This Mermaid was born from the ocean to spread the word to us land folk about the troubles at Sea with human made pollution. But before this purpose was bestowed upon her, she was set in motion to travel the world with her scientist parents, and adventure seeking father. By the time SparKle made it to Santa Barbara at the age of 19, she had lived in 3 different continents (Australia, Europe, North America) and rode horses professionally in Ireland. She speaks French and a bit of Spanglish, has an extensive knowledge of almost every religion, can wrangle a Zebra, and makes the most amazing purple soup EVER. Through the early adventures sparked by a inherited thirsty spirit of exploration, she realized her passion for educating children about science and the health of the Ocean. In her post University endeavors, Kaia climbed her way with zeal to take the Executive Director role at Save the Mermaids, a non-profit organization established by college friends in the early 2010's. Still with land legs, this Mermaid walks tall for ocean health.
Kaia Stachel-Zambryski instructs the following:
Ocean Explorers After School Program
Youth will interact with the ocean to learn about ocean conservancy, marine animals, ocean safety, water quality, marine debris, sustainable farming, marine ecology and mostly, have FUN! Daily activities include a variation of kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, surfing, snorkeling, beach play, beach cleanups and ocean education. Once a month we will head on field trips to the Sea Center and Maritime Museum. By learning sports that help connect to the ocean and its vastness beyond, we will give your ocean explorers a chance to build confidence in the water while giving them a unique perspective to view fish, seal, sea lions, dolphins, and possibly whales below or above the water.
Together let's explore & learn new skills that bring our ocean to your flippers! What is so exciting about education programs that spend time on the water is that when we are engaged with the ocean, touching the ocean, it is inevitable that we will harbor and grow compassion for the sea. Let’s PLAY and from there learn to nurture and protect.
All instructors have Ocean Risk Management, Wilderness First Responder and First Aid/CPR certifications. This program is for children ages 7-14 who can complete 50M swim test. After School Ocean Explorers Mondays and Wednesdays 3:30-5:30pm