My husband and I discovered Sea and Learn on our first visit to Saba - it was total serendipity that we had planned our trip during the month of October. On our second visit, we carefully booked and two-week stay in October so we could participate again. Now we own a cottage on Saba and have the joy of spending the entire month enjoying the presentations and field courses. This program is a unique example of science education and community research participation. One memory from last year was an evening hike looking for spiders and scorpions with a group of students. Their excitement on finding a specimen was contagious, and we shared the thrill of finding tiny critters amongst the leaf litter and rocks. Every year brings us new knowledge, new experiences, new skills (things like catching lizards and sampling underwater hot springs) and new friends. The support from the island government and businesses reflects the importance of Sea and Learn to Sabans, and the number of returning visitors whom we see every year speaks to the quality and value of the programs.
My family started diving in Saba in 2013 and we heard about Sea and Learn early on. For many years now, we have made a point of visiting the island during the time that Sea and Learn is being presented and we have found the lectures both interesting and educational. We always try to take part in the workshops that are organized as part of the series as well. We have heard lectures on coral regeneration, climate change, how to measure and assess the age of conch and many more topics. Although we have not been involved in the scholastic part of the series, I know that the lecturers also visit the schools on the island and present lectures and workshops to the school age children. The wonderful diversity of topics keeps us coming back every year for more!