TIDE Dance Academy

We are now excited to introduce the TIDE Dance Academy!

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Happy New Year!


Happy New Year!


I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday vacation.


I am very excited to be back in session.  As you can see we have many new faces and some additional classrooms!  We have separated grades 3 and 4 and 5th and 6th as well.  Emma and Maren, our newest additions to TIDE are very excited to join the team and help with the middle grades.  I wanted to go over a few updates and reminders just so we are all on the same page this January.

  1. Excused vs Un-excused Absences

            At TIDE we want to promote a flexible education that caters to traveling families and students with other priorities.  This means if a family wants to travel or a students needs to compete in another country we allow this time excused AS LONG as the parents inform the administration two weeks before the planned absence.  The student is then responsible for collecting and completing the necessary work while they are absent.  When the student returns the work is expected to be completed, if the work is not completed the student MUST stay after school to finish the scheduled work.  All students that are excused from school for more than a week will be required to fill out the new TIDE TRAVEL form when they return as well!

When a student is sick they need to bring in a Doctors note or medical form saying that they were unable to attend school, if such paperwork is not presented to the administration the day miss is an un-excused absence.

In summary all days are excused that have given the administration two weeks noticed and the student has informed his or her teachers.  If a student does not inform the administration of a future absence this day is un-excused unless a Drs note or medical form is presented to the administration.

  1. Cell Phone Use

Cell phones are still and have always been prohibited in class.  Students are to give all cellphones to the front desk at the beginning of the day.  If this is not done, Ali will collect them while doing attendance at the beginning of the day.  Please respect the rules of the school and remember if you need to reach your son or daughter the TIDE office number is: 4702-8795




  1. Enrichment Activities!

After school classes have begun!  PLEASE bring in the sign-up form so we know what classes you are taking.  If you have not signed up for any classes but you are staying afterschool you will be kept in study hall with Katie.  These forms are necessary to take the classes!

  1. Parent Teacher Meet and Greet!

Thursday the 26th we will have a Parent/Teacher Meet from 2:30-3:30.  We invite all parents to attend to meet the teachers and staff of TIDE.

As always if you have any concerns or questions about the classes your child is taking please let us know!  We want to cater to each child’s needs the best that we can!





Happy October!

Happy October!

This month has been flying by!


I just wanted to share a few announcements:


  • Rainy Season Vacation- There is no school next week (October 24-29), enjoy the rainy season and we will see you October 31st!
  • Surf Contest this weekend. Everyone is invited to come participate and or watch this weekends Surf the TIDE contest in Avellanas. All surfers can sign up on the beach at 7:00am, event will start at 8:00am
  • Tidal Dancers, TIDE’s Dance Academy is open! For more information on the classes, schedule, and additional information contact Emily at: Tidaldancers@gmail.com
  • Culture Week! This week all of Marielos’ students celebrated Dia de Cultura by bringing in foods from different countries. Ask your child(ren) what cultures they learned about
  • Gracias Jesus! A big thank you to Malakai’s dad for coming to TIDE and sharing his knowledge on fincas, plants, composts, and gardens in Ileana’s class.
  • October 31st School will be back in session. If your child would like to dress up for Halloween during school hours they are more than welcome to that day! We will not be having a Halloween party at school however, there will be a Halloween Celebration at CRIA
  • 1st-6th graders thank you for your patience with the change in teachers during this time. Alana will be back after the break. A huge thanks to Katie and Jamie stepping it up at this time!



Again, we welcome all parents to express their questions, suggestions, and/or concerns. We are forever grateful for your support!





Meet our 2016-2017 Teachers and Staff



Enrichment Class: Ocean Awareness

Chelsea (Director)Chelsea founded TIDE Academy in 2011 in her own backyard. She wanted to create a schooling program that allowed students to learn at his or her own pace and to allow students to focus on other priorities without being penalized. Since the first year the school has been gradually growing and now how reached its maximum enrolment of 42 students. Chelsea is very excited with the 2016-2017 staff, students, and families. Her goal is to continue to make TIDE better and better in all aspects: Academics, Enrichment Program, and TIDE Abroad. With the amazing support of the staff, family, and students there is no doubt this will happen! When Chelsea isn’t at TIDE she is organizing local surf contests, running Circuito Guanacasteco de Surf (CGS), Playing field hockey, or chillin with Moxie.




