BVI: Session 1 - Happy Our
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
Ahoy! These past three weeks flew by! We had the most exhilarating and fantastic journey with all of our shipmates on Happy Our. Each and every one of them has grown exponentially as divers, sailors and people. It has been an honor and a privilege to be a part of their growth. They all started out a little quiet with Avery and Jake drawing everyone slowly out of their shells. Greta was a star skipper and was the helmsman for our own personal victory in the dive side sail race on Day 19. Chase, Scarlett, Leah and Alexa did an awesome job on their research project on sponges and presented their project for the other Dolphin students. We will surely miss Casper’s skills in the galley and Maggie’s yummy chocolate chip cookies. Natalie did an epic job during her wreck dives and Emma got to see her favorite animal, a shark, up close and personal under a ledge. Jumping on the trampoline was clearly a favorite activity throughout the session and Haley was an all-star jumper. Up in the power tower, we were usually joined by Joseph who fine tuned his sailing skills and put them to work during the sail race! We will miss all of our shipmates so much!
Posted: Wed, Jul 5, 2017
Last Night in BVI
Today was our final full day of camp. This morning we ate our last boat breakfast and headed to the Indians for our final dive. It was a beautiful dive with colorful coral and awesome rock formations. After the dive, we cleaned our boat as we motored back to West End. Now we have some town time before the final BBQ with the rest of the fleet. ActionQuest has been a blast this session on Happy Our, I will miss the boat, the people and the memories we’ve made so much!
Posted: Tue, Jul 4, 2017
We started out our day at the brisk hour of 6:30 am. Unfortunately, a few shipmates (who will not be named) decided to wake up at 7:15. We then went for a moonwalk dive, where we exchanged our flippers for extra dive weight. From there, we descended 40 ft. and did not go any deeper because we listen to our instructors. We then saw a stingray that played a nice game of tag with us. Once we surfaced, the heroic Jake saved the life of a baby septopus who was named Jake Jr., after his brave and strong father. We then sailed to Road Town for some delicious grub where Maggie and Scarlett enjoyed pints of ice cream. From there, the epic and famous sail race commenced with Greta at the helm sailing at the speed of light. We had a rough start, starting in last place but thanks to our gnarly crew we were able to finish in really, really close second place but unfortunately “If you’re not first, your last!” – Ricky Bobby. We then arrived at Norman Island in the Bight, for dinner and sleep. While dinner was being cooked, the AVERYage height and skillful Avery trimmed up the intelligent and handsome Jake’s beard with some pomegranate shaving cream. When dinner was finally a go we had some delicious broccoli cheddar soup to celebrate the 4th of July followed by some lovely star gazing to make up for the fireworks. I have only had broccoli cheddar soup one other time, it was at a Panera and I have to say I like AQ’s soup way more but that’s just my personal opinion. But if you’re ever at Panera I recommend ordering the Mac n cheese, it is literally the best thing to eat on a cold day.
Posted: Mon, Jul 3, 2017
Goat Team 6
Today started our early as we left from Great Harbor, Peter Island and sailed to Cooper Island. The Neptunes all got together and had to do two wreck-training dives so that we could get our wreck diving specialty certification. We had to reel a line throughout the wreck during the first dive. Meanwhile, the Dolphins did a fun dive at Blue Chromis Reef. We all got to do swim throughs on the Beata Wreck and it was super cool. After the Neptunes finished their second wreck dive, we motored back to GHP to stay for the night. Once we arrived at GHP, Justin excitedly got together a team to go on an adventure of a lifetime: a quest to catch a goat on the nearby island and plant it on another boat in our fleet. We gathered our troops in the dinghy along with some old bread and rope. We arrived on shore and we began our mission. We climbed though rocks, bushes, trees, dirt, cacti, and finally found ourselves at the top of the hill. It was around sunset and the view was incredible. At this point in time, we had not been able to capture any goats but luckily was had Leah, who is one with the goats and can communicate with them. She began to call out to the goats and suddenly one started coming our way. After many laughs and goat calls, we decided to call it a day and eat some delicious breakfast for dinner. After dinner all of the Neptunes took their Advanced diver test and we all passed! The Dolphins presented their projects that they had been working on. It has been a very eventful and exciting day and we are all so sad that the trip is coming to an end.