In 2001, Amy Diamond and fellow colleague Jill Borger-Richardson were well on their way to becoming professionals in the field of Marine Biology. At the time, both were working and studying at the Institute for Tropical Marine Ecology (ITME), located on the island of Dominica, West Indies. It is here that the idea for F.I.N.SEA (Future Interest in Nature and the Sea) Foundation began.

With experiences for children that include snorkeling, kayaking, dolphin and shark swims, surfing, laboratory explorations and aquarium field trips, F.I.N.SEA is an exciting hands-on approach to educate and connect young people, providing an opportunity for students and communities who otherwise might not have these extraordinary opportunities.

“I’ve always had a vision to be able to give something back for all the wonderful opportunities I’ve had in my life,” says Diamond. “I have always been passionate in my life about the ocean, children, education and diversity. F.I.N.SEA Foundation has been my way to put my dreams into action.”

Along with Borger-Richardson, Diamond has been able to create a non-profit organization that gives back to the community by teaching underserved children the benefits of being kind to Mother Earth.

On Saturday, June 14 in Santa Monica from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., F.I.N.SEA Foundation will host a Family Beach Day. Children will have the opportunity to spend the day exploring the fascinating world of marine science through fun, hands-on activities.

Other opportunities include environmental art, face painting, massage, storytelling, henna tattoos, live music and drumming and free gifts and prizes from local sponsors. Organic food and drinks will be served as well.

Family Beach Day will take place in front of Lifeguard Tower 17. Parking is located on the corners of Bay St. & Ocean Ave., Santa Monica. For more information, visit