Ali and Ava (Admin)This will be Ali’s third year at TIDE Academy. Ali and her daughter Ava are excited to continuing the Admin role at TIDE. Ali, enjoys the office environment and working with all the amazing families who are part of the TIDE. We are sure you will be hearing from Ali at some point this year, please stop by and say hello to her and Ava any time!



Teaches Math and Sciences

Enrichment Classes: Dance and Stretch

Emily (9th-12th)Emily is a British Citizen born in Durban, South Africa. When she was 4 years old her and her family immigrated to the United States where she spent my childhood growing up in Houston, Texas.  She is a registered nurse with her certification from the St Bartholemew’s School of Nursing ( City University) in London, England. She specializes in HIV and Infectious disease.

Emily teaches mathematics from basics to advanced, Government and Economics and Life Sciences such as Anatomy and Physiology.

She also teaches dance. She is starting her third year at TIDE and she is excited for all the new changes and things to come with the school!  Emily firmly believes in the philosophy behind TIDE and that every child learns in his or her own way. “Every child deserves the chance to learn in a way that is comprehensible and exiting for them!”




Teaches: 1st and 2nd Grade

Enrichment Class: Art

Photo on 5-24-16 at 9.35 AMKatie is originally from New York City. She lived in Madrid, Spain for 4 years where she pursued her undergraduate degree and fell in love with the Spanish language. Katie has volunteered in Spain and Costa Rica as an ESL teacher. She just finished her second year as a certified elementary school teacher in Washington, D.C. She loves to incorporate the arts as much as possible into her teaching practice! In her spare time, she loves cooking exotic dishes, running, and traveling. She is so excited to be back in Costa Rica to join the TIDE Academy family.



Teaches: 3rd and 4th Grade, 5th and 6th Social Studies and Science

Enrichment Class: Homework Club

Alana (1st-2nd)Alana is originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana but has lived many places including New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and for the majority of her life in South Carolina.  She spent the last 10 years in Colorado before moving to beautiful Tamarindo.  Alana will be teaching 3-4 grade Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies along with 5-6 grade Science and Social Studies.  Her after school program includes homework club where she will work with students who may need extra support understanding concepts, organizing and completing work or may need differentiated in a variety of ways to let their academic strengths shine and flourish here at TIDE Academy.  Alana graduated with an undergraduate degree with a B.S. in Science with a concentration in exercise science from the University of South Carolina. Go Gamecocks!!  From there she was accepted into the Occupational Therapy Masters program at Colorado State University where she completed her graduate studies and thesis to earn an M.A. in Occupational Therapy specializing in pediatrics both clinically and in the school setting.  Alana so excited to continue working at TIDE because of the students she is given the opportunity to interact with everyday.  Each and every one of them are so unique in personality and learning style that she really feels at home as an Occupational Therapist in a teachers role.  She is able to use her scope of practice as an Occupational Therapist understanding growth and development and the multitude of supports available for all varieties of learning styles while teaching TIDE students.



Teaches: 7th to 12th Grade Spanish and Social Studies

Enrichment Class: Spanish

208171_4426782641052_1098520707_nThis is Ileanis’s first year at TIDE and we are very excited to have her join the team! Ileanis is a widow and has 13 years old son named Manuel. She is from San José, Costa Rica where she studied Law. Ileanis came to Guanacaste two years ago and began working at the CPI language school in Flamingo. Now she lives her in Guanacaste with her family. She is honored and excited to teach at TIDE!




Teaches: 5th-12th Language Arts, World History

Enrichment Class: Future Prep

12933085_10205922498723479_2389742910093138315_nLori received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA., and her Masters of Teaching from Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon. She has been teaching for five years, four of those years were in Washington State and one year in Costa Rica. Her teaching experience covers grades kindergarten through 12th grade, with the main focus being in History, English/Language Arts, Research Skills and Digital Citizenship/technology.   She is passionate about helping every student succeed and strive to facilitate students becoming life long learners. Lori is excited to work at TIDE and help her students grow in their knowledge while continually striving to improve her teaching.  Her and her husband have two daughters and they are excited to live in Guanacaste and be part of the TIDE community.  



