BVI: Session 1 - Boss Lady

Posted: Mon, Jul 9, 2012

Staff Blog Day 21-Come What May

Location: West End, Tortola
Author: Marina
Certification cards are signed, final grades are filled, all the scuba tanks are finally filled, the deck has been soft scrubbed, cards have been written, cabins are filled with bags rather than clothes, and our lines are on the dock back in West End where the adventure began. Over the past three weeks the Boss Lady and her crew have been some amazing places and done some truly amazing things. Hiking to the tallest point in the BVI, diving wrecks such as the Rhone, Chikuzen and Fearless, perfecting Rescue Exercise 7, successfully tagging a hawksbill turtle. All of these things make exciting stories and have left some pretty awesome pictures. But as we all walk back from our final BBQ and head back to our home one last time as a family, it isn’t the things you can take pictures of that everyone knows they’ll miss most. The Boss Ladies and Gents have become some truly amazing divers and great sailors and scientists. But more than that in these last three weeks they’ve become an incredibly strong family made up of some truly amazing young men and women. The bonds and memories made and shared between these shipmates has been an amazing experience to watch and I’m so glad I was lucky enough to be a part of it. I am proud to call these shipmates mine and brag about all that they can do. But as they head off on their taxis back to the lives that they came from I know their life back home won’t be exactly the same. They are more confident and driven people now and I am excited to see the things that they do from here and the lives they will make for themselves and the dreams they will accomplish. Good luck with all of your future adventures Boss Ladies and Gents! And as you look back on all the fun times we had at ActionQuest, don’t be sad that its over, be excited that it happened.

Posted: Sun, Jul 8, 2012

The Sun Sets in Paradise

Location: West End, Tortola
Author: Ashely K.
The end of the trip has unfortunately come. One last dive together then it was an intense clean up of the boat. As the first ones done we got to eat on shore and do some last minute shopping. The last BBQ is tonight, the perfect ending to the trip. Everything was amazing. All the inside jokes with our “parents”, yelling MMMMMMEGANN!, late night trampoline talks, being DBFL (dive buddies for life) with Megan, laughing at Desi, Lyndi, and Aubree’s faces when they tell stories, doing the research project with Ally and Megan, laughing at Cory’s laugh, watching Grace turn into a “mermaid,” seeing Alex down boxes of cereal daily, hearing about David’s rock logic, and witnessing Tomas’s insane workout. This trip was everything I could have imagined and more. I’ll never forget the great times I had here and the hilarious people I met. Tomorrow I wake up one last time in paradise and go to sleep in my home town. The end came too soon.

Posted: Sat, Jul 7, 2012


Location: The Bight, Norman Island
Author: Maddy G.
Today was a ridiculously bitter-sweet day. We started off by having a scenario before breakfast for the rescue divers, to which we were told we had a great response time. We are now officially rescue divers! After awesome chocolate pancakes, we went to the Rhone Anchor for a dive. My buddies were David and Alex and of course we took off our fins and played around on the bottom before doing anything else. After the dive we went to Rhode Town for lunch where Tomas, David, and I made it all the way into the center of the city to find more shops. When we were all back on the boat we were informed that there was to be an impromptu sail race to the Bight which we started off with the techno version of the Pirates of the Caribbean theme song. Of course, with Charter on the helm, we won the race and started to make dinner and shower once anchored. The reality of the end of the session sunk in when we discussed B.A. (boat appreciation) and our cards to each other. It has been a long night with most of us just finishing up our cards, except for Aubree who was steamrolled by Marina so she could wake up and finish her cards. Tomorrow we will embark on our last dive at the Indians which will be my 40th dive (a prerequisite for my dive master training next session!). I honestly don’t know what I am going to do without this family! I love each and every one of them.

Posted: Fri, Jul 6, 2012

Picture Perfect

Location: Great Harbour, Peter Island
Author: Grace M.
On every vacation we all try and search for that picture perfect moment to make the trip feel complete. Today was the day I saw it. We all went diving at Cooper Island. The dive was about 20 minutes long so we all started to do our safety stop after exploring several wrecks. During the safety stop I looked down and saw everyone from the Boss Lady hovering in the water all together like we were a school of fish. That moment was priceless. I realized then that these three weeks have been amazing and I am going to truly miss every single person on this vessel. We have all bonded together like family, like a school of fish sticking together to conquer anything.

Posted: Thu, Jul 5, 2012

The Fearless and V.I.S.A.R.

Location: Great Harbour, Peter Island
Author: Tomas F.
Today was very fun and exciting! We woke up early and sailed to West End, the same place where we began the trip. It was interesting to see how we had gone to so many places and ended up where we first began. It reminded me of Mike’s quote about how its the journey not the destination that counts. While we were at West End, my friends and I went shopping at the local shops to buy gifts for our friend and family. We also enjoyed eating some subs at the deli. After lunch we set sail again to Great Harbour, Peter Island. Here we dove a wreck called the Fearless. I really enjoyed this because I love wreck diving and I thought this was a very cool one. Then we anchored in the calm and swam to the beach. After about half an hour at the beach we headed back to the boat to see a rescue scenario preformed by VISAR, the local emergency service for boaters and divers. It was really interesting to see how professionals preformed their rescue scenarios similar to how we do in our training. I am sad this trip is coming to an end but I am very glad because it has been a life changing experience.

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