Day 10 Staff Update
Posted: Thu, Jun 25, 2015
Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
Aloha from Luna Kahuna,
It’s hard to believe we are already half way through our adventure, and what an adventure it has been so far. Everyone on board is doing well and we all feel like an ohana (family). At this point in the trip as staff are stepping back and letting the shipmates run the boat, and they are all taking this responsibility and challenge very well. Today Maria was on the helm all morning as we sailed up wind from Peter Island to Ginger Island. She handled the boat well through all the maneuvers and even anchored the boat herself. The crew would like to give a huge shout-out to Maria’s parents who are chefs and taught her well, cause she always is a big help in the galley. Ferris, who is from Egypt, has really stepped up as one of the leaders and his positive attitude is always a pleasure. Tyson has become very familiar with the boat and always helps out with sail raises and docking. We couldn’t get to where we are going without Tyson. Claire is really enjoying the marine biology program and is always down below studying whenever we have free time. It has become my personal mission as the marine biology instructor to come up with a question or fact every day that Claire doesn’t already know. Zach has become one of the best divers I have ever seen and he also has become a leader on board. He lead our Lifeworks forum the other night and I thought I was listening to a TED talk. Connor plays the most vital role on board, brownie maker. He was the most loved the other day when he made brownies for everyone after our night five. Connor also is really loving all the science and diving we are doing in the marine biology program. Ben has become a true sailor, especially the other day when he said the best part of his day was cleaning the head, or the time his glasses fell over board, and he said “well they belong to Neptune now.” He always steps up to help and anticipates what to do next. Nina’s positive attitude and her humor have made her one of the best shipmates to work with. She is also crushing the rescue diving and always says “it’s so fun learning to save peoples lives.” Chase is also really enjoying the rescue course and doing so well. He is the most improved diver so far and I’m sure he’ll be back for his Divemaster. Lane with his made up vocabulary and humor brings a smile to everyone’s face no matter the time or situation. Lane also has opened up and led deep conversations aboard that bring us all together. Jacob has been a rock star diver in the marine biology program. His favorite part so far has been the “power snorkel”/turtle tagging where we tow a snorkeler behind the dingy and look for turtles. Robert is coming into his own and learning more about himself while also becoming a great sailor. He is always on deck whenever we are sailing and always volunteers to help out. The Crew is also doing really well! We have all been entertained by Cat’s singing and dancing every morning. She connects with all the shipmates very well and we are all getting closer to them. Alex loves teaching the advanced dive classes and he is creating great divers. Everyone has fallen victim to Alex’s impressions, which leave us all on the floor. For me, personally coming from teaching scientific diving at the University level, this has been an amazing experience teaching new divers and introducing them to the wonders of the ocean. We have an amazing next week planned ahead and we are all excited to continue learning and growing.