MAGALOG21 (2021)

Camp means peace to me. Sort of silly, I know, because you would not naturally put these two things together. Our journey with Kids Sea Camp began with a desire to get back into traveling.After the long winters everyone endured on the Northeastern coast, we were looking for a vacation where we would be happy, comfortable and accommodating, and of course,Tim has to dive. I often read my husband’s dive magazines (being a nondiver) to see what is happening in the dive world. I came across a Kids Sea Camp advertisement and asked Tim,“What do you think about this? Should we call and see what this is about?” (Keep this in mind, this is not something we would ever do.) Curious and desperate to find a solution, he called (I believe several times). We had a lot of questions. The Martins are thoughtful and practical decision-makers; we fail horribly in the “quick decision” department. So in July 2013, the Martins did something we have a hard time doing — we took a leap of faith and went to Cayman Islands at Cobalt Coast for the Kids Sea Camp experience. In return, we got peace ... we finally got peace. Kids Sea Camp literally changed our lives forever. It was one of those “ah ha” moments, or for some, one of those handfuls of moments that have forever affected them. Corny, I know, but it’s true. I still remember the feelings I had on the first morning when I arrived in the Grand Cayman for the first time. I was in awe.All that was going through my head was the fact that all of these kids do this with their families — and

they are happy, they get along and these kids can dive! I want this for my children. I wantTim to dive with Isaac andAllie. I was getting more excited by the moment. It amazes me still that kids can dive! I wanted this for my children so badly that I was somewhat obsessed with it. I spoke of diving and Kids Sea Camp toTim all year. I know he was tired of me talking about it. But, I felt Isaac and Allie had found their “thing.” Really, I was so happy. Kids Sea Camp’s goal is to take care of you, and everything was taken care of. They provide a safe diving haven for families. Everyone at Kids Sea Camp had the same goal for their families. This is something that we really appreciated.We were so happy with the Cobalt Coast vacation that we have returned every year.Tom and Margo Peyton relieved our worries, which ultimately led to peace. Kids Sea Camp was run like a well-rehearsed orchestra. I don’t know how else to describe it. It was a beautiful

week long masterpiece. Everything just worked. Every beat and note was perfectly in place.Tom and Margo constantly made sure everything was perfect. At the end of the latest Kids Sea Camp trip in St Lucia at Anse Chastanet, Isaac, age 8, was able to participate in his first 12’ Seal Team dive in the ocean with his father. WOW! The thought makes me speechless, and happy tears come to my eyes. Allie was in the SASY unit swimming with the resident reef fish. Her week in St Lucia allowed her to find her “inner fish” and become even more passionate about animals and sea life. Her happiness gives us peace. Kids Sea Camp has become (in our lives) this thing you do every year. People need to go to the dentist, eye doctor, hairdresser, get new shoes. The Martins need to go to Kids Sea Camp. For us, like everyone, time is precious.Vacation time for us is hard to get, so planning a vacation with our precious time is stressful. Kids Sea

Camp has given us peace about our time. Peace, for our family, has come on many different levels.Tim is able to go diving and not have the worry of me or the kids — I’m at peace. He is under the water, escaping his mind and responsibilities — he’s at peace. I know where my kids are and who they are with.Tim is diving, the food is great, the place is great — I’m at peace.The kids can come and go, eat and drink, meet new friends, dive, play and learn — we are all at peace. Sometimes it is big moments that change our lives — births, deaths, marriages. Sometimes it is people or situations. I can honestly say Kids Sea Camp is one of the best moments for us. The people we have met and the experiences we’ve had all have contributed to the peace we desired for our precious time. KSC Peace…is important, it changes your life.“Thank you Tom & Margo for the peace. 803-419-2556 email:

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