BVI: Session 2 - Bella Christine
Posted: Tue, Jul 12, 2011
AQ’s School of Relaxation
The day began casually for those of us in Vega. Due to the nature of our multi-day stay at Vixen Point we were able to wake up later than usual and prepare a leisurely breakfast of french toast and grapefruit lemonade. As we began our meal we were joined by those who were training to become divemasters and who had set out earlier in the morning to practice rescue dives. After breakfast had been finished we were briefed on the day’s activities, which were to consist of teambuilding activities, waterskiing, windsurfing, and instruction on knot tying. From this point we proceeded to swim to shore, not however before a spectacular, yet brief rainstorm created what was described as a “triple rainbow,” where several rainbows seemed to layer themselves against the beautiful rolling green hillsides on the opposite side of the bay. Once ashore however after the rainstorm had passed we proceeded to engage in games that required large elements of trust and teamwork, with a notable example being a particular game where one was required to fall into the arms of another who was behind them without attempting to stop their own fall. After these activities had been completed, we proceeded to waterski and wakeboard on the sparkling blue waters of the big bay with those new to the sport learning through experience and those familiar to it showing their considerable skill. This was followed by a few hours of windsurfing in fairly calm wind, resulting in a relaxing experience, and finally instruction in how to tie knots such as a bowline and square knot. Later on in the night as this log was written, the waves had become peaceful and the shore beautiful on the pristine island, proceeding what is expected to be another day of activity and instruction in a most relaxing manner.
Posted: Mon, Jul 11, 2011
Through a Looking Glass and Into Spanishtown
We began today by waking early to a beautiful sunrise over Savanna Bay, and after the rest of the crew had eaten breakfast we began the short sail to the Baths. Upon our approach the island appeared to be nothing more than a small pile of boulders, however after we anchored our ship and approached on dinghies we realized that these boulders were many times the size as anything we could have ever imagined with respect to our initial observations of the island. With it’s enormous boulders the size of houses and office buildings, perched atop each other, forming intricate lattices of caves and passages, giving the whole island the feel of some exotic alien world. The climbing was difficult and ascending to the high points of the island required scaling rock faces and crawling through narrow corridors between the rocks. However, the beautiful vistas that we were rewarded with were well worth the efforts required to reach them. Of these vistas, one in particular was at a point known as the jumping rock, where one was able to leap off of the rock and land in a particularly deep area of the warm, tropical waters surrounding the island. Following this we set sail for Spanishtown and proceeded to eat lunch in a local pavillion, and from there explored a small portion off the small but vibrant town. Following this we left for Vixen Point and during the journey encountered a minor squall from which we emerged unscathed through the rapid dousing of sails and closing of the main hatches. Following this we passed near the billionaire Richard Branson’s Necker Island. Following this we proceeded to anchor next to the beach at Vixen Point, in time to cook a dinner consisting of potatoes, vegetable burgers, and some assorted greenery. All considered the day was a whirlwind trip between some unique and beautiful islands in the Caribbean.
Posted: Sun, Jul 10, 2011
One Two Three Four, Rotate… aka dive
Today began the first of many rotation days here on Bella Christine. We began with a wonderfully scrumptious breakfast of cereal. Then shortly after first rotation began the Vegas got their first taste of scuba diving while us DMs went over skills to help assist our open water divers. Vegas were then shuttled over to waterskiing, where we discovered Kimberley is a professional waterskiier. Not only did she show everyone up, but no one was able to come close to her Olympian skills. Windsurfing followed after a quick lunch (thank you chef Leah) which we loved. Third rotation consisted of windsurfing, which I heard was awesome. As a DM I miss out on all the fun of rotation day, but it’s ok because all of the diving makes up for it. While we helped set up gear for open waters, the Vegas learned how to drive dinghies and tie trusty sailor knots. Dinner has never tasted so wonderful, considering all the bodybuilding that was done today. I discovered we are dive sherpas on rotation day 🙂 The Vegas are heading over to their first Lifeworks session with Mike, while we have another dive chat! It’s a dive dive dive dive world here and I wouldn’t trade it for anything.
Posted: Sat, Jul 9, 2011
Sail Away With Me
We woke up early to take our swim test and then had scrambled eggs for breakfast. Then we set sails and went to Ginger Island, where we had PB+J for lunch and the DMs did their checkout dive. They had a great dive and even saw a shark. Then we set sail again and made our way to Savanna Bay, where we’ll be anchored for the night. When we got here we learned how to set up our dive gear. Then we had pasta for dinner and had our second dive chat tonight. Everyone’s really excited for our first dive tomorrow!
Posted: Fri, Jul 8, 2011
Meeting in the Rain
Location: The Bight, Norman Island
Today we woke up on the dock in West End and it was pouring rain. Because we couldn’t sleep on deck people found interesting places to sleep. We spent the morning finishing check in and getting first day chats. We had sandwiches for lunch and then had a short time on shore to buy some snacks. And then it was bon voyage! We left West End and had our first sail. We learned how to put up our sails and some of us even learned a couple of knots. We anchored in the Bight at Norman Island for the night. We had sloppy joes for dinner that Daniel and Kirsten cooked. We took our first showers and were surprised to find they were in the ocean. We are excited for our first dive chat and spending our first night off the dock.