BVI: Session 1 - Catalinaville
Posted: Sun, Jun 26, 2016
Day 12 – Cruisin’ To The Chikuzen
Location: Muskmelon Bay, Guana Island
Today, I woke up in Marina Cay and was happy to smell pancakes for breakfast. The staff had a meeting so it was unusual to be cooking and cleaning without any supervision. I was happy to see everyone working together and getting along while doing their jobs. After the staff returned from the meeting, we left Marina Cay to head towards the wreck of the Chikuzen, a Japanese refrigerator vessel that has a very interesting past. The sail over to the wreck was very relaxing and I enjoyed the change of pace compared to the bust last few days in the rescue course. The ship was not near any land, so I was very excited to dive at the wavy and remote spot. The dive itself was awesome. We spotted sharks, a lionfish, a stingray and huge schools of fish. It was my favorite dive yet! After surfacing we enjoyed chicken salad sandwiches for lunch, and we began our sail to Muskmelon Bay, where we would spend the night. I enjoyed today a lot because it was a break from rescue work and was all fun. Our boat is really starting to get along well, and I am really looking forward to the next ten days!
Posted: Sat, Jun 25, 2016
Day 11 – Going With The Tides
Location: Marina Cay
Waking up to the smells of pancakes reminds you of home. It’s day 11 on the high seas, Catalinaville is feeling more and more like home, theres always something going on, whether its the ear piercing rough of the compressor or the sail fluttering in the wind there isn’t much silence. Down time is willed with laughter and chatter. Reflecting upon the days bring up highlight moments which bring the 14 of us closer. Today is another day that will be put in the books, I mean literally due to the fact that Im writing this in a book. Today we went to Road Town and stocked up on snacks, but lets keep that between you and me. We pressed on with a beautiful dive on an old shipwreck called the fearless. We all took photo with the famous toilet at the bottom. If that wasn’t enough excitement for one day, we continued on with the sail to Marina Cay where we ate dinner and look forward to the cool breeze that will rock us to sleep after a tiring day.
Posted: Fri, Jun 24, 2016
Day 10 – Surface Skills And Sun Naps
Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
We started the day with the infamous AQ breakfast burritos. They were a nice break from bagels, oatmeal and the occasional thing of yogurt. As we finished up clean up we were given a briefing of what we would do for the rest of the day. Rescue training had to continue with the recovery of an unresponsive diver in and out of the water. Underwater skills were fairly simple, involving a quick dive, testing our skills to get the unresponsive diver to the surface. The surface skills were the most difficult. From providing rescue breaths, taking off equipment, and just towing people around was very challenging. Some masks and weight belts fell to the bottom of GHP, but thankfully, they were all recovered. Although little to no problems arose as we finished fairly early on terms of this particular exercise. After we finished, we had until dinner to relax and chill: listen to music, eat, swim, play cards, water ski, or my personal favorite, nap. I slept in the sun for a good two hours listening to the sweet sound of the compressor pumping tanks. Currently the crew and my shipmates are jamming to Bob Marley while making dinner. Distancing myself to write this I am sitting in the power tower watching the sun go down wondering what my friends and family back home are doing right now. Nonetheless, I am excited for the rest of our trip as sure as everyone else is. We are all having so much fun learning and bonding together. To end probably one of the longest blogs, I hey to my parents, Meg and Caitlyn, I miss you guys! Catalinaville out.
Day 10 – Staff Update – Fun Times On Catalinaville
Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
Time is flying by on Catalinaville. I cannot believer we’re at the halfway point! Our crew of rescue students are killing their coursework and practical assignments, and having an absolute blast doing so. Mary Kate and Chris led the group in a successful rescue exercise this afternoon, planning an executing a search for a missing diver. Nicole kept the crew focused and organized, while Natalie and Mara used a lift bag to surface our lost diver ( a kettle-bell). Kade and Jack went diving with a beautiful spotted eagle ray, while Gabi followed a turtle on our Rhone dive this morning Jeff and Morgan are navigating underwater like professionals, and Katherine and Hudson are doing an incredible job working on their search and recovery training dives. Hannah keeps the group laughing and impresses us with her ability at the helm, and Alexa has proven herself the master of mooring and anchoring the boat. Davis, Adam and I are so impressed with the teamwork and leadership displayed among the shipmates. Their dedication to diving and sailing is inspiring. These first ten days have been more fun than I could have ever imagined, and I cannot wait to watch the crew continue progressing as individual divers and as a team! Fair winds, from the crew of Catalinaville!
Posted: Thu, Jun 23, 2016