Treat the Kids to a Home School Field Trip01 Aug 2020
With schools closed during lockdown, many families have been homeschooling their children, the kitchen table became a classroom and school trips as well as holidays were cancelled. With restrictions easing and travel becoming possible once again the adventures can begin!
The Maldives offers amazing opportunities for educational, action-packed and fun-filled trips, here’s how:
- If the kids are aged 10 or more, they can learn to scuba dive in the safe, shallow lagoons with our patient team of instructors. They won’t need to spend lots of time in the classroom as it’s possible to complete the theory sessions and knowledge development quizzes online with PADI eLearning. But, if you would like to snatch some adult time for a quiet drink or spa treatment, the classroom sessions would provide you with that opportunity!
- Learning to dive is hugely educational for children, it brings the subjects of science to life, it’s a science project like they would never experience at school with chemistry, physics and biology all interlinked and able to be related to the practical aspects of what the kids are doing.
- Kids aged 8 and 9 can also learn about breathing underwater with the PADI Bubblemaker program where they can have fun and dive to 2 meters in the lagoon and spotting colourful fish and maybe even turtles.
- Snorkelling is also a great way for the the whole family to experience the incredible marine life of the Maldives and there are family friendly trips available where it’s possible to come face to face with rays, turtles and even whalesharks, an abundance of tropical fish is guaranteed!
- There are many great fish identification and marine life books around and it’s a great idea to get one before your trip so the children can start to learn the fish names – excitement levels peak when they spot one they’ve been reading about. Underwater fish ID slates are also a good idea and those showing the species most likely to be seen are usually available in our dive shops at the resorts.
- As well as the underwater learning, the kids can learn about the culture, geography and weather patterns of the Maldives – there is a huge amount of information on our website as well as the websites of the resorts themselves, get started by reading up on coral reefs.
- For a pre-holiday project you could watch a documentary about life in the tropical oceans – the Blue Planet episode about Coral Seas is brilliant for seeing what lies in store during your trip.
- We work very closely with Manta Trust and Olive Ridley Project and their sites have a lot sof information about conservation that will fascinate children and adults alike.
The Maldives is a destination where kids can be given freedom and experience independence, the one island, one resort ethos makes it a safe haven for families.