Posted Monday, February 22, 2010
Hawaii Sea Camp, a program that focuses on tropical marine science and SCUBA diving for teens through college students, has added to its two and three week summer programs with the inclusion of comprehensive - and age appropriate - marine environmental awareness activities. Camp owners credit the integration of eco-friendly educational activities into camp curriculum to their desire to offer a full spectrum of experiences to their campers and to help promote environmental consciousness.
"Some of our campers come to us because they are interested in SCUBA and tropical marine science for purely recreational purposes and some come to us because they are even interested in pursuing marine science as a career," says Hawaii Sea Camp's owner and Program Director, Captain John Gibbons. "But in either case they are here because they love the sea and it is our pleasure to help facilitate that interest through fun educational programs that foster a respect for the ocean and an ingrained responsibility to our environment as a whole."
The Hawaii Sea Camp program, in fact, is the only one of its kind in Hawaii - offering a variety of camper programs and activities that include training and certifications in scuba diving and a variety of tropical marine science programs including fish identification, reef survey for fishes, coral reef awareness and care, coral and shell identification, proper snorkeling techniques with dolphins, dolphin behaviors, green sea turtle behaviors, coastal volcanic island geology, north pacific oceanography, and manta ray night diving techniques.
Environmental awareness activities and education are integrated seamlessly into daily camp life including low impact eco-camping and education about a variety of eco-systems that are geared to foster a lifelong respect for and responsibility to our environment. Camp operations themselves set the tone through simple programs, low operating costs, and minimal carbon emission and fuel usage - which allows the camp to leave a minimal environmental footprint overall.
"We do more than just teach our campers about respect for the environment," says Gibbons. "We live it day to day and show them firsthand how the behaviors and activities of one person can have long standing and far reaching impact. We can all make a difference and it starts right here at Hawaii Sea Camp."
Hawaii Sea Camp is a privately owned and operated summer program based in Hilo, Hawaii that caters to teens through college age students who have an interest in SCUBA and tropical marine science. The camp's two- and three-week programs are offered throughout the summer for all levels of students and include a host of fun and safe educational programs as well as social activities.