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Learn to Dive

jesper-diving-instructor-richmondvale-diving-center Jesper is a diving instructor at Richmond Vale Diving Center
When you join a program at Richmond Vale Academy it is possible to become a certified Diver. We started to engage in pro...
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Learn more about our amazing Academy!

Learn more about our amazing Academy!
It’s 9 pm at Richmond Vale Academy, and a small circle of drummers sends rhythms into the darkness of the hills. The stars seem to be on steroids, but we still need flashlights for our dragon quest. Franklyn—the local hiking guide, night watchman, and nocturnal pollinator-in-chief—ambles ahead of our motley group: two young Scandinavian honeymooners, two mature ladies from Barbados, and a burly Dane who is minding a teenage boy with unspecified problems. Franklyn leads us into rows of tall, twisting cacti whose flowers reach full bloom only at this time. Lacking the right moths, they need human hands and a paintbrush to stimulate the production of dragonfruit, Hylocereus costaricensis. The huge white blossoms have a monstrous beauty. Tonight there are...
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Why should you feed your horse with moringa?

Why should you feed your horse with moringa?
[caption id="attachment_10058" align="alignleft" width="320"] Moringa forest My daily task in taking care of the horses is to feed them moringa. Moringa, also called The Miracle Tree, really is a miracle. It's a very healthy plant that can be eaten by humans and animals and it's very easy to plant. Almost all of the parts of the tree are edible, raw or cooked. It contains an incredibly high dose of vitamins, minerals and proteins. At the academy we eat moringa leaves in our salad and drink it in tea. The horses and the pigs eat the whole branches. Raw it tastes a little bit like radish and cooked it has a mild neutral taste. At Richmond vale is a forest where...
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Communication with horses

Communication with horses
Most of the time when people communicate with horses it's just one-way. People do speak but mostly fail at listening. When you want to accomplish something with your horse without force it's important that you can understand each other. Communication is speaking and listening. Stina told me that it’s important to take time, wait and listen. Think about what's going on in his mind, where is his attention? To understand what the horse is saying you don’t need much knowledge of horses. Just some good sense and lots of interest will manage. Be curious, when you focus on details it becomes very interesting. It's like communication with people. How often aren't we just listening to confirm our own thoughts instead...
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Types of Scuba Diving 101 | Infographic

Types of Scuba Diving 101 | Infographic
The sea is an amazing place to explore. A space of the earth that, throughout the history, has caught the attention of the human being. Enigmatic, grandiose and dangerous in a way. And perhaps for that reason the ideal place for explorations of all kinds. In which the individual feels embraced by all its immensity. So, the best way to enjoy the ocean, is with your favorite types of scuba diving [caption id="attachment_7090" align="aligncenter" width="710"] photo credit: Pexels Scuba diving is one of the most popular activities for both travelers and for outdoor sports enthusiasts. Unlike free diving or snorkeling. Scuba diving utilises breathing apparatus containing compressed air, carried by the diver themselves.  In order to dive freely to larger depths and...
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Awareness

Awareness
I came to St. Vincent horse school because I want to learn how to develop a real connection with my horses. After just one week I have learned already so much! I have two miniature horses. Every day I spend lots of time with them to provide in their needs, but I'm missing something. The first lesson with Stina was all about social behaviour and politeness. When I met her horses I saw something I had never seen before. Very polite and well-mannered horses but still pure and natural. Not drilled by training but more like they had a lovely nurturing with very clear boundaries. The perfect environment where everybody is allowed to speak but also listens. So I realized...
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13 Benefits of Hiking that you should definitely know about it! [INFOGRAPHIC]

13 Benefits of Hiking that you should definitely know about it! [INFOGRAPHIC]
[Tweet "The practice of hiking is perhaps one of the activities of greater gratification for the human."] That's why, the direct contact with nature makes this practice one of the most popular worldwide. So, people of all ages can do different types of hiking routes. Also, enjoy the differente benefits of hiking. So, the best of all is that the routes offered by different hikes are adaptable to the conditions and tastes of each person. Hiking has a direct relationship with camping activities, since usually a good hiking route, can get to occupy several days. Then, for some hiking trails, climbing skills are required and in others abseiling. So, everything varies depending on the adventure of hiking that you are willing...
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7 Amazing Things to do in St. Vincent

7 Amazing Things to do in St. Vincent
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is an island country in the Americas, located at the north of Venezuela and the island of Granada, in the chain of the Lesser Antilles of the Caribbean Sea. The country has a British colonial history and is now part of the Commonwealth of Nations and Caribbean Community ( CARICOM ). Its capital and more populated city is Kingstown, located in the island of St. Vincent. Formed by the greater island of St. Vincent and by a series of smaller islands in the south, the country has a very pleasant climate, with an average temperature of 27ºC in summer. Tourism has been an important source of income for this Caribbean nation, which has hotels, cabins...
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7 Beautiful reasons why you should go hiking

Are you looking for a healthy sport that allows you to be in contact with nature and suitable for any type of person? Without a doubt, that sport is hiking . The frenetic pace of life, the work and the jungle of asphalt in which we live are passing the bill. It is not a purely physical matter, but a mental one. Depression is already a pandemic and rare is the person who has not experienced stress, anxiety or insomnia. Spending time outdoors may be better than you think. Hiking is obviously healthy for our body, but few stop to think that it could also be beneficial to our mental health. That is why more and more people are aware...
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This is our Backyard: The Spectacular La Soufrière Volcano

