BVI: Session 1 - Pure Joy

Posted: Sun, Jun 18, 2017

A Cactus Among the Waves

Location: Savanna Bay, Virgin Gorda
Author: Jacob W.
After waking up in White Bay on Peter Island, we ate bagels and yogurt for breakfast. After cleaning up, we sailed to Blue Chromis Reef where we did our second dive. During the dive, we saw lots of Blue Chromis fish, which is the reason for the name of the reef. I had a lot of fun playing underwater limbo as well. After surfacing from the blue Caribbean water, we departed for Savannah Bay. We played hangman to pass the time. Once we arrived, we eagerly jumped into the ocean to swim more before showering. Another shipmate Hannah brought a giant inflatable cactus which we inflated using the dinghy pump. After showering, we ate a delicious dinner of pasta Alfredo and hot dogs. Later tonight, we have our first Lifeworks meeting and I can’t wait!

Posted: Sat, Jun 17, 2017

The Long Awaited Dive

Location: White Bay, Peter Island
Author: Felipe A.
Today was a great day, despite a rough morning for many of us because of the rain at 2 in the morning. As we pulled off the dock this morning, everyone was in a great mood and excited to finally get to go scuba diving. Many had been waiting for their first jump into the ocean since last summer at ActionQuest. This wish was granted as we arrived at Peter Island. The day ended with a very cozy dinner, where it was agreed that the best part of the day was getting to dive (and the ice cold lemonade).

Posted: Fri, Jun 16, 2017

Pure Joy Staff Update Day 1

Location: West End, Tortola
Author: Emelia, Sarah, and Mike
Our vessel name, Pure Joy, is an accurate description of the tangible atmosphere around the dock today! We could not be more excited for our shipmates to arrive! In the past 15 days of setup and staff training we have worked hard to prepare the boats, fine tune skills, and come together as a staff team. With Dolphin, Neptune, and Rescue students about to board, we are thrilled for program to start so we can facilitate the best summer ever!
Here is an introduction to the crew of Pure Joy:
Emelia- skipper/dive instructor
Born and raised in Washington, DC, Emelia started with ActionQuest in 2008 as a shipmate. She joined the AQ staff as a Divemaster in 2013 and is now a PADI Scuba Instructor and Yachtmaster 200ton captain. Emelia graduated from the University of San Diego in December 2016 and is moving to Los Angeles to work in film. When Emelia is not sailing or scuba diving, you can find her writing her next screenplay or flying through the air on a trapeze.
Sarah- dive instructor/mate
Sarah is incredibly excited to come back for a second summer at ActionQuest. She grew up in the landlocked state of Colorado, but has always been drawn to the ocean. She graduated from the University of Colorado in 2011 with a degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. She took a job for National Marine Fisheries collecting catch data on commercial fishing vessels in the Bering Sea. The contract-based work allowed her the opportunity to travel and do other ocean research internships, like study great white sharks in South Africa 2012. In 2013, she moved to Florida to pursue diving and became a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor in early 2014. She has since been teaching, diving, and transitioning from the research field to the education field.
Mike- dive instructor/mate
Mike is from Newton, Massachusetts, and developed his love for the ocean during summer on Cape Cod as a kid. He became scuba certified in Gloucester, MA, where he realized exactly how cold the water in New England could get. He graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a B.S. in Marine Biology, during which he got his Rescue certification while studying abroad in Bonaire, and discovered the joy of warm water diving. Mike worked as a teacher’s aide in his hometown of Newton for two years after graduating, after which he traveled to Utila, Honduras to get his divemaster and instructor certifications. When he is at home, he plays Ultimate Frisbee in his free time, as well as canoeing in the Charles River.

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