From Our Editors
SDOF?s Ocean in Motion snorkeling camp introduces underserved students between the ages of 6 and 17 to the aquatic world with a first-hand snorkeling expedition. With a three-to-one student-to-staff ratio, novice divers begin excursions with a lesson on common sea creatures and organisms, exploring their habitats and survival strategies. Students then learn basic snorkeling techniques, don their gear, and practice in a shallow environment before diving in for a fully submersed view of a rocky-reef area. Led by marine-biologist instructors, swimmers can observe fish, invertebrates, and algae drifting along the currents, while wrapped safely in thick wetsuits and diving equipment provided by the Roddenberry Dive Team. Trips conclude with a brainstorming session on ways students can minimize human impact on the sea and protect natural environs. SDOF has set a goal to fund a snorkeling day camp for 25 young students.