Can you imagine getting up from your bed, going to the patio and having a view of a volcano? We present to you our backyard in Richmond Vale Academy : La Soufrière volcano. [caption id="attachment_7270" align="aligncenter" width="500"] La Soufrière Volcano - Our Backyard One of St. Vincent's most dramatic vistas is a volcanic mountain situated in the rugged north. La Soufrière, often shrouded in cloud, waits for the hearty and energetic to climb its 4,000 feet to be stunned by its immensity. St. Vincent and the Grenadines is part of an island chain in the southeastern Caribbean called the Lesser Antilles, or Windward Islands. Referred to as the “Gem of the Antilles,”. St. Vincent and the Grenadines is comprised of...
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The Fair of Flair in Chateaubelair and "Ecotourism"

Traveling has been vastly popular for centuries now. No doubt about it. However now with climate change and global warming as a hot topic. People are becoming more and more aware of the impact their travel habits can have on the place people visit. And now is the start of the term Ecotourism . It is responsible travel to a natural areas that conserves the environment, sustains the well-being of the local people. As a traveler this means to minimize physical, social, behavioural and psychological impacts. As travelers we should have the compassion and interest to support local people with their art, food and traditional ways of expressing themselves. Local products in some cases may be more expensive. However it...
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20 Inspirational Hiking Quotes to get you out there

[caption id="attachment_6931" align="alignleft" width="300"] Photo Credit: Richmond Vale Diving and Hiking Center Few recreation activities offer as much benefit in return for as little as hiking does. Hiking is a basic mountaineering modality it does not need heavy backpacks with expensive equipment, nor climbing steep slopes nor knowing complicated techniques of knots or risky climbing maneuvers. Hiking allows us to enjoy something that we have done all our lives: walking. So, walking beyond going from the house to the car and from the parking lot to the office... Walking is healthy, we gain strength in the legs, the heart beats with more vigor, the lungs work more effectively, biceps, stomach muscles, chest and shoulders are benefit from the simple fact of walking. To...
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This is all the scuba diving gear you need!

Scuba Diving is one of the most rewarding activities you can do. A relaxing hobby in which you will experience different experiences. In each dive you will observe and learn new things while having the opportunity to make new friends. So, the relaxing atmosph ere offered by the sea and the snorkeling activity itself are probably the main reasons for the existence of a camaraderie among divers. Then, you do not always find this in other activities.   [caption id="attachment_6834" align="aligncenter" width="400"] Photo credit: pixabay Sharing ex periences and even tips and tricks while navigating makes learning something new. So, this is an activity of coexistence in which if you travel alone. Then, you will always find a partner. And...
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Do you know about the United Nations Green Passport?

[caption id="attachment_6779" align="alignleft" width="233"] Photo credit: unep Most of the time, we are thinking of going on vacation. Also, we want to know new countries, learning about culture, gastronomy, and have fun. But have you ever thought about how your vacation can affect the planet? No, we're not telling you not to go on vacation.  But, you can help take care of the environment and enjoy your vacation while you do it. To do this you only need the United Nations Green Passport. The Green Passport  (http://www.unep.fr/greenpassport/) was developed in the International Working Group on Sustainable Tourism Development.  It was launched at the Berlin Tourism Fair 2008 by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP). And by the Ministry of Ecology, Energy,...
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La Soufriere Leeward Trail Clearing Report

Background This report is a partial fulfilment of the GEF funded project to rehabilitate the La Soufriere Leeward Trail on St. Vincent .  No maintenance work was done on this trail for a number of years and in 2010 it was made worse with the passing of hurricane Thomas which totally devastated the trail. Huge trees were uprooted and blocked the trail, landslides took out sections of the trail which caused persons to use alternative route.  In 2013 further damage was done to the trail by the passing of a trough system that affected the whole island.  Despite these negative impacts the trail remained untouched, visitation was low because of the trail condition, shrubs and trees grew up on the...
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Rescue Diver: How to Deal with Emergencies

The Richmond Beach count with the Richmond Vale Diving Academy who teaches how to deal with dive emergencies and prepare the full program to the most vocational rescue diver. Here’s the story of Bjarke. Rescue Diver Experiences [caption id="attachment_6700" align="alignright" width="500"] Photo Credit: Richmond Vale Diving and Hiking Academy . “Rescue Diver Stop. Breathe. Think. Only then should you act. And rushing into a rescue can make you both victims. Also, in the level 3 of scuba diving courses, you’ll learn how to deal with dive emergencies using a variety of techniques and skills. By the end of this course, you’ll know how to avoid risks and how to respond in case things do go wrong. Rescue Diver emergencies My...
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The Natural King and Guardian of St. Vincent

Going up to La Soufrière: The natural king and guardian of St. Vincent.   Richmond Vale Academy  Climate Compliance Program – Team 13  Study task 2 – Experience  María Olano. St. Vincent and the Grenadines is not far from that. La Soufrière is the country volcano, a natural monstrous marvel that can be seen from almost every point of the island. It stands there, with all his imperial magnitude, the king and guardian of this portion of land that carries all the warm of the lava within their citizen kindness. Every country have they own appealing characteristics with historical monuments, unique landscapes, and particular roadways. These touristic assets that are frequently use by travel agencies to show how attractive a...
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