BVI: Session 1 - Shazam
Location: Sandy Spit, Green Cay
Today was a pretty chill day at ActionQuest. Marina, our skipper, woke us up by our wake up playlist ringing throughout our boat. We changed out of our PJs and we got breakfast. One of our staff members, Pippa, woke us all up, so that we could help with breakfast. We turned on the motor and headed for Sandy Spit, where the day’s activities would take place. The dolphin students had project dives, the rescue divers had a scenario and the Neptunes had fin dives. For lunch, we had Ramen noodles. Nest the dolphins begin their papers where they’ll show what they’ve learned throughout the three-week session. The rescues had their fun dive and the Neptunes had free time on the beach. At dinner, Mike, the director of ActionQuest visited our boat where he partook in our meal of franks and beans and cornbread. After we finished, Mike led us in a discussion about ourselves and our characteristics. During this, we really got to know each other a lot better. Tomorrow we are on to new things, cooler things, exciting things and everlasting memories. Shazam!
Posted: Wed, Jun 29, 2016
Day 15 – The Longest Day Ever
Location: Sidney’s, Jost van Dyke
Today was very, very tiring. We started fresh with a 5:30 wake up call, followed by breakfast. Shortly after, we found ourselves on the dock, ready for our 2-hour hike. We all struggled, but Shazam stayed together in small groups, and made it! 5 miles later, we shared some lunch at Cane Garden Bay, and begun our voyage to Sandy Cay, once there, we built sand castles in a big competition. After about 1.5 hours of sand castle building, we are now heading to Sydney’s Peace and Love for a BBQ and party. This was the longest day ever! Shazam!
Posted: Tue, Jun 28, 2016
Location: Cane Garden Bay, Tortola
Today sure was eventful! We woke up early this morning to wish our shipmate Diego a happy birthday. After our celebration, we ate a breakfast of oatmeal. After breakfast, we set sail for Brewer’s Bay. While in Brewer’s Bay, the Rescues did their third search and recovery dive, the Neptunes did their second fish ID dive and the dolphins did a research project dive. After all our morning activities had been completed, we ate an absolutely delicious lunch of quesadillas and salsa. After lunch, the rescues and Neptunes had a fun dive at Shark Point while the dolphins tagged their first turtle! At 3, we motored to Cane Garden Bay. While under way, the rescues took their EFR test. Then we arrived in the beautiful Can Garden Bay and refilled our water, and shortly after, we took showers. We then ate a dinner of chicken stir-fry with a delicious birthday cake dessert. After dinner, we ended our day with the rescues taking their O2 practical and the dolphins and Neptunes have movie nights!
Posted: Mon, Jun 27, 2016
Location: Sommer’s Beach, Tortola
We woke up to the delicious smell of poppy seed muffins and the breathtaking sight of Muskmelon Bay. Every day here is beautiful beyond words or measure, but it’s never any less surprising, and we try to be any less grateful. After breakfast, the rescue divers went over to Catalinaville to practice more Rescue diver drills and skills for the first part of the day, while the Dolphins went on a project dive, and Neptunes learned more in depth about our equipment. We took apart regulators and first stages, learned about different types of gear, and had an exciting and fun relay race, trying to set up our gear quickly while blindfolded. We all reconvened on Shazam for lunch and then headed off to the beach. The beach looked gorgeous, like something straight out of an Apple desktop photo, and we all had a lot of fun splashing in the waves together, practicing skills like throwing emergency floatation during interesting, fun games. Dolphins went back to the boat for an incredibly cool shark dissection. Everybody else then joined the dolphins on the boat to prepare for a beach BBQ tonight with all of ActionQuest, which promises to be fun and exciting, as everything is here. Shazam!