Teaches 3rd-6th Grade Spanish, 3rd-7th Grade Cultura

12715426_1057671074296759_857296557799944816_nMariel is from Santa Rosa, Guanacaste. She studied at Universidad Latina where she received her Degree in Education and Computer Education. Mariel is excited to teach at TIDE where she will be focusing on helping the students learn and speak Spanish as well as have a better understanding about the Guanacaste, Costa Rican, and Latin cultures.


TIDE Documentary


With all these exciting new improvements at TIDE Academy we are beyond proud to present our first documentary entirely filmed, written, and made by TIDE Students. This year the film class taught by Matt Sampson filmed and interviewed more than 40 students, teachers, and parents. The interviews were compiled together to create a truly amazing documentary about TIDE Academy and what it means to the students, parents, and teachers.

TIDE Documentary

One amazing thing about the documentary was that all students, parents, and teachers were asked many times what they would change about TIDE Academy and the only suggestion was to get better chairs and more supplies.

We have filled a niche in the Guanacaste community that has helped so many families. At TIDE we want to provide a personalized and flexible education that is affordable and available to all families.

Currently more than 30% of the TIDE students are on partial or full scholarships. At this time we do not have a scholarship foundation at TIDE Academy. Instead these families are given discounted prices and it is up to TIDE to make sure there are enough funds to provide the necessary means for teachers and supplies.

In order to keep tuition costs down we put all of our focus on the basics that are necessary to maintain such a customized education.
There are so many things we want to do and improve at TIDE, however without the necessary funds we are only able to provide so much. That is why we will be launching our first ever online-fundraiser this summer. The funds will go towards:
• Completing a high school science lab
• An on-campus playground
• Improving classroom furniture (new chairs, tables, and shelves)
• Increasing amount of school materials (ink, paper, textbooks, etc…)

TIDE is only improving more each year, with your help we can continue to provide a flexible and personalized education to each of our students! Please take the time and watch our Documentary and please contribute to our summer fundraiser. Any amount helps!

To donate please go to our website: TIDEAcademy.com

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for the continuous support!
Director of TIDE Academy


Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools


This week we received news that our partnership with North Atlantic Regional High School in Auburn Maine has been approved!
NARHS is accredited through the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. This accreditation is recognized both in the United States and Internationally including Costa Rica. MSA is the same international accreditation that several private schools in Costa Rica have. Having this accreditation will help students get into better colleges and universities internationally and it will allow students to attend public and private universities in Costa Rica. Starting this fall all high school students will be able to receive a MSA transcript by taking classes at TIDE. This is great news for all families! For students in 8th grade and below we will still be offering the GVS transcript that will help make sure your credits will transfer to any school in United States.


What a wonderful year and future for TIDE Academy!

As this year winds down I am already planning and preparing for the following year. As I have shared with many of you I am so happy with how well this year has gone. At TIDE we have had our ups and downs and many learning experiences however, I can honestly say this has been TIDE’s best year yet and this has all been possible because of the students, teachers, and amazing support from all the families. Thank you!
Looking into the future I plan on continuing to improve our curriculum and enrichment programs. A stronger focus on languages, Arts, Technology, and introducing a Music program. These are all aspects of education and life-learning skills that should be included in a well-rounded and personalized learning program like TIDE Academy.
I have so many things I want to share about next year including: a new High School accreditation, extending our hours, improving our surf program, new teachers and more. Please take the time and read below!
Again I cannot thank you enough and please enjoy your summer and for those who are moving your future endeavors! For the rest see you in September or in the water!
Cheers, Chelsea

TIDE Awards!

