BVI: Session 3 - Pure Joy

Posted: Thu, Aug 10, 2017

Something Cool

Location: Lucy B.
Author: Sandy Spit, Green Cay
I woke up this morning fully refreshed, I think it was the best sleep that I’ve had this entire trip. We ate some awesome cereal and set up our dive gear to start our day doing rescue exercises. First we did a search and recovery dive and had many issues with the search pattern, but in the end, we found both kettlebells. After that dive, our amazing, lovely, and kind staff surprised the rescue squad with a rescue scenario. We had to save Mels and Davis from the ocean. It was so funny seeing our team run around and try to save two adults. In the end, we “saved” both of them successfully. After that, we finally ate lunch and moved to a new dive site. At the Playgrounds, I saw a gnarly spotted eagle ray about the size of a dinghy. I also saw a couple of squids. I love the Playgrounds! Tonight we are having the beach BBQ and I am so excited to see all of my friends on other boats. It is kind of sad that the trip is coming to an end but I am so grateful to be here and get the opportunity to experience something most kids my age don’t get to enjoy.

Posted: Wed, Aug 9, 2017

Don’t Get Lost!

Location: Molly G.
Author: Great Harbor, Jost van Dyke
Today was a fun and eventful day. The morning began with a motor to Brewers Bay where the Rescues and Neptunes split up for different coursework. The Rescues completed our final navigation dive which required us to find weights with headings to form a pentagon. Diya, Claudia, Lucy, and I found all of the weights but had some trouble finding the boat as the visibility was too bad to see the anchor. It’s okay though, as all the Rescues are officially underwater navigators! During this time, the Neptunes completed their first solo dive at Shark Point with no problems. Later, the Rescues had their oxygen provider lecture and we will complete our practical tonight. We also worked on exit tows at the surface. The Neptunes completed a second fun dive as did the Rescues. The visibility at Shark Point wasn’t great but that didn’t stop us from seeing cool marine life. The Neptunes completed their lecture for their equipment specialty certification. After quick saltwater showers, I helped Mels drive the boat to Jost Van Dyke where we will spend the night. It was an action-packed day and I’m sad that we only have a few days left of our trip.

Posted: Tue, Aug 8, 2017

Another Breath Taking Day in the BVIs

Location: Diya K.
Author: Array
Today was a hard but rewarding day! We started off the day with Eli and Molly making chocolate chip pancakes and Ethan cooking us some fresh and crisp bacon. We completed our delicious meal with some almond milk coffee. After breakfast, the Neptunes moved to Happy Our for some fun snorkeling. The Rescues spent the whole day practicing rescue breaths. After perfecting the rescue breaths, the Rescues were greeted by tasty brownies made by Mels. We concluded our day with delicious pasta, laughs and giggles, and a breath-taking warm sunset.

Posted: Mon, Aug 7, 2017

Eye of the Storm

Location: Chloe L.
Author: Array
Today we got to sleep in and woke up to oatmeal and fruit served! We ate quickly than the 3 Neptunes got our dive gear ready and hopped on Happy Our for our wreck dive. The Rescues did a search and recovery dive practicing the jackstay pattern and did their EFR practice and lectures. Us Neptunes stayed on Happy Our to let rescues focus and we all met at Road Town. There was a parade and some good food places to eat and walk around. Right as we got to port some rain kicked in. After port, the storm grew stronger and stronger. All of Pure Joy danced and sang in the rain until some intense thunder and lightning kicked in. We motored to Marina Cay in crazy weather. We all played cards until dinner which was Ramen. After dinner, we got to listen to a tape called The Best Things Are Not Things. It was very moving and I believe the tape touched everyones heart.

Posted: Sun, Aug 6, 2017

A Day By the Rhone

Location: Eli M.
Author: Great Harbor, Peter Island
Today started with a later wake up at 7:00 am followed by breakfast as we motored from Blue Chromis to Salt Island. After munching on some cereal, we were introduced to the tragic fate of the RMS Rhone, a ship that sank, leaving only 23 people alive. However, the kind people of Salt Island took in the 23 survivors and helped recover the dead from the Rhone and gave a proper burial. As thanks, Salt Island was given to the inhabitants for only 1 bag of salt a year. This salt is said to still be used on the Queen of England’s table. After the lecture, we set up our gear and descended to dive the Rhone. The large mast was encrusted with coral and laid on the bottom. The wreck was complete with creatures so utterly foreign that they inspired a feeling a wonder inside. We swam through an opening in the Rhone. While swimming through, I imagined the Rhone as it was originally, a ship so large and powerful it was deemed unsinkable. After having such a wonderful dive, we packed up our gear and took a dinghy to Salt Island. We went on a hike to the highest point on Salt Island, stopping along the way to look at the graves of the people that died in the shipwreck. The view from atop the island revealed a beautiful blue sky and sea with lush green islands off in the distance. We returned to the boat and traveled to GHP and the Rescues did a training dive to work on navigation and panicked diver procedures. Afterwards, we relaxed in the water and Ethan found a barracuda. He then proceeded to play chicken with it and won. A delicious dinner having been provided by Chloe and Savannah, I headed up to the power tower and here I am writing this blog. As I write, the Neptunes are heading out on a night dive. Another great day has come to an end and here’s to another great one tomorrow.

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