Monday, 12 February 2018

Top 5 water activities at camp

Sugar Bay Resort, a holiday camp for kids and teens on the north coast of KwaZulu-Natal is popular for all their water activities offered at camp. 
 
Situated on the coastal village of Zinkwazi Beach, warm climate and warm sea temperatures occur throughout the year, making water sport possible throughout every season. The summer camp also has private access to the Zinkwazi lagoon and beach, which is an added benefit. 
 
Here are 5 of the most popular water activities offered at Sugar Bay:

1. Surfing
 
A number of campers have learned how to surf at Sugar Bay. The camp has trained instructors in every water sport, who are passionate about the ocean and the sport they teach. Often, kids come to camp terrified of water and leave camp qualified as a level 1 surfer. Surfing is taught at different levels in the lagoon, and campers receive certificates for completing each level of training successfully before they get to surf in the ocean. There is no greater pleasure than standing up on the surfboard for the first time. 
 
2. Stand-Up-Paddle-Boarding (SUP)
Stand-up-paddle-boarding is the second-most-popular water sport at Sugar Bay and often practiced in the Zinkwazi lagoon. Again, our campers are taught this water sport in levels; from safety, to balance and eventually paddling solo. Whether you’re just balancing on your board, or paddling, this sport is a great low impact exercise that is a combination of balance, strength, and endurance. It is also a very relaxing sport that our campers really enjoy. 
 
3. Body-Boarding
This sport, known as the art of riding waves in a prone position and the easier way to get into the waves, also referred to as boogie-boarding, is the third-most-popular water sport at Sugar Bay. Body-boarding is great for improving the muscular strength of your arms and developing leg muscles. This sport is also taught in stages, with beginners learning the basics in the lagoon until they are able to body-board in the ocean. 
 
4. Kayaking
Kayaking is a sport which requires a paddler to be seated upright in a kayak and paddle in order to move across the water. At Sugar Bay, paddlers kayak in the lagoon, as well as the ocean. The sport is great for cardiovascular fitness and helps increase muscle strength in the back, arms, shoulders, and chest from moving the paddles. Campers, however, enjoy the activity because of its mental benefits. They find the activity to be stress relieving. 

5. Sea Swim/Pool Swim
 
If there is one water sports activity at Sugar Bay that requires no equipment in order for it to be performed and offers unlimited fun, its sea swim, and pool swim. All campers need is for their sunscreen to be thoroughly applied and their bathing costumes. Sugar Bay Resort offers pool to swim on the camp premises, in the twenty-five by twenty-five-meter pool, and sea swims in a designated area at the beach. Both activities aren’t restricted by rules. There are only safety precautions to abide by. There’s nothing more exciting than jumping over waves in the ocean and diving into the deep-end of the swimming pool after coming down the water slides. This water sport is an all-time favourite at camp and one that is certainly most exciting. 
 
These are only a few water sport activities offered at Sugar Bay Resort. The camp offers over one-hundred free choice of activities, both on land and in water. 

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Advantages of being a summer camp Lifeguard

Most summer camps which are located on the coast, are always in search of lifeguards to reinforce water safety and assist campers who are in distress in the water. 
 
Suitable candidates for this position will obviously have to be excellent swimmers. So, if swimming is one of your strengths, it would be wonderful to give this career path a try. Not only does this career provide a great opportunity to earn an income, but also, valuable life skills that would be a great addition to your resume. 
 
Here are 5 advantages of being a summer camp lifeguard: 
 
1. The opportunity to make a difference Being a lifeguard is a rewarding job. Instead of just making money, you will be helping to make the community a safer place. Many drowning survivors look up to lifeguards as role models, simply because their lives were saved by one. 
 
2. Learn how to save lives
Becoming a lifeguard requires intense, yet very beneficial training. First Aid and CPR are incredibly valuable skills to have. These skills are especially beneficial in fatal situations, where they can be applied in order to save lives. 
 
3. You get to stay in shape whilst having fun
Unlike an office job, being a lifeguard requires you to stay fit in order to perform your duties efficiently. Daily fitness programs such as multiple laps in the pool are customary. Added benefits include being in the outdoors, enjoying the fresh air, soaking up the sunlight, and, getting to splash in the water throughout the summer. 
 
