Soon Chris started bringing students from Lawrenceville to the island for 10-day adventure-scuba programs, and they were never quite ready to leave. In 1998, he founded the Island School, which combines classes, research, community outreach, problem-solving, scuba-diving and kayaking for high-school students. Chris is also the director of the Cape Eleuthera Foundation, a nonprofit organization that supports a Bahamian middle school, and the Cape Eleuthera Institute, which promotes sustainable development initiatives in the Bahamas. "We are a small place out on the edge that's trying to make a difference in the world," says Chris. "That makes me feel good."