Born in the Cayman Islands and grew up with Kids Sea Camp
I was born in the Cayman Islands in 1994, a place my mom then called home; She had planned from the beginning that the ocean was going to be a big part of my life. Growing up at Kids Sea Camp (KSC) every summer kept me far away from TV, video games, sports or having local friends. My friends were culturally diverse from other states and other countries around the world. I was not innately aware of race or religious controversies. I’ve kept in touch with many of the friends I’ve made around the world and some have become my closest friends.
Growing up at KSC shaped my life in so many ways. I have experienced a multitude of cultures, foods, and life styles that have opened my mind and expanded my views of how different family, school, and life in general is around the world. Diving has
taught me respect for the ocean and my MRWXVYGXSVW MX´W TVSZMHIH QI GSR½HIRGI and given me purpose. I have learned how to educate and train others with the determination of doing my best.
Through KSC, I have learned my responsibility as a dive instructor, to be a voice of change against pollution, diver safety and coral reef protection. At KSC you can compare the marine environments around the world. I have learned why sharks must be saved, that corals can be regrown that people can change and we have a huge responsibility to inspire that change. KSC connects divers, around the globe, and we stay connected to each other.
Diving encouraged me to over come fear, at age 8 I was a PADI Master Seal diving at Stingray City in Grand Cayman. I watched the older kids dive deep in the ocean, I could not wait to be them.
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The cool thing about traveling with my family, as my sister Jen and I grew up, so grew the training and PADI courses that my mom offered at KSC. She advanced training and itineraries in new destinations every year. There is so much offered now, PMOI NYRKPI FMOMRK PMSR½WL LYRXMRK FPS[ karting, zombie divers, liveaboard citizen science, photography and PADI Pro level training.
For 19 years of my life at KSC, my passion has been focused on diving. It’s the one thing I feel the most comfortable doing. I have no stress when I’m diving and I'm very present for those 60 minutes underwater. It was obvious I would become a PADI instructor and in 2014
with a 1,000+ logged dives I did just that in Grand Cayman.
I have since completed my MSDT, Tec 40, 45 and 50 at Buddy Dive Bonaire. Now 24, still in college, I work with KSC each summer teaching the next generation of divers. I feel at home in the Cayman Islands and I have GSQI XS PSZI ¾] ½WLMRK EPWS GEXGL and release of course). In Cayman Brac this past summer, I found my TIEGI [LIR - [EW SYX SR XLI ¾EXW just as much as I did on the boats.
My greatest passion is technical diving. Technical diving means going beyond recreational scuba diving limits.
My next goal is to become a Tec Instructor and I’m hoping Mr. G. at Buddy Dive in Bonaire is going to help me make that happen soon.
I think what makes KSC so amazing at any age, is the families who travel with us around the world that make each trip so unique and memorable. The Philippines, Indonesia, Fiji and Palau are a long way to travel but experiencing the people, food, history, culture and the diving makes it worth the travel.
My mom is in the Women Divers Hall of Fame and the DEMA Hall of Fame for growing the dive industry and creating a safe place for families with kids to dive XSKIXLIV /7' LEW GIVXM½IH QSVI than 7,000 kids and not a single dive accident.
However, she could not have created KSC by herself. She had a little help from me and Jen as well as her friends. She has been close friends with Paul and Michelle Coolen from Buddy Dive. Marc Bauman with Sam’s Tours is like a brother to her. When Carolyn Pascal was the publisher of Sport Diver Magazine, she loved mom’s idea so much, she told the whole world about it. Mom's dive career began in the Cayman Islands; where I was born.
She and Tom have a strong personal relationship with Jason & Sue Belport who gave us KSC weeks in all 3 of the Cayman Islands. She calls Bigs Eggert of Sea Explorers in the Philippines her sea sister. She says KSC is so authentic because its personal and not just business.
As you would have guessed KSC has also shaped my sister, Jen’s life too. At 22 she is a PADI instructor and in vet school. Jen and I have grown up traveling the world and it’s made our family closer.
We have had the best life, KVS[MRK YT YRHIV XLI ½RW SJ WS many amazing people. The only one left that mom is still trying to shape is Tom. Our dad, I am sure, will be shaped into a PADI Instructor one day soon too.
I really appreciate the time we have when we are all on location together.
KSC is in 13 countries now over 24 weeks. So Jen and I run trips together with Woody, Aly, Olivia, Patric and other members of our dive team. That’s been a big part of growing up too. I have overcome fear of public speaking for the most part. I even stand up and do karaoke once I have had a few beers. Who would have thought?
I am looking forward to running my own trips for Family Dive Adventures, a division of KSC, that caters more to custom trips that include Fly and Dive. I want to take divers to the Cayman Islands, Galapagos, Palau and many of the more advanced dive destinations.
I am very grateful for all the international friendships and the incredible opportunities those friendships have afforded me over the past 24 years. Being born in the Cayman Islands was a bonus.
A special thank to my parents for putting such inspiring people and places in my path,“i love you both”.
Robbie Peyton stress free and present in the moment.
The Peyton family diving together at Cayman Brac Reef Divers in Cayman Brac.
Robbie Peyton becoming a Tec diver at Buddy Dive Rseort in Bonare.
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