10-Year-Old Divers Save the Seas!

Hi Fellow Crew Member!

It's Addie and Tiffer and we want you to know something very important: While kids may not always pick up their socks (sorry Mom!), they certainly can help Save the Seas! And one great way to Save the Seas is to learn to scuba dive.

No, you don't have to be an adult. (You only have to be 10 for Open Water certification). And no, you don't have to be the world's greatest swimmer. (You just have to be comfortable in the water and able to swim a reasonable distance).

In other words, YOU can be a scuba diver! Really! Let's get started today.

Just follow along with the script from Episode Four ("10-Year-Old Divers Save the Seas!") and click the links you see. Each will give you more information and show you exactly what we learned as we followed our younger sister through her Open Water certification class.

If you have any more questions, please, please, please email us (addie@kissea.com or tiffer@kissea.com) and we will personally zap you an answer.

Thanks for watching -- and for reading -- and welcome aboard the voyages of the KiSSEA Crew!

Click on Allie's OK
to view Episode Four!

Episode Four Script

Get Ready to Dive!
If you're 10 years old or older like Allie (or like our forever-young Oma and Opa), you can be certified as an:
Open Water Diver
(Click here to learn more.)
If you're 9 years old or younger, you can enjoy programs such as:
SASY, Bubblemaker
and SEAL Team
(Click here to learn more.)
S.C.U.B.A. History
SCUBA stands for
Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus.
So, speaking of history, when did diving begin? How about 1535! Click here for an amazing timeline!

Welcome back to the Sea of Cortez! Today we’re going to teach you to scuba dive! And that starts right here at the pool at The Dive Shop in Tucson!

Hey, don’t forget me!

I won’t. (Addie dunks Tiffer.) To show you how much fun learning to scuba dive is, we’re going to follow our younger sister to her scuba lessons. (To learn more about how scuba equipment works, click here!)

Allie is 10 years old and that’s exactly the age you can learn to dive.

My teachers are making this so easy. Today we’re learning how to talk underwater.

Given how much Allie talks, this is a very important skill. See that sign? In scuba talk that means everything is OK. Great job Allie!

Allie has completed her pool work in Tucson and now we’re back in the Sea of Cortez for her open water check out dive. Let’s see how she’s doing.

Looks like she’s doing great. That means she’s now ready to help protect the oceans.

That’s why we want you to learn to dive, too. Scuba divers see firsthand what’s happening to the Sea of Cortez and divers fight very hard to protect what they love.

Why scuba dive?

Jacques Cousteau Says:
"People protect what they love. All of you love the sea. Help us protect her."

Click here to view a brief video of famed ocean explorer Jacques Coustea.

Allie, you’ve just been certified as a Scuba Diver. What are you going to do next?!

I’m going to save the Sea of Cortez! Woooo!

So, today we’re divers. Tomorrow? We’re coming to your school! Join us here as part of the KiSSEA crew!

KiSSEA Crew Links!
YOU are the key to Saving the Sea of Cortez! Imagine the power of thousands of students working together to stop this environmental tragedy. Get your class involved! Working in conjunction with marine experts, the Hilldren have created follow-along student workbooks for each episode in six age categories: Pre-school/Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade, 3rd and 4th grade, 5th and 6th grade, 7th and 8th grade, and High School. Click here to link to these free, downloadable guides!
Did you know that Addie is a third-degree black belt and former national karate champion? That Tiffer recently saved the life of a woman by reaching into a burning car to help cut her out of the wreckage? That Alden at age 10 just received her Open Water scuba certification? And that Bren at age 8 (along with all of his siblings) has done at least one work project to help the needy every week for the past FIVE years? Click here to read more about the real-life adventures of the KiSSEA crew.
Official KiSSEA Crew shirts, hats, pins, stickers and more are available right now at the KiSSEA Crew Store. Show everyone that you are helping to Save the Seas by grabbing your KiSSEA Crew gear today! A portion of the proceeds goes to the amazing Sonoran Sea Aquarium to help them fund their truly exciting educational efforts. Click here to start shopping!
Rule #1 in Scuba is "Never hold your breath." Rule #2 in Scuba is "Always look good." That's why scuba divers love to share information on the gear they use. If you're a diver -- or would like to be or just look like one -- click here to learn more about the gear (and cool Akona adventure apparel) used by the KiSSEA Crew!
The Hilldren got a chance recently to spend a week on Catalina Island snorkeling and studying the ocean with Jean-Michel Cousteau, the son of famed explorer Jacques Cousteau. Jean-Michel told the Hilldren "Kids can change things, too!" so they got into gear and the KiSSEA Crew was born. Click here to learn more about the amazing Jean-Michel Cousteau!
How do you get out to San Pedro Island in the Sea of Cortez? Where are the best diving spots? Where is the best fishing? Where can you enjoy a moonlight cruise of San Carlos Bay? You'll find all the answers -- plus great tips on where to stay in San Carlos -- by clicking here. Say hi to Gary for us!


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