BVI: Session 2 - Luna Kahuna
Posted: Tue, Jul 11, 2017
This morning we woke up to a beautiful sunrise in Savanna Bay. After breakfast, the Neptunes left the boat to begin their program and the Dolphins came over to our boat. We all did a morning dive and practiced compass navigation with our buddies. It was great getting to meet and dive with a whole new group of people! After, we learned more about the Earth’s oceans. Did you know that 71% of the Earth’s surface is ocean? That is why it is so important for us to conserve and protect all of the marine life! For lunch, we ate delicious PB&J sandwiches. We then explored the beaches and studied the differences in biodiversity between the windward and leeward sides of the island. We were fortunate enough to see 3 juvenile lemon sharks and a small sea turtle near shore. After the Dolphins all hung out on our boat and we learned how to drive a dinghy and did water sports. Tonight, we’re going to watch the sunset while we eat chili and rice for dinner. I can’t believe that we are almost a quarter of the way through camp!
Posted: Mon, Jul 10, 2017
Blue Chromis Dive!
This morning after breakfast of yogurt and bagels, we set sail. After a couple hours, we arrived at Blue Chromis Reef. We all got geared up and jumped in! Seeing the stingrays, coral, fish, and sea turtles was SO cool! After the dive, we made sandwiches for lunch and then went for a quick swim before we set sail again to Savanna Bay. At Savannah Bay, we jumped off the boat and played games in the water. We showered and got ready for dinner. For dinner, we had pasta and garlic bread. Later we have our first Lifeworks forum on Happy Our! P.S. Happy Birthday Charlie!
Posted: Sun, Jul 9, 2017
Check Out Dive!
We had a decent breakfast consisting of milk and cereal. We had our first check-out dive after finishing the swim test. As we were getting our dive stuff ready, we saw a sea turtle! It was too far away to tell what species it was. I was actively looking while we were swimming laps around the boat for the swim test. My dive buddy and I saw a stingray during our dive, but I’m not sure if anyone else saw it. We all took quick ocean showers. For dinner, we are having sloppy joes and after the skipper of the day is going to ask a question for the daily squeeze. I think my first year/ second official day of camp has been pretty cool and I can’t wait for tomorrow!
Posted: Sat, Jul 8, 2017
Luna Kahuna Staff Update Day 1
The staff of Luna Kahuna have been busy awaiting the arrival of shipmates. All of the scuba tanks and dive gear is on board and we’ve prepared the whole boat by cleaning and stocking it with a full 3 weeks worth of food to be ready for arrival day! We are all incredibly excited to welcome 14 new members to our boat family. We can’t wait to share an incredible 3 weeks with all of our crew.
Here is an introduction to the crew of Luna Kahuna:
Matt was born and raised in Sarasota, Florida. Matt joined the GXG team in the summer of 2014 as a dive instructor and has worked here every summer since then. After acquiring other certifications, Matt works as a skipper, dive instructor, and member of the medical team. He sailed across the Atlantic Ocean with AQ on S/Y Argo in 2012 and sailed across the Indian Ocean with Seamester on Argo in 2014. He will be graduating next year from Florida Gulf Coast University with a major in Criminal Justice and minor in Computer Science. When he is not in school or working he spends his time pursuing a variety of hobbies, including woodworking, surfing, and building computers.
Elle- Dive Instructor/Mate
Participating in an ActionQuest program in 2012 inspired Elle to pursue her passion for diving and a determination to share her enthusiasm for the marine environment with others. She spent her gap year pursuing her passion of diving, qualifying as an Open Water and EFR Instructor and working in Thailand before moving to Mauritius to teach and explore the wonders of the Indian Ocean. Elle is currently studying a BSc in International Business Management at Cardiff University and returns to Thailand each summer vacation to continue teaching. She is now a PADI Master Scuba Diver with 7 specialty instructor qualifications. When not under the water or studying, Elle is a keen netball player, playing on the universitys 1st team and has a love of dance, having studied ballet, tap and modern to advanced levels since beginning at age 3.
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.