Kids on the Reef is an active two-day classroom and immersion programme teaching the skills and knowledge for youth to become safe free divers and advocates for global ocean issues facing Bermuda. It runs in the fall and spring. The programme includes both confined water and open-water free diving instruction from land and from the boat (depending on weather) along with teaching coral reef ecology, ocean conservation, and personal development through setting goals and coaching mental and body awareness. Students are gifted a mask and a snorkel to keep.
Established in collaboration with I Am Water Conservation Trust in 2013, BZS and Catlin recognised a need after realizing that despite living within walking distance to the shoreline, many Bermudian young people had never seen the underwater world. BZS continues to work with the Bermuda government school system in reaching middle schools across the island – the age group generally considered most at-risk in our society. Thanks to the generous support of Catlin and now XL Catlin, we have introduced hundreds of Bermudian young people to the ocean in their backyard and strive to cater to all the M1 students across the island.
This programme is also possible thanks to the involvement of older chaperones to provide the appropriate supervision in the water. Please contact us if you are interested in volunteering. When the I Am Water free diving instructors visit us, they also offer free diving training to the volunteers.