Hello, my name is Christian Wilson and every where I look, I dream about being like Indiana Jones and finding buried treasure.
From the first time I went SCUBA diving, 20 some odd years ago, I have been fascinated with the thought of finding artifacts and buried treasure. Whether it's some piece of jade necklace from the orient or gold coins from Spain or France, I want to discover something that's been lost at sea.
Now I live on the eastern shore of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, and I've lived here for about 10 years and in that time I've read about and heard about so much stuff that's been lost in this area, that it makes me dizzy. I've read that the infamous Black Beard the pirate made it this far north and came ashore to have a look around.
I'm asking for funding that will allow me to take 5 local teens and go searching for artifacts and buried treasure on shorelines and underwater up and down the east coast. My plan is to search at least a dozen shorelines in the geographical area and as much of the adjacent underwater areas as we can.
I've given the IndieWilson campaign a 60 day deadline, any longer than that and I'm afraid the water will get to cold for searching or diving in and around the Chesapeake Bay area. If I get funded any sooner though, IndieWilson will begin!
If everything goes well, this is something I'm going to do again and again with possibly bigger groups and different locations. IndieWilson will travel! I hope to use my past experience as a Social Studies teacher and a SCUBA diver to engross kids in things they usually just read about in the classroom or watch on television, adventure, discovery and excitement. From finding artifacts and buried treasure to asking, "Where did this come from"? Kids will learn about the history of the local area and see how the ocean works in hiding the treasures that have been lost there.
I'm a stay-at-home parent for my three kids, so my income is extremely limited. Although my sister-in-law has a boat that I can borrow and a buddy who's a certified PADI Dive Master that will volunteer his time, there's still equipment that I'd need to purchase to accomplish this campaign like;