Anse Chas­tanet hosts Fam­ily Ad­ven­ture Group

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

For the first time ever, Kids’ Sea Camp chose Scuba St. Lu­cia and Anse Chas­tanet as the hosts for their Thanks­giv­ing Trip from Novem­ber 22nd to the 29th. Kid’s Sea Camp was founded 15 years ago by group leader Margo Pey­ton, fo­cus­ing on the unique con­cept of bring­ing to­gether a col­lec­tion of div­ing fam­i­lies from around the world at one re­sort.

At Anse Chas­tanet, 25 chil­dren and 39 adults par­tic­i­pated in the pro­gramme, rang­ing in ages from 6 to 70. The youngest chil­dren were taught to snorkel by a Scuba St. Lu­cia scuba in­struc­tor while slightly older chil­dren joined the SEAL team and learned to scuba dive in shal­low wa­ter. A hand­ful of young teenagers spent the week earn­ing their Open Wa­ter scuba cer­ti­fi­ca­tions while teenagers and adults al­ready cer­ti­fied en­joyed div­ing on our beau­ti­ful reefs ev­ery morn­ing.

When not div­ing, the group en­joyed var­i­ous ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing a tour of the re­sort’s or­ganic farm, a sen­sory choco­late tast­ing in Anse Chas­tanet’s Choco­late Lab­o­ra­tory, jun­gle bik­ing in the Anse Mamin val­ley, a pri­vate sun­set cruise and much more. On the Thanks­giv­ing Day, Kids’ Sea Camp held its an­nual Amer­i­can Thanks­giv­ing foot­ball game, this year in the Soufriere Mini Sta­dium with many of the re­sort dive team mem­bers join­ing in. The week ended with a Caribbean beach party with a slideshow of the week’s events run­ning in the back­ground. Later, the youngest chil­dren read po­ems they wrote de­scrib­ing their Sea Camp ex­pe­ri­ences and later still some of the more tal­ented adults played gui­tar and sang.

In her farewell com­ments, Margo Pey­ton, Pres­i­dent of Kids’ Sea Camp said: “Kids’ Sea Camp St. Lu­cia was a huge suc­cess and truly hon­ored our motto “To give them mem­o­ries to last a lifetime.

“We are look­ing for­ward to grow­ing and nur­tur­ing young divers from around the world to St. Lu­cia with Anse Chas­tanet. Thank you for the best week of the year!”

Based on the suc­cess of the pro­gramme, Kids’ Sea Camp has al­ready con­firmed two ad­di­tional group vis­its for 2015 with many of this Novem­ber’s par­tic­i­pants com­mit­ting to a re­turn visit prior to their de­par­ture. Karolin Trou­bet­zkoy, Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor of Anse Chas­tanet, ex­pressed her thanks to the re­sort and dive teams for hav­ing made Kids’ Sea Camp such a suc­cess. She said that “deal­ing with so many young chil­dren and keep­ing them happy and busy is a chal­lenge in any re­sort en­vi­ron­ment but to take them on scuba div­ing ex­pe­di­tions on top of it all takes great com­mit­ment and care which our team de­liv­ered at all times. Anse Chas­tanet tra­di­tion­ally mostly hosts cou­ples and hon­ey­moon­ers, but see­ing the chil­dren en­joy our re­sort ac­tiv­i­ties and fa­cil­i­ties to such an ex­tent has made it clear to us that we should be pay­ing more at­ten­tion to the fam­ily mar­ket, es­pe­cially dur­ing the tra­di­tional school va­ca­tion sum­mer months. Based on the suc­cess we have seen with Kids’ Sea Camp, we plan to de­velop a div­ing fo­cused kids’ ac­tiv­i­ties sum­mer pro­gramme for 2015.”

Nes­tled amidst a 600 acre es­tate with two beaches bor­der­ing pris­tine co­ral reefs, Anse Chas­tanet is a clas­sic Caribbean hide­away in har­mony with its nat­u­ral sur­round­ings.

And while the sen­su­ous seclu­sion of the rooms pro­vides some guests with the per­fect ex­cuse for lolling away the day on the bal­cony, oth­ers head out to par­take in the many ac­tiv­i­ties on of­fer: yoga, snor­kel­ing, scuba div­ing, ten­nis, sun­set sail­ing, sea kayak­ing, bird­watch­ing or jun­gle bik­ing. The re­sort div­ing op­er­a­tion Scuba St. Lu­cia is the East­ern Caribbean’s largest and one of the long­est es­tab­lished PADI 5* fa­cil­i­ties and caters to be­gin­ners and ex­pe­ri­enced divers alike.

Twenty five chil­dren and thirty nine adults par­tic­i­pated in Anse Chas­tanet’s Sea


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