Every year the teachers vote what students deserve our 4 annual awards: The Trifecta, The Independent, The Determined, and the Enthusiastic
Trifecta- This award goes to the student that goes above in beyond not just in academics but extra-curricular activities as well. This student does not only excel academically but additionally she works hard volunteering at the Veterinary’s Office and working professionally as a contracted model. We are amazed with how much effort and determination Fres ten Hoope brings to everything she does. We congratulate Fres on completing high school in three years instead of four. We wish her the best in all of her future endeavors!
Independent- At TIDE Academy we really try to promote independent and self learners. This means we want students that WANT to learn outside the classroom. The student who is awarded the independent award has excelled in every single one of his classes and is a role model to all of his peers. Nate Ehlert is a 7th grader that is enrolled in high school: Biology, Psychology, and Algebra 1 not only did he passed but he always earned one of the highest grades in each of these classes. We are extremely proud of how far Nate has come in his academics as well as his athletics. Congratulations and we wish you the best next year in San Diego!
Determined- The Determined award is for a student who illustrates their personality in and outside the classroom. It is for someone who always tries their hardest, isn’t afraid to fail, and when he or she does they learn from his or her mistakes. This student is always concerned not only about completing her work but also understanding it. She always participates and is always respectful to her teachers. She has also gone leaps and bounds academically especially in math! This award goes to 4th grader Rivi Schebler!
Enthusiastic- This award is for the student who comes to school with a positive attitude and his or her attitude is passed to others. This student always comes to school with a smile on her face, is always respectful, and is always ready to help her peers. She is always up to trying new things, loves completing projects, and gives her best every day. It is truly a pleasure having this student at TIDE. Thank you for making our job so easy! Therefore, we are extremely excited to give the Enthusiastic Award to Silver ten Hoope!

2015-2016 TIDE Academy Yearbook

Sarah Allison has done a wonderful job putting together the TIDE Yearbook for this year. All families are welcome to order a copy! If you would like to order a copy PLEASE email: TIDEAcademy@gmail.com

More Space!

Next year we will be expanding TIDE! We will be moving into the two lower units next to TIDE Pools. However, just because we have more space does not mean we will be increasing the student population. We just know that at times our location seems a little tight and getting a little more space will give both the teachers and students a better learning environment. Additionally this space will be used for our new Dance Academy in the afternoons!

End of the Year Survey

Please Please take the time to complete this online survey. Hearing your voice will only help us improve! Thank you! http://www.surveymonkey.com/r/w95kw…

TIDE has received a new high school Accreditation: Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools

This week we received news that our partnership with North Atlantic Regional High School in Auburn Maine has been approved! NARHS is accredited through the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. This accreditation is recognized both in the United States and Internationally including Costa Rica. MSA is the same international accreditation that CRIA has. Having this accreditation will help students get into better colleges and universities internationally and it will allow students to attend public and private universities in Costa Rica. Starting this fall all high school students will be able to receive a MSA transcript by taking classes at TIDE. This is great news for all families! For students in 8th grade and below we will still be offering the GVS transcript that will help make sure your credits will transfer to any school in Unite States.

Occupation and Speech Therapist at TIDE Academy

Our mission is to provide a personal and flexible education to every student. That being said we are very excited to announce that we will have both a Speech and Occupational Therapist available to all students at TIDE Academy. Additionally families can schedule private appointments with either therapist right at TIDE Academy immediately after 12:00. Both therapists will be able to work with the students in a classroom setting as well as provide additional attention after hours. Both therapists will be available for non-TIDE students as well!
Currently we are speaking with Surf 4 Youth and we will be combining our surf programs. Surf for Youth coach Andrea Diaz will be joining Scott Kadowski in coaching the TIDE Surf Program starting this September. Andrea is the founder of Surf 4 Youth and a former National Champion. Andrea has traveled and competed all over the world and is one of the top female surfers in Latin America. We are so excited to have her share her knowledge and experiences with the TIDE Surf program.
Working with Surf 4 Youth.
Currently we are speaking with Surf 4 Youth and we will be combining our surf programs. Surf for Youth coach Andrea Diaz will be joining Scott Kadowski in coaching the TIDE Surf Program starting this September. Andrea is the founder of Surf 4 Youth and a former National Champion. Andrea has traveled and competed all over the world and is one of the top female surfers in Latin America. We are so excited to have her share her knowledge and experiences with the TIDE Surf program.

