On November 22 2010, a very special person showed up at our Palau Kids Sea Camp, family dive adventure week.
Two years in a row now Kids Sea Camp has traveled across the world for an amazing Thanksgiving dive week in beautiful Micronesia, to the remote islands of Palau. A week of celebration and giving thanks for the sea. With a welcome ceremony set with Ngardmau and Emmelakl dancers, music and even a special attendance by President Johnson Toribiong himself. Joined by his chief of staff, and other fellow dignitaries, as well as the FVB, President Toribiong gave a welcome address. What an incredible opportunity and honor it was for the children and families of Kids Sea Camp to be addressed by the President. He spoke to them about the importance of taking care of our oceans and how vital the roll of our young divers is to the overall sustainable future of our underwater world. His speech was inspirational to all. Palau declared its self the first ever shark sanctuary at the UN last year. Dermot Keane, the manager of Sam's Tours, sponsor and host for Palau Kids Sea Camp, says, "the Kids Sea Camp Program is geared on bringing new people and youth into the dive industry”. Keane also said the program focuses on Marine education and ocean environment and we are very proud to host this event in Palau. Kids Sea Camp brings great exposure to Palau and awareness as to how family friendly Palau is. . Marc Bauman also with Sam's Tours has worked for the past 4 years with Margo Peyton founder of Kids Sea Camp to produce one of the most memorable and educational family dive vacations world wide.
Palau is full of history and culture for adults and kids, learning about WWI and WWII, diving and snorkeling wrecks and reefs, along with meeting heads of state. Teen divers and adults dived the famous German Channel with manta rays and Blue Corner with reef sharks, turtles and huge schools of fish. The little ones all the while painted with artist Rogest and learned to scuba through PADI Seal Team and PADI Jr. Open Water courses provided during the week.
President Johnson Toribiong will not soon forget the families of Kids Sea Camp as they presented him this year with an original Rogest dotted Mandarin Fish one of the most beautiful fishes ever to be found in Palau. We are grateful to Palau and Sam's Tours and President Toribiong for embracing Kids Sea Camp and their stewardship of the oceans and education emphasis on todays youth. We look forward to our Aug 2011 return.
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