At Sanibel Sea School, we spend a lot of time underwater. Many of our team members consider the ocean their second home, and have lots of stories to share about their time beneath the surface. 

Here some of us share photos of our favorite deep-blue moments. We'd love it if you would share yours over on our Facebook Page!

 

  Johnny Rader: Here's a picture of me cleaning a coral nursery. I was able to help out with The Nature Conservancy's coral nursery project near Andros in the Bahamas. After a number of years of growth on the trees, the coral fragments are able to be re-planted on the reef. This is an effort to help rebuild damaged coral reefs, and it was an amazing experience to help with such an important project.

 

Johnny Rader: Here's a picture of me cleaning a coral nursery. I was able to help out with The Nature Conservancy's coral nursery project near Andros in the Bahamas. After a number of years of growth on the trees, the coral fragments are able to be re-planted on the reef. This is an effort to help rebuild damaged coral reefs, and it was an amazing experience to help with such an important project.

  Carley Todd: The most charismatic (and photogenic) manatee came into the harbor one day, grazing on algae and seagrass. He paused to admire my GoPro before trying to eat it! 

 

Carley Todd: The most charismatic (and photogenic) manatee came into the harbor one day, grazing on algae and seagrass. He paused to admire my GoPro before trying to eat it! 

  Brooke Linn: Some of my favorite ocean experiences have happened under the surface during my dives in Grand Cayman. Shown here, I am on the stern of the Ex-USS Kittiwake, a former US Navy submarine rescue vessel. On this wreck, I was able to sign one of the very few geocaches underwater! I've also taken lots of Sea Turtle selfies, have been under grottos, gone on night dives and have found octopus that come out to feed, and so much more. I can't wait to finish my Divemaster. 

 

Brooke Linn: Some of my favorite ocean experiences have happened under the surface during my dives in Grand Cayman. Shown here, I am on the stern of the Ex-USS Kittiwake, a former US Navy submarine rescue vessel. On this wreck, I was able to sign one of the very few geocaches underwater! I've also taken lots of Sea Turtle selfies, have been under grottos, gone on night dives and have found octopus that come out to feed, and so much more. I can't wait to finish my Divemaster. 

  Spencer Richardson: One of my favorite ocean experiences that I have a photo from was when we went out on a celebratory 4th of July dive on Andros. We had an amazing time exploring a site we rarely got to visit, full of amazing invertebrates and fish. We even speared some big lionfish for dinner. The fish blood brought in a big Caribbean reef shark that made us drop our bucket of lionfish. We were able to observe an amazing creature while it tried to extract the fish from our bucket with no luck. Once the shark gave up it was time for us to bravely retrieve our bucket and head up the anchor line to go home and make our fresh fish tacos for dinner. 

 

Spencer Richardson: One of my favorite ocean experiences that I have a photo from was when we went out on a celebratory 4th of July dive on Andros. We had an amazing time exploring a site we rarely got to visit, full of amazing invertebrates and fish. We even speared some big lionfish for dinner. The fish blood brought in a big Caribbean reef shark that made us drop our bucket of lionfish. We were able to observe an amazing creature while it tried to extract the fish from our bucket with no luck. Once the shark gave up it was time for us to bravely retrieve our bucket and head up the anchor line to go home and make our fresh fish tacos for dinner. 

  Leah Biery: While in the Keys for Coral Reef Week one year, we took the campers offshore to swim in the Gulf Stream. The water was so clear and blue that you could hardly tell which way was up. As soon as I jumped in, the most beautiful school of tiny mahi-mahi swam by, then this tripletail decided I'd make a good habitat. She stayed right under me until it was time to leave. 

 

Leah Biery: While in the Keys for Coral Reef Week one year, we took the campers offshore to swim in the Gulf Stream. The water was so clear and blue that you could hardly tell which way was up. As soon as I jumped in, the most beautiful school of tiny mahi-mahi swam by, then this tripletail decided I'd make a good habitat. She stayed right under me until it was time to leave. 

  Nicole Finnicum: This is actually the background on my computer. It was the first time I took our teens to Andros Island in the Bahamas. We were trying to snap a photo while swimming in the Tongue of the Ocean, which is 6,000 feet deep. This trip was so memorable to me because I got to see lifelong SX3 campers fall deeply in love with the ocean in the place that I truly fell in love with the ocean - it was such a transformative experience for them and I was so happy to share the moment.

 

Nicole Finnicum: This is actually the background on my computer. It was the first time I took our teens to Andros Island in the Bahamas. We were trying to snap a photo while swimming in the Tongue of the Ocean, which is 6,000 feet deep. This trip was so memorable to me because I got to see lifelong SX3 campers fall deeply in love with the ocean in the place that I truly fell in love with the ocean - it was such a transformative experience for them and I was so happy to share the moment.

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