St. Petersburg, FL
Four youth and two staff from AMIkids Southwest Florida traveled to the Bay area to participate in two days of marine education activities. Draco, Ryan, Gabriel and Levi started the two day field trip with a Discover Scuba Experience followed by a Floating Classroom on September 21st.
Discover Scuba Diving was conducted at Bill Jacksons Shop for Adventure in Pinellas Park and offered the participants a quick and easy introduction to what it takes to explore the underwater world. The kids learned the basic safety guidelines and practiced the basic skills needed to dive under the direct supervision of an instructor. The Southwest Florida group was joined by a group of employees from Apple, one of our corporate partners helping mentor kids separate a troubled past from a bright future.
The Floating Classroom was conducted on board the Orlando’s Rose, a Silverships landing craft donated by Bill and Carol Barrows. The Floating Classroom is an innovative tool to inspire youth in our programs to get involved in the outdoors and become better stewards of the environment around them. The AMIkids youth were also joined by four participants from AMIkids Tampa, one of our recurring participants taking youth outdoors on a regular basis. As usual, we had a Biologist from MOTE Marine Laboratory, another corporate partner providing valuable lectures and environmental interpretation on board.
This extended two day curriculum is part of the AMIkids Marine Education Program expansion, an initiative designed to offer this experience to even more at-risk youth. AMIkids Inc. is committed to funding the Marine Education Program expansion through partnerships within the outdoor adventure, maritime industry and other related partners in the private and public sectors.