TIDAL Dancers

This fall we are very excited to announce TIDAL Dancers, TIDE’s Dance Academy. TIDE teachers Emily and Alana both professionally trained dancers will be offering a range of classes: Ballet, Modern, Street, Hiphop, Salsa, Tap and more! They will be offering both kid and adult classes. All TIDE students will receive a discounted price but the studio is open to all families in the area! Contact TIDEAcademy@gmail.com for more information!

Extending the Extra-Curricular Activities

We had such a great success with the Enrichment Program we are going to be adding even more hours! Starting this fall we will be offering classes before school every day of the week from 6:30-7:30. These classes will include: Surf Fitness, Surf Classes (potentially twice a week), Soccer, and Volleyball. Seeing as it is much cooler in the mornings we have decided to offer our more active classes then. We hope that all families will get involved!

TIDE Music Video

The students, teachers, and families are very proud of their first music video! Please take the time and watch it! We will be revealing our documentary later on! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uqX…


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Filming TIDE’s first music video



This year, TIDE students had the opportunity to take Film Class with Matt Sampson as an enrichment after school class.  Yesterday we finally got to release our music video.


Matt has written a great piece about the entire experience!  I welcome you to read and enjoy how much love and work the students and parents put in to make this video possible!

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Happy June!


First of all I want to thank everyone who came to the Banquet this past Thursday we had a wonderful time and it was so great to see everyone together.

I can’t believe this school year is coming to an end. With the numbers of students and teachers winding down we have decided to make the last day of school June 16th.

However, those who have not completed work will be required to stay June 20th-23rd. You will receive an email from your teachers if you need to stay.

Below please review the important dates coming up at TIDE

Important dates:

June 2nd- Last day of film class
May 31st- Last day of Surf Fitness
June 7th-Middle school field trip (zip lining)
June 8th- Last day of Morning Surf Class
June 9th-Extra-Curriculars End
June 16th-High School field trip (Guachipelin)
June 16th- Last day of school
June 20th-23rd- Make up / Catch up week at TIDE




TIDE Summer Camps!





We have some new and exciting camps this summer!

Robots and Design

Dance and Performing Arts

TIDE Adventure Camp

Check out the info below to learn more about them!

Sign up at TIDEAcademy@gmail.com


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Another great annual fundraiser!


A huge thank you to everyone to came out last night to support TIDE! We were able to raise approximately $3000 to help fund a new science lab, new resources, and more learning materials for our classrooms. We are so lucky to be part of such a wonderful and supportive community! 

We would like to send an extra thank you to
The Loose Moose Garage- Tamarindo for hosting the event, Eatmytaco for providing delicious tacos, the TIDE students to working hard all night, 10 Feet Traveling for sharing the incredible documentary about TIDE, All the local businesses who donated to the event, and Emily for spending many hours organizing the fantastic event! Thank you!

If you were unable to make it but would still like to make a donation. You can donate via paypal by going to our website and clicking on the donate link on the righthand side. www.TIDEAcademy.com.

The donations do towards new supplies for the school, funds of a science lab, and a resource center.

