BVI: Session 2 - Pure Joy
Posted: Tue, Jul 11, 2017
We first woke up early at 6:00 am to warm eggs and muffins. After a fresh breakfast, the shipmates went their separate ways to enjoy their daily activities. My group, the Dolphins, traveled to Luna Kahuna for the navigation dive, which was surely tricky. After the dive, we started our studies and learned about currents, tides, and waves. Then we ate lunch and went for a nature walk. During the hike, we saw many cool things, for example, crabs, coral, hermit crabs, lizards, and cacti! Finally, it was shower time and dinner. We had chili for dinner. That was today, though tomorrow should be an adventure as well.
Posted: Mon, Jul 10, 2017
Blue Chromis and Sailing
Location: Alina V.
Today was a great day! At 6:30 am we received our wake up call with this session’s morning CD. We packed up the hammocks and had bagels and yogurt for breakfast. Amelia wasted no time in getting out of White Bay and on our way to Blue Chromis Reef. Ahead of schedule, we prepared our gear and got in the clear blue water. In my group, Lucy took us on an adventure throughout the reef and taught us some new buoyancy skills. After everyone made their way back on board and disassembled their gear, we relaxed around the boat and ate lunch before setting sail for Savannah Bay. Once there, we fooled around in the water and took our much-needed showers. Our crew just finished a wonderful dinner of alfredo pasta, salad, and hotdogs. It was delicious! As I’m writing this, cleanup is being finished and we are going to go on the bow for a game of mafia. I can’t wait! I’m excited for a new day tomorrow!
Posted: Sun, Jul 9, 2017
Learning the Ropes
Our first day was a great one! Our day started with some cereal for breakfast and a talk with Mike (director of AQ) on the dock. We went over all of the things we needed to know and then talked about how life-changing and memorable our trip would be. After that, we left the dock. Before we put up our sails, we learned a few knots and winch safety. We sailed over to White Bay, Peter Island and ate lunch underway. It was really fun getting to sit on our boat’s trampoline while we sailed. Once we got to White Bay, we did the swim test and had to swim around the boat 8 times and tread water for 10 minutes. Next, we got ready to do our check-out dive. On our dive we reviewed some skills like regulator recovery, clearing our masks, etc. When we got to the surface, everybody was super excited to have finished our first dive of the trip! We then had sloppy joes for dinner and tonight we are meeting up with the other boats on dive side to talk about the program. Overall it was a fantastic first day and we’re excited for tomorrow!
Posted: Sat, Jul 8, 2017
Pure Joy Staff Update Day 1
We could not be happier for our new group of shipmates to arrive! Pure Joy’s fridges are filled with fresh food, our bookshelves are full of PADI books, PFD’s are on the lines, and excitement is in the air. We cannot wait to welcome our 13 Neptune and Dolphin students to their new home. Hopefully, they’re ready for the best summer ever!
Here is an introduction to the crew of Pure Joy:
Born and raised in Washington, DC, Emelia started with ActionQuest in 2008 as a shipmate. She joined the AQ staff as a Divemaster in 2013 and is now a PADI Scuba Instructor and Yachtmaster 200ton captain. Emelia graduated from the University of San Diego in December 2016 and is moving to Los Angeles to work in film. When Emelia is not sailing or scuba diving, you can find her writing her next screenplay or flying through the air on a trapeze.
Lucy- Dive Instructor/Mate
Lucys mission is to educate others about marine science and SCUBA diving and spread the word about conservation. This has led her to a Masters degree in Marine Biology at the University of Southampton (U.K.) and to dive around the world. It does not matter where she dives; Lucy is always fascinated in learning species and habitat identification. By volunteering and working with various different governments and institutes Lucy has built specialisms in both temperate and tropical marine research, specializing in habitat mapping with GIS. Lucy currently works seasonally at her new activities center in the Seychelles where her roles include: business manager, head instructor (PADI MSDT), resident marine biologist and skipper. Island life has become something of a norm to Lucy, who enjoys its proximity to the natural world. Where possible she does travel with an electric keyboard to keep her piano skills fresh. Whilst back in civilization you will often find Lucy on the netball court or the swing jive dance floor making up for lost moves!