Just when you thought it was safe to go back to the beach! You discovered me! An Australian born American who has a voice that people think is cool..(really?) so…
I talk….A LOT..coz that’s my job. but all my friends said that “you should write like you talk, it would be awesome!” so here it is my first blog and it will have VLOG soon
My name is Andy Hancock and I teach people how to build Sandcastles.
Yes, That’s right folks, I get paid by enlightened families( usually mom!) who want to learn how to build a better Sandcastle on one of, if not the best, Sandcastle building beach in America
Here on South Padre Island in Texas I give Sandcastle lessons year round. and help people find the fun things to do on their beach vacation. http://www.southpadre1.com
Why do moms do the bookings? – well, it’s a man thing really. Men are designed for a few good things, heavy lifting, driving, fixing stuff, buying tools, getting people into order when they are misbehaving, and, of course, finding the best watering holes!
Planning… err …we (Men) don’t do so well. Mom’s are king when it comes to planning things to do on vacation and once they have got their first “big list” they will sit everyone down and ask for opinions on what is best by giving everyone the Overview rather than too much detail. After this, and when the word “budget” has been explained, she will go further with more exhaustive research – which is when my phone rings.
Mom then says, “We are going to be on South Padre between these days, can you tell me how this works?”
“Of course, 2 or 3 hour lessons where we supply everything and you supply the smiles and if you book early in your vacation, the toolkit that we give out with every lesson can be put to good use. We’ll even lend you buckets and shovels FOC so you can keep producing masterpieces. Hows that? ” I ask how mom found me to ensure what i am doing is working in my marketing master plan (more of that later!)
Why would you (mom) book a Sandcastle lesson?
Easy – it is a true FAMILY deal. It is always fun you don’t need any artistic ability or a cell phone! Teenagers can even do it too! – (I do explain how good looking members of the opposite sex will be attracted to awesome sandcastles – always helps)
You have to follow 3 simple rules and the kids will build for hours. and you don’t need to buy the bucket from the hotel shop!
Well besides one thing. I have 3 sons in the UK and i don’t see them very often. so, I take solace in the fact that i meet a new family who are always happy and excited to see me on the beach, and that helps my sanity.
THIS IS A FAMILY THING! The whole point of going on vacation is to have fun as a family. This has been getting harder to achieve due to the technology and “apps”, not people, are the primary communicators in today’s world. That’s no problem even with the teenagers who sometimes say “Dad, Really?, a sandcastle lesson – i’m not 4 you know!” We have a cure for that.
I hope to engage every single person who comes to the lesson from the 2 yr old who wants to just dig holes to the 82 yr old who has waited her whole life to do this. You can become one of the world’s Sandcastle People! One of my passions is to try and switch on the youngsters to what is possible with your hands. You can do something you didn’t think was possible and then watch the excitement when they start to understand. That’s why we talk science and math during the lessons (such as the weight of water BEFORE they fetch it from the ocean!) as we think its very important to know the basics as you travel through life…i have found that relearning the basics has helped me a lot especially to solve large scale stuff that others think is impossible.
So, when in Rome…check out my Sandcastle vids on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkUnFwc48epRiSoUPDjRkQ3daQukM1Cbw
and if you need any more info just go to Trip Advisor to check out what other people think https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g56691-d1382688-Reviews-Sandcastle_Lessons-South_Padre_Island_Texas.html
So the Point of the Blog? well we will be telling you from the Ground up (literally) how to select and area on the beach, what to do with the sand and how to start alongside the tools you will need and how to get all those details that cool castles have.
as well as rambling about all sorts of South Texas stuff…which , even after 15 years here is still cool!
so check out the images and vids and then we can start off your sandcastle careers!
and what is our Mantra? “WE DON’T DO BORING”™
and the next blog? How to build a great block on the beach to WOW everyone.