BVI: Session 1 - Mahi Mahi III
Posted: Sun, Jul 6, 2014
Staff Update Day 20: Back Home in West End
Location: West End, Tortola
It’s hard to believe that 20 days have gone by so quickly. Just three weeks ago the Mahi gang was all sitting around the cockpit table for the first time, eating tortellini and trying to learn one anothers names. In that time we’ve circumnavigated Tortola, dove some of the finest wrecks and reefs the BVIs have to offer and (in the case of the Rescues) learned how to take care of both ourselves and others on each and every dive.
The Mahi staff is so incredibly proud of all the hard work our crew has put in throughout the past several weeks. Alana, Lucy, Lydia, Alyssa, Joe and Sam finished out their rescue diver certifications after a perfectly-executed scenario yesterday morning. Caleb, Chris (aka Fluffy), Ryan, Nikolai and Giles recently completed not only their advanced open water certification but also their night, equipment and wreck specialties; they planned and executed a wreck penetration dive two days ago. The Mahi gang also boasts a number of competent sailors, all of whom stepped up to the plate and helped us get our sails in and our dinghies tended when we sailed into a squall yesterday afternoon.
It’s not the hard skills that makes this group of shipmates so memorable, however. Instead, we’ll remember Alana’s vocabulary contributions, Alyssa’s ever-ready helpful presence, Lucy’s bubbly enthusiasm, Lydia’s stories, Joe’s level-headed maturity, Caleb’s hammock engineering, Sam’s squeeze answers, Ryan’s jokes (and cheesy scrambled eggs), Giles’ quirky sense of humor, Fluffy’s non-stop banter and Nikolai’s smooth operations. Although this may seem like a platitude to those at home, believe us when we say that we have never had a group of shipmates who loved one another so much, nor a group who had so much fun with one another (and brought the fun to other boats wherever they went!). We have been impressed and inspired by the way this crew has come together as both a team and a family and will be very sorry to see them go.
Thanks for an amazing session, Mahi Mahi III — and remember: Mahi gang for life!
Posted: Sat, Jul 5, 2014
Day 19: Race Day
Location: The Bight, Norman Island
Today we woke up for an early breakfast of pancakes. While we were eating the Rescue divers had two scenarios. On the second try they were almost perfect. After breakfast we went for a fun dive on the wall in GHP while some people went waterskiing. We found a boat hook underwater. After the dive we motored across the Drake to Road Town where we had some time ashore to call home and eat lunch. After we dinghied back to Mahi we got ready for the dive side sail race. We started off well and were all having fun sailing and sitting on the trampoline, when we sailed into a squall. The wind was up to 35 knots so we had to call the race. It was raining so hard we were able to take fresh water showers off the back of the boat! We made it to Norman Island safely and are now cooking dinner and getting ready for the last night of program. The past 19 days have been amazing and I’m sad to see this trip come to an end.
Posted: Fri, Jul 4, 2014
Day 18: Wreck Diving
Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
Today we woke up to sail over to Cooper Island. We moored at Wreck Alley where the Neptunes learned how to use a reel to navigate a shipwreck and the Rescues did a fun dive. We came up for chicken salad sandwich lunches and sat on the roof to watch while the Rescues had another scenario. After lunch we went for the last wreck dive of the course and got to go inside a tugboat wreck then swim around an upside down barge. After the dive we motored back to GHP where we got ready for breakfast for dinner. We went to another boat, Second Wind, for a joint dinner to celebrate the fourth of July. There was double layer chocolate cake. Now we are all cleaning up and studying, getting ready for tonight’s Rescue and Neptune exams.
Posted: Thu, Jul 3, 2014
Day 17: Back to West End
Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
This morning we woke up early, had oatmeal and were making way by 7. It was around a 40 minute motor back to West End where the whole trip started. We got shore time to go get coffee, lunch and go shopping. After that we sailed to GHP where we were just a few days earlier. We picked up a mooring and dove the reef beneath the boat. We had free time to relax and study before dinner. Then we had Mexican night and we made burritos. All in all, the day was bueno.
Posted: Wed, Jul 2, 2014
Day 16: Oh Diver, My Diver
Location: Sandy Spit, Green Cay
After yesterday’s completely packed day, we woke tired and sore but ready for another fantastic day. Unfortunately, a good two thirds of the boat left for rescue training in the morning. The Neptunes, myself included, enjoyed two awesome fun dives at the Playgrounds, interspersed by a quick lunch of Ramen noodles. While we ate we got to watch the rescue divers completing their first surprise scenario the next boat over, rescuing three victims in the water. After the second dive we took the dinghy to the beach on Sandy Spit, a tiny island that can be circumnavigated by foot. Now we are getting ready for a dinner of franks and beans and afterwards, a dive-side Lifeworks forum on Mary Morgan.