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January 31st, 2011
Recently, my family and I took a scuba diving trip with an organization called Kids Sea Camp (KSC) to the oceanic paradise of Palau in Micronesia. Margo Payton, who is in the Women’s Scuba Diving Hall-of-Fame, created KSC as a company that provides dive trips to amazing destinations for the whole family and offers programs that teach hundreds of kids how to scuba each year. The people at KSC believe that learning to dive is a great way to teach kids to have an appreciation for the world’s oceans.
Kids Sea Camp (KSC) is a program that allows kids to go scuba diving together with their parents. Even though you have to be at least ten years old to get officially certified to dive, there’s still plenty to do for anyone nine or younger. In other words, you don’t just have to sit in your hotel room while your family is out diving. KSC provides fun activities for everyone, like going for “closed” water dives in the pool or just playing around on the beach. Also if you are ten or older and are not certified to dive, you can get PADI certified with KSC, so after that you can dive anywhere you want for the rest of your life.
Along with the amazing diving, KSC tries to provide you with great once in a lifetime opportunities like the one in the picture below, where we got to meet the president of Palau at a special dinner held just for our group. The president wanted to show his support for KSC because he also thinks it’s really important for kids to understand the importance of keeping our oceans healthy. Recently the president established Palau as a shark sanctuary to help protect sharks and other large ocean species.
One of the things I liked most about going on a trip with KSC was all the people we met and friends we made during the trip. Some of their trips to other dive destinations can have as many as 100 people, but our group was only about 45. Even though this sounds like a lot of people, it is not like we were one huge massive throng of tourists. Our trip was separated into groups of certified kids, or the “teen boat”, younger kids, adults, and those who were getting certified. Even though we were in separate groups, we did get to see everyone after going diving and for dinner. So if you have a younger or older brother or sister, you still get a chance to spend time with them … even if you don’t really want to ;-). And Palau is not the only place KSC goes. They also offer trips to destinations like the Bahamas, the Caribbean, Belize, and the Galapagos.
My family had such a good time with KSC in Palau that we are already planning our next KSC trip. Maybe the Galapagos in 2011 on a private live-aboard dive boast! So if you scuba dive or are interested in learning, I highly recommend this!