Other than the cats, I also liked the hats

You can’t forget the diving, Or how long it took arriving

Kids Sea Camp was the best, With Urtle at the test

Everything was great, I wasn’t even late

But the thing I liked the most, Was the flying monkey rat, 

The Cat               


By Tappero family

Diving skills put to the test!

A week so fun, no one wants to rest!

Thanks to Margo, Tom & Fraser (even without Rogest)

Kids Sea Camp Bonaire is simply the best!


The Olson’s (Tom, Gail, & Roger)

So Bonaire we came- Kids Sea Camp at last!

New skills, old friends, each day a blast.

The sea full of wonders- so much to learn

We help each other & have no concerns

Parrotfish, trunkfish, Charley & eels

Spotted drum reef squids, what’s nipping at my heels?

Angelfish, trumpet fish, flounder & chubs

Tube sponge, hermit crabs & gulls stealing grub

Thank –you Margo & Tom for this week to hold

In our hearts, all year-the stories will be told

May we return again; light the dive lamp

As we look forward to another Kids Sea Camp!


By Eliza Sallee

Wake up in the morning at 4:45

I’m shivering uncontrollably, I am still dead tired

Comb my hair; brush my teeth, then I am in a cab

I’m at the airport, in a plane on Delta airlines

One hour later & minutes in Atlanta, in Delta airlines

Watch Diary of a wimpy kid.

4 hours n’ six minutes I’m in Bonaire

I see a parrot fish, an angelfish, a squirrelfish

Some scorpion fish lobsters 2 turtles.

Some puffers, a tiny shark & a tarpon

I got stung by some jellyfish & got hit by fire coral

But when think pasta I begin to think Bonaire with the fish

But most importantly Kids Sea Camp with my Family


By Matt Parker

Take off the adrenaline rushes into you and the force of the plane gives you

To your seat as you leave the airport

As you step of the plane, feel the warm breeze whip through your hair

And drift across your face like a smooth hand

The memories of last year make you smile & happy that you are there

And if you are new, the ocean is blue

And there are lots & lots of things to do

From tubing to donkeys it’s the best

I can tell you now Kids Sea Camp beats the rest

As you arrive at Buddy Dive you think Wow what a fantastic place

The people are nice the diving is great

This is not a place you could hate

So come & relax sit down at the bar

Maybe have a smoothie or 2

This is a place your best friends should come too

As the days roll by slowly, you see many cool creatures

Sea turtles that glide across the ocean so smoothly & gracefully

There’s also barracuda they’re scary, won’t bite if you disturb them

They’ll hurt you without a fight

In Bonaire the assortment of fish is fantastic, from angelfish to parrotfish

You will be able to see everything in the clear warm water

As the days wind down & the week goes on everybody had lots of fun

But then the day comes, the most dreaded day of all. When people say goodbye

And the plane takes off as you remember one of the best dive weeks EVER


By Sciortino Family

On Tuesday the divers on the harbour Belle

Were given another great story to tell

While preparing to dock, some divers were sent

From the bow to the stern, so off they went

During the transition we all appalled

It seems that one diver did not look

And instead of the rail grabbed the boat hook

So into the water went both hook & diver

But I’m happy to report, both are survivors

To avoid embarrassing the diver, I should keep a tight lip

But you have all probably already guessed, it was Skip    


By Debra Shannon

Poets we are not but we still give it a try.

We did not come to Kids Sea Camp to stay dry.

We had just re-certified & Scott had never even tried.

We had a week off & wanted to dive.

Brian & I went off on a boat with lots & lots of gear to tote.

Scott went to class & learned to clear his mask.

We were so proud that he gave it a chance.

He learned all his skills & got certified.

We went to his graduation & did a high five.

Day dives & night dives, we saw lots of fish.

There was nothing more for which we would wish.

By the end of the week we were looking like pros.

We will be very sad to go.

We made so many new friends & there is always next year

So I guess we will be back with all of our gear.


Diving In

By Brian Clapp

Two worlds: one above, one below

Separated by what looks to be a clear sheet of glass.

Air: something we humans need to enter the world below.

We take a deep breath, jump in & exhale.

Slowly, we pass through the glass barrier, we sink into wonderment

Everything stands still, & we are welcomed into our other family

No, better! We are welcomed into a school of fish.

The coral waves at us as if to say “hello, how are you? Please look but don’t touch”

And if we are very lucky we are greeted by eel, turtle, ray, & even the elusive shark.

Now it’s time to come back to our other world.

We look up, take a breath, stop for safety, & then slowly

Push through the “ glass” & say “I’m okay, welcome me back!”      


Kids Sea Camp Bunch

By MacDonald Family

Here’s a story about a Padi lady, who was bringing up 2 little scuba divers

Both of them smelled like neoprene.. like their mother, the youngest 1 not even old enough to be a Sasy

Here’s the story of a rock n roller, who couldn’t live any further from the sea

He was a grown man from Danville, Illinois, jamming with his band boys, yes he was all alone

Until the one day when the diver met the rocker & they knew it was much more than a hunch

That this group would somehow dive together, that’s how they became the Kids Sea Bunch!

The Kids Sea Bunch, the Kids Sea Bunch, that’s the way they became the Kids Sea Bunch.


By Neal Seltz

When I enter the beautiful sea, and cool water hits warm me

What do I think about, I’ll tell thee, it’s that I really need to pee

If I could ask Neptune, King of the sea, a question to that high exalted potentate

“Exactly where do you pee?” And is a hurricanes sea surge rush, simply your attempt to flush

So when you see me emerge from the sea, holding tank & mask & fin

And smiling with a great big grin, you’ll never know if it’s cause a great fish I’d seen

Or is it because I’ve been pee in

Is it really so bad a task, compared to when fishes do it in front of my mask

And when your dive master wants you to have buoyancy

Is it so bad to get there after your pee

And isn’t relieving your bladder in the sea

Better than doing it on the ladder?

And are divers from Holland & France, I’m seeing the worst violators of this scene

And is that why their called “you’re a peeing?”


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