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Kids Sea Camp and Family Dive Adventures

Kids Sea Camp

2015 Kids Sea Camp event dates:
Spring Break:
(SOLD OUT!) Grand Cayman; March 28 – April 4th
(Only four rooms available) April 4th-11th
Spring break mini-camps with Tom and Margo, limited space available for a great week at Cobalt Coast in Grand Cayman. 7 nights, 5 days of diving, Sasy, Seal Team, Jr. Open Water) Guided scooter dives, Kittiwake wreck dive, Stingray City, Breakfast and lunch daily at Cobalt Coast Resort, Round trip transfers, Trip to Rum Cake factory, trip to Caymana Bay, Trip to 7 mile beach, sunset cruise, shore diving, Free Nitrox course (E:learning not included) Free T-shirt, 1- dinner at the Wharf Restaurant, 1- Dinner at My-bar Sunset House, 1-dinner at Cobalt Coast Resort, 1- Dinner at Caymana Bay and 2 dinners on your own.

June 20th to 27th: Bonaire, Buddy Dive, Rescue and Coral Restoration week. Courses include Sasy, Seal Team, PADI Open water and Advanced Open water (AOW)

July 4th to July 11th: St. Lucia, Anse Chastanet: Rated as one of the best dive resorts in the Caribbean. Amazing views, lush accommodations and wonderful diving. Jungle biking, paddle boarding, hiking, Culinary classes, spa, farm to table dining, and chocolate tasting. Diving includes Seal Team, Jr. Open Water, Digital photography and the newest SeaLife cameras to use all week. (SeaLife photo week)

July 11th to 18th: Grand Cayman, Divetech & Cobalt Coast (Sasy, Seal Team, JOW, DPV-Sea scooter, Kittiwake wreck dive.) Rum cakes and rum tasting, sward fighting, pirate party, Stingray City, free dive computers and rental gear included. Seal Team Ocean dives and family dives. Unlimited shore diving with your family every afternoon.

July 11-18th: Palau, Palau Royal & Sam’s Tours: A true bucket list diving destination, German and Olong channel, Jelly fish lake, Giant clams and the stunning Rock Islands. Hosted by Margo Peyton Palau Royal Resort. Non diver activity, tour and spa packages available. Diver courses include: Nitrox, Deep, AOW, SASY, Seal Team, Open Water and Underwater Naturalist. (Nitrox, AOW and JOW courses require E:learning)

July 18-25th: Yap, Manta Ray Bay Hotel & Yap Divers, Mantas experience, Stone Money, a bucket list destination. Hosted by Margo Peyton. Non Diver activity spa and tour packages available. Diving includes Manta diver certification, Shark Diver certification, Nitrox, AOW and Underwater Naturalist.

July 25 to August 1st: Bonaire, Buddy Dive, Zombie, Rescue and Coral Restoration week. Courses include Sasy, Seal Team, PADI Open water and Advanced Open water(AOW)

(SOLD OUT!) July 25-August 1 and August 1-8: Fiji, Beqa Lagoon

(ONLY TWO ROOMS LEFT! ) August 9th to 16th: Utila: Laguna Beach Resort: Zombies! SASY, Seal, JOW and maybe a whale shark or two. Hosted by Tom, Jennifer & Margo Peyton & Woody Tinsley.

August 15th to 22nd: Roatan/Utila: Caribbean Pearl II: Zombies!, Rescue/ Dive Master; Teen leadership week kids age 17+ can come without parents! Not to say parents aren’t welcome, but this week will be teaching leadership skills, standards, responsibility, search and recovery, Advanced open water, deep diver and boat. Hosted by Woody Tinsley, Jennifer & Margo Peyton.

August 22nd to 29th: Utila: Laguna Beach Resort: The Women’s Divers Hall of Fame week! Come dive with some of the greatest women divers in the world during this special fundraising week sponsored by Laguna Beach Resort and Family Dive Adventures. Hosted by our Women divers Hall of Fame inductee Margo Peyton.

Thanksgiving 2015: St. Lucia, Anse Chastanet, November 21-28th Hosted with Tom and Margo (this week fills up quickly please book ahead.)