Thank you again for all of the support!
Marlin Del Rey sunset cruise for 2
Surf Box Lunch for 2
Costa Rica Sailing Center hour sailing lesson
Geniets Sven Lamp Art piece
Matty’s Deli Cafe lunch for 2
Nick Brown hair
PIZZA&CO pizza
Sprout Costa Rica lunch for two
Sunset Spearfishing Costa Rica tour for 2
Hotel Bula Bula Playa Grande Costa Rica dinner for 2
Wok N Roll Restaurant & Oyster Bar Dinner for 2
Shark-FM Co Host DJ
Hotel Villa Amarilla 2 night stay
Primera Ola surf lesson
Erin Long Sampson 5 yoga classes
Sharky’s Tamarindo
Breakfast Grinds breakfast for 2
Wise Training Studio gym class
Archery Tamarindo Public page hour class
Mar Vista Costa Rica food and drink
Kingpin Sportfishing half day day tour up to 4 ppl
Serendipity Charters semi private sunset for 2
Earthwear Jewelry Kim Paige Designs earrings
Earthwear Jewelry Kim Paige Designs necklace
Lizs Jewelry necklace
Tamarindo Wellness Center 3 consultations for kids
Sol Naciente Surf School & Tours lesson for 2 people
F and B Peanut Butter and Granola
Lola’s $100 Certificate
Papaya con Leche Cover up
Dragonfly Tamarindo Dinner for two
Mini Super Apparel Tshirt
Long Boards meal for 2
Ekaterina Dobysh jewelry
Tamarindo Jaime Peligro Signed book
Jenn Parker Necklace
Alegria Soaps Soap Basket
Margaret Schaffner physio therapy hour massage
La Bodega


TIDE Academy March updates!


Hello Families and Friends!

I hope all is well!

I am just writing to send a few updates from TIDE!

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Our annual fundraiser is coming up! Saturday April 9th!



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Our annual fundraiser will be Saturday April 9th at The Loose Moose garage!  Everyone is welcome to attend!  We will be raising money for more resources and a funds for a Science Lab and Media center.  We will have a Silent Auction with some AMAZING donations, Raffle, Dinner, Drinks, Skating, and Music.  It will be an amazing event!  We can’t wait to see you all there!  Additionally if you would like to make a donation or help out with the event please contact Emily:  ejbrown1979@gmail.com


Getting to Know Your TIDE Teachers: Who is Emily Brown??


1. Where are you originally from/where were you born?

Durban, South Africa 

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Teacher, surfer, contest organizer, friend, Chelsea Lisaius does it all


Most of the kids in Tamarindo know Chelsea Lisaius, if not from attending her TIDE Academy then from the many surf contests she organizes in the area. For Chelsea, it is imperative that she impart knowledge and fun to those in Tamarindo. Perhaps she developed this trait from her years growing up—and acting—in her family’s theater troupe, which traveled and performed all over the United States.

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At TIDE we take pride in our Academic Program, Extra-Curricular Activities, and Community Involvement.  This past weekend TIDE student Ben saved a man from drowning.  We are so incredibly lucky to have Ben in our Tamarindo Community!


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Malakai, TIDE and ESPN

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A little over a year ago ESPN came to TIDE and interviewed student Malakai Martinez and his surfing career.

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Check out the video below!

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December Announcements


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Hello Everyone!

As the first trimester comes to an end, I would like to give a huge thank you to all of the parents, students, teachers, and friends of TIDE Academy.  Thank you!  None of this year so far would have been possible without your support!

I have a few announcements, reminders, and important dates to share:

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Giving Willy Wonka a Run for His Money!!

TIDE’s 1st and 2nd grade students are learning about chocolate.  Next month they will be heading over to The Beach Chocolate to conclude the unit!  Read more about The Beach Chocolate below!

Untitled Get into some messy family fun with the first “bean to bar” chocolate maker in Guanacaste!! The Beach Chocolate is a new chocolate shop located in Playa Potrero that also offers chocolate making workshops for small and large groups. The Beach Chocolate workshop gives folks the unique opportunity to gain a direct insight into the mysteries and myths of cocoa and chocolate. You will be introduced to the natural and cultural history of cocoa while we roast the cocoa beans and prepare your own handmade and unrefined chocolate treats!

Participants will learn why the cocoa fruit does not taste like chocolate, why cocoa is a “super food”, why it is good for your heart and brain – and teeth! You will also learn why “bitter water” might just be indigenously delicious – and that money in fact DOES grow on trees!

After taking the class you will be able to make your own freshly made chocolate at home – and become the big sensation at your next social gathering!

Call 8876 4242 for reservations – talk to Henrik!

Website: http://www.beachchocolatefactory.com/home.html


Rainy Season Vacation

Have a great Rainy Season Vacation!

We will be back in session October 26th!

In the mean time here is a great video of TIDE’s first month of surf practices made by 10 Feet Traveling!


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