Don't Try This at Home: Daredevils and Thrill Seekers
Deep Sea Daredevils
Think about the world’s oceans: powerful, mysterious, beautiful, and more than a little intimidating, right? Not for these aquatic explorers. This week, dive deep into the ocean’s underbelly, swim with sharks, sail around the world solo—of course, all without getting wet, because that’s the Camp Kinda way.
what you’ll need
Besides the device you're viewing this on, something to write with, and something to write on, you will need...
- Tin foil
- Marbles or other small objects you can use to fill up your boat
Ask About Today
If you could pick one sea creature to swim alongside, what would it be and why?
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Laura Dekker was born on a boat. And when she was just 14, she set sail around the world, becoming the youngest person ever to complete this journey. Meet Laura in this excerpt from Maidentrip, a documentary about her voyage. (If you’re interested in watching the full-length film about Laura, it is rentable on YouTube for $3.99. Be sure to check with a grown-up first, though!)
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Leave Your Tank at Home
Scuba diving is intimidating enough—even with an oxygen tank. But did you know some divers specialize in deep-sea diving without oxygen? Called “free diving,” this extreme underwater sport is exhilarating, intense, and dangerous, too. Go underwater with free diver Guillaume Néry in this National Geographic short film.
Ocean for Oceans
Ocean Ramsey has the right job for her name: she’s a marine biologist. Ocean grew up around sharks, and now she’s committed to shark conservation. That means getting up close and personal with these many-toothed creatures of the sea.
Diving for History
We usually think of scuba diving for the sake of swimming with sea creatures or exploring coral reefs. What about scuba diving for history? Diving With a Purpose is a volunteer organization led by Black divers who want to use their diving passion to uncover the past. They’ve searched the wreckage of sunken ships that once carried enslaved people from West Africa, salvaged pieces of aircraft once flown by the Tuskegee Airmen, and more. Learn about their journey in this article, and watch the embedded video clips for more.
Join the Polar Bear Club
When you hear “polar bear,” you might be thinking of furry residents of the Arctic. We’re talking about people who dive into the frigid ocean...on January 1st. Learn about this chilly tradition (and maybe make your own plan for next year?).
Over the Falls in a Barrel
In 1901, Annie Edson Taylor hoped to become rich and famous for going over Niagara Falls in a wooden barrel. She made it down the falls alive, but never quite achieved the acclaim she was hoping for.
For younger explorers
Meet Eugenie Clark, who fell in love with sharks as a young girl and grew up to be a fearless ocean explorer, in this read-aloud of Shark Lady by Jess Keating.
For younger explorers
The Bear Report
Journey to the Arctic along with Sophie and her new friend, Olafur the bear, in this beautiful story written and illustrated by Thyra Heder.
Are You as Strong as a Diver?
Think scuba diving isn’t hard work? Think again. Try these five exercises at home to get yourself in shape for scuba diving. (Be safe and just do what you can!)