2016 Kids Sea Camp event dates:
July 9th-16th: Grenada, True Blue and Aquanauts
July 23rd-July 30th: Fiji, Beqa Lagoon
July 30th-August 6th: Fiji, Beqa Lagoon
Thanksgiving: November 19th to the 26th: Fiji, Beqa Lagoon

About Family Dive Adventures
We provide vacation packages on a year round basis for all our family friendly resorts around the world that have met our high quality standards for training, safety and service. If you’re looking for an individual family vacation or planning a customized small or large group dive trip and would like to work with an experienced family friendly staff that understands your needs and has 25 years of providing the best the world has to offer in diving, then give us a call. 1-803-419-2556

Family Dive Adventures

Kids Sea Camp

Do you have young children who are interested in scuba diving? Check out Robbie Peyton’s experience with Kids Sea Camp.


Information: P.O. Box 291030Columbia, SC 33325United States
Phone: 803.419.2556

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World’s Best Destinations for Diving with Big Animals

Underwater Photo Atlantic Spotted Dolphins in the Bahamas

Jon Cornforth

Atlantic spotted dolphins are one of the many big animals beloved by divers in the Bahamas

Why do the Top 100 Readers Choice Awards, now in their 23rd year, still matter to divers? Because these are your picks, based on thousands of votes from the most experienced dive travelers on the planet. Why do they matter to us? Because every month you hear from our editors on what we think matters in the world of dive travel. For the January/February issue of Scuba Diving we get to listen to you, and we’re taking notes.

Here, we proudly present the No. 1 ranking destinations in the Best Big Animal Encounters category of the awards. The full list of winning destinations is below.

Underwater Photo Hammerhead Shark Bimini Bahamas

Bill Fisher


Best Big Animal Encounters in the Caribbean and Atlantic

Everyone likes a sure thing. Thus the Bahamas continues to rate so highly for big animals. Unlike ultra-remote locales requiring liveaboards and overnight motors before day one begins, here, hammerheads or Caribbean reef sharks mug for your lens just as soon as you unpack and assemble gear. Plus, the variety of species calling these islands home or waypoint is incredible. The hammerheads of Bimini. Oceanic whitetips of Cat Island. Tigers off Grand Bahama. And the place that helped the nation become synonymous for sharks: Nassau. Hopscotch between a few spots and you’ll quickly amass a portfolio of species — plus learn the behavior not only of the sharks but of the goliath grouper that serve as shark-feed second acts. One more perk: Although not as reliably seen, wild Atlantic spotted dolphins regularly cruise Bimini and the Little Bahama Bank, creating an ideal opportunity for those who’ve been wowed by the main attraction but want the show to continue. — Brooke Morton

Caribbean and Atlantic

1. Bahamas

2. Turks and Caicos

3. Belize

4. Cayman Islands

5. Mexico

Diver and Sand Tiger Shark Underwater Photo North Carolina

Scott Johnson

North Carolina

Best Big Animal Encounters in North America

They’re big, and they’re slow. Sand tigers, the predominant shark species off North Carolina, lack a swim bladder but manage near-perfect neutral buoyancy thanks to an ability to gulp air at the surface. It explains why they’re among the least hurried big animals, good news for photographers or any diver who simply wants to prolong face time with these snaggletoothed scavengers. — Brooke Morton

North America

1. North Carolina

2. Florida

3. California

4. Washington

5. British Columbia

Galapagos Sea Lions Underwater Photo

Doug Perrine


Best Big Animal Encounters in the Pacific and Indian Oceans

You could go to Galapagos just to see table-size black-blotched rays, quizzical sea lions, tornadoes of barracuda and jacks, turtles and manta rays galore. But really, you’re deluding your- self if you go for any other reason than sharks — clouds of hammerheads and whitetips, solitary tigers and packs of burly Galapagos. — David Espinosa

Pacific and Indian Oceans

1. Galapagos

2. Palau

3. Hawaii

4. Costa Rica

5. Maldives

How We Got the Numbers Thousands of Scuba Diving subscribers and online users rated their experiences at dive destinations in a variety of categories on a scale from one to five. Final scores are an average of the numerical scores awarded. A minimum number of responses was required for a destination to be included in these ratings.

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The Fish That Doesn’t Swim

If you’re at 125 feet underwater and you see a fish with bloated red lips, walking like a drunk guy, with a horn like a unicorn and shaped like a bat, two things could be happening. You may have nitrogen narcosis or you’re diving off the Galapagos Islands looking at […]

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SAVE $1000 per person Cocos Island, Costa Rica

Cocos Island Hammerhead

Save on both Okeanos Aggressor & Wind Dancer!

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Celebrate 26 Years & Save $800 on Okeanos Aggressor and Wind Dancer, Cocos Island!

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Save $800 on Cocos Island

Celebrate 26 Years – Save $800 Cocos Island!

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