BVI: Session 1 - Rangitoto Too
Posted: Sat, Jun 18, 2016
Day 4 – Navigation Day!
Location: Savanna Bay, Virgin Gorda
We woke up today on the beautiful Savannah Bay. The other Neptune students on the dive side boats joined us for most of the entire day. We had a quick lecture on navigation before we left to the great beach at the edge of the bay to practice the skills that we had just learned. We split up into two groups, and with our partners, we covered our eyes with towels and we only used a compass to navigate the beach. Everybody did very well. We all came back to our boat to prepare for our dive in the sand circles. Due to our efficiency on the beach and during the dive preparation we were able to go back to the beach and swim and hangout before leaving for the dive. We stayed on the beach for a long time and it was really fun. After our beach time, we came back for a quick lunch of tuna salad. We then went on a quick ride to get to the sand circles to practice navigating. It was a short dive, but it was pretty cool because it was next to a nice reef, so we had a great time. It consisted of 3 stations. the first station was to see our pace of swimming 100 feet so we can navigate precisely. The second was just swimming back and forth for 100 feet using a heading. The final station was testing our ability to navigate in a square. After the dive, we had a lot of time to simply swim and jump off of the side of the boat. The other Neptunes went back to their boats and we showered and prepared for dinner. We had rice and chili, and Danielle joined us for dinner and a squeeze. After dinner we all just hung out and had fun for a long time before we prepared for sleep.
Posted: Fri, Jun 17, 2016
Day 3 – Fun Dive
Location: Savanna Bay, Virgin Gorda
Today we woke up at 7:30. It was nice to “sleep in”. Next we had a fun dive. We saw many different fish and coral. It was incredible. For lunch we had PB+J and turkey sandwiches. They were pretty good. After a quick study session for our advanced certifications we sailed over to Savannah Bay. We took a saltwater shower. It was fun, and some of us back flipped off the boat. After that we had Alfredo pasta for dinner and the director, Mike, joined us. We chatted and had fun. After dinner we went to our first of 3 Lifeworks forums. There we spoke about focusing on the positive things in life rather than the negatives. Before we knew it, it was time to hit the hay. What a day in the beautiful BVI’s!
Posted: Thu, Jun 16, 2016
Day 2 – Checkout Dive
Location: White Bay, Peter Island
Today was our first day aboard Rangitoto Too! Wake up was at 6:30 and a breakfast of cereal followed soon after. We had the “Dock Talk” with the director, Mike, at 8. It was 2 hours long! Afterwards, we got to run around the dock and shop until 10 o’clock. Boats started leaving the port around 10:30. Once at sea, Alisa, Rachael, and Matt taught the Rang crew about tying knots and raising the sails. We raised sails and were on the water for 2 hours before arriving at Peter Island. The staff sent us on a swim test; 6 laps around the boat, and treading water for 10 minutes. We were split up into 2 groups of 5 with Alisa and Rachael. I went with Alisa, and my group practiced our skills; mask clearing, sharing regs, etc. Afterwards, the whole ship took salt water showers. We dried off and Meriel cooked us Sloppy Joe’s for dinner. After clean up, the students had down time until the meeting on Great White. Overall, it was an awesome first day at sea!
Posted: Wed, Jun 15, 2016
Staff Update Day 1
Location: West End, Tortola
Matt, Rachael and Alisa, the staff of Rangitoto Too, are all super excited to add 12 new members to our boat family. We have been stocking our cupboards with food, stocking our shelves with learning materials, and preparing the cabins for student arrivals. We are itching to have everyone on board, casting off our lines, and having the opportunity to teach your students more about sailing, scuba diving, and this beautiful ecosystem we are a part of.
Here is an introduction to the crew of Rangitoto Too:
Matt: Skipper/Dive Instructor/Medic
Matt is a returning skipper, dive instructor, and member of the medical team. He sailed across the Atlantic Ocean with Seamester on S/Y Argo in 2012, and sailed across the Indian Ocean on Argo in 2014. During the year he studies at Florida Gulf Coast University and is majoring in marine biology. In his off time he likes to produce music, go on adventures with his dog, and do woodworking.
Rachael: Dive Instructor/Mate
Rachael joined ActionQuest as a shipmate in 2008 and sailed across the Atlantic Ocean aboard S/Y Argo in 2012. It was through AQ that she developed her passion for scuba diving and sailing, and went on to become a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor in 2014. In December 2016 Rachael will graduate with a joint degree in Biology & Human Development/Family Studies and another degree in French from Auburn University in Alabama. Last year she took a semester to live and study in Cannes, France, where she ate a lot of cheese, and for two years she competed as a member of the Auburn University Sailing Team. When Rachael isn’t studying, sailing, or scuba diving, she’s singing! Carnegie Hall, the Lincoln Center, and Disney’s Epcot are just a few of the venues where Rachael has had the privilege of performing.
Alisa: Dive Instructor/Mate
Alisa was raised in North Florida and has never been far from the water. She was a competitive swimmer for nine years and has been diving since she was sixteen. Her passion for scuba and the undersea world has only increased over the years. Alisa studied ecotourism in college and became a PADI scuba instructor in 2014. When she’s not in the water, her hobbies include being around food as much as possible and having a near unhealthy obsession with Harry Potter. She enjoys engaging with people and teaching and encouraging people to love the water and its inhabitants as much as she does! This is her second year working with the ActionQuest family and she is more than excited to continue this adventure!