BVI: Session 1 - Great White
Posted: Sun, Jun 26, 2016
Day 12 – RIP Harold
Location: Muskmelon Bay, Guana Island
The chefs woke up extra early this morning to make pancakes. They gave the first batch to the staff before they went to their staff meeting. We ate the rest of them with Nutella and syrup. Then we cleaned the whole boat before the staff got back. They were really happy about this. After some free time we headed out for a big sail to the dive site. Our dive site was the wreck of the Chikuzen. It was a really cool dive. There were lots of fishes, including trunkfish, Cat’s favorite! We swam through the inside of the wreck, it was a refrigerator barge, so it was an awesome swim through. On our sail back we was a rainbow and flying fishes. Just before we arrived into Muskmelon Bay, we found out that our 13th shipmate (an egg named Harold) had died and we gave him a Viking burial. Then we did a quick clean up before Mike, the director of ActionQuest, came over for dinner. Dinner was chili with rice and corn bread. Today’s squeeze question was “what has been your most serious injury. We had a lot of freaky stories. Now we are getting ready to go on a night dive. Cat said she would make us brownies afterwards. Today was a good day – except for Harold – RIP Harold.
Posted: Sat, Jun 25, 2016
Day 11 – I Was Made For The Tropics
Location: Marina Cay
The sun shined bright as the boat woke up from a great sleep. We had cereal, bagels and yogurt as we quickly got underway towards Road Town. Once at Road Town, the boat all gathered to go buy groceries and shop for clothes and such. I was able to get myself a hardy 3-layered grilled cheese. When we got back to our boat, we listened to music and played card games, and Doug and I won twice. The boat then set sail for about a few hours towards Mario’s Reef on Ginger Island. I was able to start on my book Elena let me borrow, and for anybody that is curious it is called “Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children. I highly recommend it. When we got to our dive site, we set up our dive gear and briefed our dive. The Neptunes were able to do their second boat dive where they navigated their own dive all by themselves. On the other hand, the dolphins worked on their research doing various data collections underwater. When we got out of the water, we motored over to Marina Cay where we are about to have a delicious dinner and a gigantic lifeworks meeting, which will take about an hour and a half. This has been your boy Jackson, keeping it classy in the Caribbean Sea.
Posted: Fri, Jun 24, 2016
Day 10 – Mom, I Touched Fire Coral
Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
Today I woke up in a hammock and delicious burritos were rained upon me. After breakfast, we headed straight into the water. The Dolphins did a research-training dive, in which they mapped the wreck, the Fearless. After the Dolphins got out of the water, they dissected a starfish while the Neptunes were still diving. After being separated for what felt like was to much, we reconvened on the boat for scrumptious grilled cheese cooked by Taylor. After lunch, we jumped back into the water for a navigation dive. Although Sydnei and Hannah got a little lost, we all made it back to the boat for a fun swim. Over the past week, many of my shipmates have gotten stings from fire coral, and today was my turn! After our nap. We took showers and got dressed for dinner. Today’s dinner was a delectable Thanksgiving feast. Paul and Jess cane over for a nice visit. Now, we are preparing to watch Space Jam for movie night. I’m so excited! Can’t wait to share another awesome day with my shipmates!
Day 10 – Staff Update – I Was Made For The Tropics
Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
What an incredible trip its been so far. We have been all over the south side of the BVIs, diving and sailing from West End to Peter Island, where we are right now. Our crew is really coming together as a team and has even decided on a Great White theme song (“Tropics” by Mantarybryn). The dolphins are well into their research projects and just today got to dissect a starfish. The Neptunes have been diving like mad and just complete their advanced open water certification. Hannah has been teaching everyone dance moves to really keep our boat looking cool. Rebecca has been making sure to share her wealth of knowledge and passion for marine biology. Will and Doug are a dynamic duo in the water and have perfected their navigation skills. Sydnei is so fun to watch underwater because she is so excited about all the life she is seeing on these dives. Lydia and Elena are official dinghy captains and can drive our 15-horse power, tiller steer dinghy anywhere they dare to go (as long as its not to wild). Molly and Jackson are always thinking up jokes and games to keep the group smiling. So many jokes! Nate is really coming into his own as a diver and can always find the coolest stuff underwater. Braton is a calming force in the group and is always down to help out or learn something new. Balazs is so curios about everything. He is learning so much and is basically the second captain! Everyone brings so many unique qualities to our little community; it makes for such an interesting adventure. We are so looking forward to all the days to come, with more diving and sailing and shredding of the wakeboard, but most of all, we are enjoying this moment, our current moment, together onboard Great White, trying to soak everything we can out of each second learning and doing as much as we can while we are together. I couldn’t ask for a cooler, more interesting and truly interested crew if I tried. I, personally, am having a blast on this adventure and I cant believe its already day 10! Here’s to another 10 days of magic together onboard Great White!
Posted: Thu, Jun 23, 2016