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BVI: Session 1 - AQ Setup

Posted: Mon, Jun 18, 2012

It’s Time!

Location: West End, Tortola
Author: Anna
Today was our last day of staff training, and we are so ready and excited for our first program of the summer to start tomorrow! This morning we finished up the last of our group briefings, this time focusing on life aboard, student agreements, and a visual demonstration of two teaching style paradigms by Mike. After lunch everyone had time to organize their boats and their belongings, and we finished moving the last of the gear onboard. In the afternoon we welcomed Kat and Andy, our last team members, and our last two boats came in from Road Town. It was a long day, but everything is in order for tomorrow, and everyone is heading to bed with excitement and dreams of sailing!

Posted: Sun, Jun 17, 2012

Two More Days!

Location: West End, Tortola
Author: Anna
This morning started off bright and early with a fabulous breakfast at Omar’s Cafe! We enjoyed a feast of food, including eggs, bacon, french toast, quiche, muffins, and fruit. After the relaxing start, it was back upstairs to finish talking about safety, risk management, and hygiene aboard the vessels. After lunch we split into groups again and worked on stowing gear, sorting watersports equipment, and moving scuba tanks. After a turn on the Picos and the windsurfers, it was time to head upstairs for dinner! We can’t wait for the start of first session- only two more days!

Posted: Sat, Jun 16, 2012

Staff Training Day 3

Location: West End, Tortola
Author: Anna
We started off our day with the much anticipated announcement of boat assignments! Everyone was excited to learn who they are sailing with this session, and to start moving into their boats and forming bonds with the crew. Afterwards we spent most of the morning upstairs in another group meeting, this time covering our schedule and safety policies in much greater detail. After lunch we split into groups again- new staff became familiar with the dive compressors and filled all of the scuba tanks in preparation for the first dives, while the other group “fooded” nine of our boats. During the fooding process, three weeks worth of dry food that was shipped from the US in a container is loaded into carts from our storerooms, brought to the dock, and then unloaded onto each boat. The crews worked together afterwards to organize and stow all of the food in all the hidden spaces on the boat, and then made a map so everyone can find it again! After a relaxing swim and dinner at Pusser’s, everyone headed to their new homes for the night!

Posted: Fri, Jun 15, 2012

Staff Training Day 2

Location: West End, Tortola
Author: Anna
This morning we started off by gathering upstairs at Pusser’s for our first formal meeting as a full staff. After a review of our forty years of history running educational programs for teenagers, we delved into the specifics of our staff guidelines. Mike challenged the group to consider what traits and factors make for a successful staff member within our program. After a lively discussion about leadership, mentoring, role modeling, and professionalism, we moved into program policies and the start of many safety discussions. After lunch the new staff members participated in a Lifeworks Forum with Mike, while others helped move and stow gear on the boats, hung ActionQuest flags, and launched our last two dinghies. Later everyone split into groups on the monohulls and catamarans for one more practical training session. At sunset we gathered on the dock for a delicious BBQ dinner!

Posted: Thu, Jun 14, 2012

Paperwork and Practice

Location: West End, Tortola
Author: Anna
We started the day off with an early breakfast at 7am, so we could be at the Labour Department in Road Town right at opening. We spent the next three and a half hours waiting to process our work permit paperwork, having ID pictures taken, and exploring some of Road Town in the down time. After the paperwork was completed we headed back to West End in the big safari taxi, had lunch, and split into three groups. First the groups practiced their marlinspike skills with a review of useful knots, Turk’s Head, and Monkey’s Fist tying. Next they rotated through three practical medical stations- backboarding, oxygen setup, and a review of the basic first aid supplies carried on each boat. Once everyone was done it was time to head back out on the water. Travis, Jack, and Sam took groups out again to practice, so each skipper, dive instructor, and mate had a chance to dock, anchor, and pick up a mooring ball one more time. Meanwhile, the Lifeworks team and the Dolphin program instructors spent the day studying sea turtles with Conservation and Fisheries Department. We also welcomed Elliot E., our newest team member, from Florida! It’s been a long but fun day, and we can’t wait to see what tomorrow holds!

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