BVI: Session 1 - Pure Joy
Posted: Sat, Jul 8, 2017
Final Video for ActionQuest Session 1 in the BVIs
Location: British Virgin Islands
We wrap up our final week with our students putting their newly earned sailing certifications to the test in 3 races while still making time for some amazing diving on the famous wreck of the RMS Rhone and a trek to the top of Mt. Sage, the highest point in the BVI. Our students reflect on their experience and the amazing relationships they developed over the past 3 weeks. #LifeActivated
Posted: Thu, Jul 6, 2017
Location: Sarah, Meels, and Mike
I cannot believe our three weeks together is coming to a close. The Dolphin students’ papers are written, the Neptune students have completed all their training dives, and the Rescue students have passed their exams and scenarios with flying colors. Felipe and Alix keep us laughing with their undying enthusiasm, while Hannah and Luka are notorious for starting boat dance parties. Margaux and Anika impress us all with their sailing skills, bringing home the victory in the dive side sail race with Sydnei. Nate and Timmy have become so good at navigating underwater that they’ve been leading many of our more recent dives. Paulina and Beth have perfected their in-water rescue breath techniques. While Will is totally confident in his emergency oxygen setup ability, Kiera acted as team leader in our most recent scenario, helping to create and implement a flawless emergency action plan, and Jacob’s positivity keeps us all in good spirits. The crew has learned so much together during this incredible experience. We are sad to say goodbye but have no doubts that this crew will keep in contact for years to come. This is a session for the books!
Posted: Wed, Jul 5, 2017
End the Prologue, Begin the Book
We all knew that the last full day would be bittersweet. I had the realization that we would all part tomorrow and it only made us all cherish the little time we lad left, the last dive included. Knowing this was the end, the last dive could only be described as madness. People put their fins on their hands and made funny faces the whole time. There were also lots of smooth trunkfish! We’ve laughed, cried, screamed, danced, sailed, dived, dared, raced, ate, and lived together for ling enought to know that this is not the end. With numbers exchanged and a group chat formed, this was only the beginning. Now as we sail back to where it all started, an aura of nostalgia has begun to set in. Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, in the words of a wise man “it’s been fun”.
Posted: Tue, Jul 4, 2017
The morning started with a breakfast that consisted of Oreo pancakes, the perfect beginning to an exhilarating day. After breakfast, the boat waved goodbye to our shipmate as she voyaged to Africa. Once all the hugs and tears subsided, divers strapped on their gear and leaped into the water to explore the beautiful reefs that the Rhone anchor had to offer. As the rescue students dismantled their gear, a surprise scenario surfaced causing all hands on deck to chip in and save the “unconscious” diver. After displaying an array of newly learned skills, the boat traveled to Road Town where the shipmates had shore time to eat lunch. With stomachs full and energy high, we hoisted the sails and readied ourselves for the sail of a lifetime. Everyone slathered their faces in war paint as they chanted and sang in the pouring rain. Competitors attempted to overtake Pure Joy throughout the race as they proved to be worthy competition. The exuberance of the boat only heightened as Pure Joy finished first, earning the title of dive side sailing champions! Dinner was started with smiles as the chefs of the day dyed our biscuits and past bright green. After dinner, shipmates spent time writing cards to their new best friends. Overall, the day was undoubtedly one for the books!
Posted: Mon, Jul 3, 2017
Revenge is a Dish Best Served Green
The morning started at 2:30 am as 8 sneaky girls and two staff members hopped in a dinghy. The previous day we had bought food dye. We had our sights set on Sambamba, Moko Jumbie, Portlandia, Happy Our and Luna Kahuna. We had the food dye ready and put it in their dairy products. Happy Our got their hand sanitizer dyed yellow and their milk dyed green. When we arrived back on our boat at 4 am, we had a two-hour nap before waking up to cereal for breakfast. After breakfast, I got my turn at driving the boat with Mels which was so much fun! Once at the dive site, we dove wreck alley, which was a favorite of everyone on board. During our safety stop, we ate chicken salad and spent the early afternoon either doing scenarios (Rescues), cleaning the barnacles (Dolphins) or diving (Neptunes). After our second dive, and my personal favorite dive, Blue Chromis reef, we took showers and sailed to GHP. During dinner, we noticed Happy Our climbing up a hill making goat sounds. Immediately we knew that a goat might be boarding Pure Joy later. Luckily, that didn’t happen but we are still preparing to be pranked. Now the Dolphins are preparing for their presentations and the Rescues and Neptunes for their tests. After that, we have planned to stay up in honor of our last night with our beloved shipmate Hannah before she leaves for a family vacation.