4. The opportunity to form a life-saving team
One of the most important aspects of being a lifeguard is teamwork. Lifeguards work together in a team to save lives. Lifeguard teams need to be united and have a mutual love for water and saving lives, which bring them closer together and allow them to bond, not just as colleagues, but as friends. 
 
5. Improve your resume
Any company would give more consideration to a candidate with life-saving skills. Apart from the first aid and safety skills, employers are aware that lifeguards are also responsible, quick thinkers, mature, have good customer service and communication skills, and, have great concentration. All of which, make the perfect candidate for most jobs. 
 
Don’t let your love for the ocean and swimming go to waste. Pursue being a lifeguard and become a hero. 

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Tuesday, 6 February 2018

How to make Gel Candles

 
We love recycling at Sugar Bay, and if there’s one thing we keep collecting over the years, its empty baby food glass jars. These cute, little glass jars gave us the perfect opportunity to turn them into recycled gel candles.
 
Here’s how we recycle these jars to create Gel candles:

You will need:

  • Candle Gel
  • Baby Food Glass Jar
  • Zinc wicks
  • 2 Pencils
  • Glue
  • Thermometer
  • Essential oil for fragrance
  • Liquid color dye
  • Embeds (Anything non-flammable, such as glitter, sand, sea shells, pebbles, etc.

Method:

  1. Place a little bit of glue in the center of the bottom of the glass jar. Stick the wick in it and let the glue set.
  2. Cut the gel into small pieces so it melts faster and more evenly. Melt it in a stainless steel pot over a medium heat at 100 Degrees Celsius. Remember to keep the temperature constant, since overheated gel loses its clarity. The gel should melt and become smooth, like syrup.
  3. Add color dye to the melted gel, little by little, until you get the desired color. Remember, that for a candle with embedded objects, you should use only a little color, so the objects remain visible.
  4. Add 1 teaspoon of fragrance to the melting gel. This will allow your candles to release a lovely scent once they are ready to burn.
  5. Place the embeds in the jar by dipping them in hot gel first and then arranging them in the jar as desired.
  6. Now it is time to pour your gel into the glass jar. Be sure to pour the gel slowly and carefully.
  7. Pull the wick up and secure it in between two pencils to keep it straight.
  8. Let the candle cool and trim the wick to your desired length.
Creating a gel candle with embeds is as simple as that! 

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DIY Wax Glitter Candles

There’s nothing more our campers love at Sugar Bay than creating crafts during Arts and Crafts classes. Especially, when we decide to get lit and create wax glitter candles.
 
Light up the room and add sparkle to any occasion with these wax glitter candles:

You will need:

  • Candle-making wax
  • Wax crayon in desired colour
  • Large candle wicks
  • Fragrance oil
  • Spatula
  • Baking Mold in desired shape
  • Heat-resistant container
  • Double boiler
  • Thermometer
  • 2 Pencils

Method:

  1. Step 1: Measure the wax - Measure out how much wax you would need to fill your container by filling up the container. Always use two measures. That’s how much of wax you will need to melt.
  2. Step 2: Grate your wax crayon - After selecting the colour which you would like the candle to be, begin grating the crayon and add to the wax measure.
  3. Step 3: Melt the wax - Pour the wax into your double boiler and allow to melt for 10 to 15 minutes, whilst stirring frequently.
  4. Step 4: Add fragrance oils - When your candle wax is melted, it’s time to add fragrance oils. Use at most, two tablespoons of fragrance oils. Simply pour it into your melted wax and stir for a few seconds.
  5. Step 5: Attach the wick - The wick needs to be attached to the bottom of your container before you pour in the wax into the mold. You can attach the wick by dipping it in the melting wax then quickly sticking it to the bottom of the container. Give it five minutes to harden and stick to the bottom of the container.
  6. Step 6: Pour the wax - Before you pour the wax into your container, let it cool for a few minutes. When the temperature on the thermometer reads 140 degrees Celsius, you may begin slowly pouring it into the mold. Ensure that you firmly hold the wick in place.
  7. Step 7: Secure the wick - To prevent your wick from swaying in the hot wax, you need to secure it in place. Lay two pencils across the top of the mold. Secure the wick in between so that it stays centered while the wax hardens.
  8. Step 8: Let the wax set - Allow the wax to set for four hours at room temperature.
All you need is for the darkness of the night to settle in, before you light it up with these glittering candles.  

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