"Chase had an awesome time and learned a great deal as well. In his words, the trip was "amazing, best trip ever!" He misses sleeping in the hammock, working out on the boat, and spending the evenings on the beach with everyone. When I asked him what he might change about the trip, he said he'd make it much longer of course. He enjoyed everyone on the trip, Paul, Mikki and Matt, and the whole crew at the facility. He loved all of the activities ... the research, the cave tour. All around awesome! Thanks again for such a wonderful trip!
Sue Deyo | Parent of Belize Expedition Student
"Our middle school divers enjoyed one of the most impactful experiences of their young lives in Grand Cayman with Ocean First Institute. The Ocean First dive instructors made certain the trip was safe and fun, and they provided our students with the support and skills needed to be confident, capable divers. Most importantly, Ocean First Institute frames diving in terms of understanding the marine realm, and using dive skills to move beyond recreational diving. Our advanced students are collecting fish survey data and using their newfound underwater digital photography skills to document reef health. In our latest meeting back at school, the vote was unanimous -- we all wished to be back in the water in Grand Cayman, exploring and collecting data". Steve Newman | Science Teacher| Kent Denver School
"Our program has greatly benefited from our partnership with Ocean First Institute. The Institute brings a wealth of experience and great passion to its interactions with students. Our students enjoyed learning about marine ecology through the lens of Dr. McComb-Kobza's research on shark physiology. Our partnership with Ocean First Institute culminated in a multi-day trip to Grand Cayman where our advanced students participated in fish surveys with REEFS.org under the guidance of Dr. Mikki. Not only did the trip provide our students with the opportunity to contribute their skills to a citizen science project, but it helped to foster our students' developing awareness of the perils facing the ocean today and their commitment to serving as ambassadors for our embattled ocean ecosystems." Chrissy Frederick | Science Teacher| Kent Denver School
"I think the Sustainability Plan template is a very useful tool, I love the way it ends up being our manual when I'm done."
Ginette Bariteau | owner | Scuba 6 Eco Diving, Panama.