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#551277 07/03/21 06:12 AM
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Our annual program to train kids is back after the Covid-19 slowdown. We will only train 15 kids !!!

San Pedro Tourist Guide Association and San Pedro Tour Operators Association have teamed up again to train 15 lucky recipients!!!

GO KIDS YOU RULE !!!!

If you would like to assist then please call Robbie 6104424 or Billy 6103507 !!!

PADI , DAN ,INSTRUCTORS and OPERATORS!!!
Thank you parents your kids got this !!!

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Kids in Action is back; another group of island children to become divers

After postponed in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Youth Scuba Summer Camp known as Kids in Action is back. The two-week program is already underway and saw the enrolment of 18 children and two public officers. The aim is to teach and certify them in diving to appreciate better the natural marine resources surrounding Ambergris Caye.

The program, spearheaded by the San Pedro Tour Operators Association (SPTOA), is in collaboration with the San Pedro Tour Guide Association (SPTGA). On Monday, July 12th an orientation session was held at the Hol Chan Marine Reserve conference room. SPTOA's Roberto Canul welcomed everyone to the program and thanked those making it possible. He assured parents that dive instructors are very professional and will do an excellent job teaching their children how to become divers. SPTGA's Philip 'Billy' Leslie went over the activities to take place during the summer camp. He also introduced the schedule and the instructors the divers will soon be working with.

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We are so proud of our "Kids in Action!" Photo by San Pedro Tour Operators.

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Kids in Action scuba diving camp certifies 18 students and two public officers

The annual summer scuba diving program 'Kids in Action' came to an end over the weekend, certifying 18 children and two health officers. The two-week program concluded on Sunday, July 25th, with a beach clean-up and a fun dive at the Hol Chan Marine Reserve. The summer camp, which paused in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, also included fly fishing lessons and reef ecology.

The program is organized by the San Pedro Tour Guide Association and the San Pedro Tour Operators Association. One of the organizers and instructors, Philip 'Billy' Leslie, explained that they reached out to schools informing them of the opportunity for students to learn how to dive. The children/students were chosen by the respective schools based on academics. Other schools choose the participants based on conduct as well. The program aims to pass down skills from professionals to the younger generation of divers. The camp also allows public servants, like police and other government departments, to join the program.

During the training, instructors are assigned to the participants. They are walked through the steps to become certified Open Water divers. Renowned angler Omar Arceo instructed students who took part in the fly-fishing part of the camp. Fly fishing is a very lucrative tourism industry within Belize. According to Arceo, introducing young children to this practice is very important not only for the industry but also to teach the importance of the resources supporting this fishing method that attracts thousands of anglers worldwide. Students learn about the importance of protecting fish species such as the bonefish, permit, and tarpon, the pillars of fly fishing. Without these fish, fly fish would not exist.

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