In 2013 we launched the Kids on the Reef program in Bermuda after realizing despite living walking distance to the shoreline, many Bermudian young people had never seen the world just beneath the waves. Working with the Bermuda Zoological Society, Kids on the Reef targets middle school youth from public schools; getting them salty in the ocean and building their blue minds. During 2013, we partnered with Big Brothers Big Sisters Bermuda and from 2014 onwards with the Bermuda government school system in reaching at-risk youth across the island.
Kids on the Reef is an active two-day classroom and immersion program teaching the skills and knowledge for youth to become safe freedivers and advocates for global ocean issues facing Bermuda. The program includes both confined water and open-water freedive instruction along with teaching coral reef ecology, ocean conservation, and personal development through setting goals and coaching mental and body awareness. Thanks to the generous support of Catlin Bermuda we have introduced more than 175 Bermudian young people to the ocean in their backyard and fostered a new generation of ocean advocates.