70 years of helping people to care for our ocean

By: Ann Kunz

The much anticipated Kids Holiday Courses, held on the 3rd and 4th April 2018, saw 30 young children aged between  8 and 12 submerged  in a magical marine world of learning and exploration.

The staff and volunteers who hosted the children ensured that the programme was packed with fun and excitement as these children were not only on holiday, but were probably still recovering from their Easter overload of chocolate.

The day started with a snorkel in the Snorkel Lagoon and ended in shrieks of laughter as they tried out their luminescent handcrafted glowing jellyfish.

Years of experience engaging with young children ensured that the staff and volunteers quickly settled the children so that they were easily able to make new friends in their small groups.

At the end of the day eight year old’s Rachael Muir and Sauliha Ismail could not work out which their favourite activity was.  After much deliberation they were simply unable to decide on just one thing!

“Well I had never snorkelled before so even though the water was freezing, I really loved swimming with the fish and even saw a shark which had blunt teeth” said Sauliha.

“I also loved the snorkelling and even saw a white fish with real gold stripes” chirped Rachael.

And then it was on to more of their favourite favourites. Watching the seal show, making their glow in the dark jellyfish and mini aquariums, drinking hot chocolate and learning about the animals in the aquarium.

The answer to the question ‘What did you learn?’ was unanimous – “We must care for the ocean and not harm the animals that live in it”.

“I will always put my litter in the bin and pick up litter if I see it on the beach” said Rachael.

“The sea animals can’t live if the ocean is full of pollution” agreed Sauliha.