BVI: Session 1 - Moko Jumbie
Posted: Sat, Jun 24, 2017
Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
Today we woke up to a morning rain shower but our spirits held high, for we were diving the Rhone. The Rhone was a British mailing ship that sank due to a hurricane in the 1800s. When we arrived at the dive site we set up our dive gear, split into our dive groups, and began the dive. We were over 60 feet deep when we reached the bow of the ship. We entered a swim through on the wreck and saw a lobster and squid on our way out. Once we finished the wreck, we ascended from the dive. After a short break, we took a nice hike on Salt Island. The entire dive side took pictures on a cliff. Then we went back to the sailboat and did some rescue and CPR training. Having had a long day, we settled down for dinner.
Posted: Fri, Jun 23, 2017
A Long Journey’s Milestone
Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
After our sleep after the BBQ at Mountain Point, we woke up to a fine breakfast of bagels and yogurt. We then set out on a voyage to Great Harbor, Peter Island. On this long voyage, we spent our time either finishing up the remaining chapters in our dive books or napping. When we arrived at GHP, we sprung up to set up our diving equipment for our last search and recovery dive. Some people from Pure Joy boarded our boat and joined us for the dive as well. After our final search, we got out of the water to take apart our gear and almost immediately jumped back in the water to have some fun swimming under the sun. This went one until it was time for our new friends to return to the boat. We then had a large amount of free time in which I found the opportunity to play a game of cards with my shipmates. Meanwhile, the chefs for the day went on cooking a wonderful Mexican dinner. We as the crew of this boat have become such strong friends with an extraordinary bond, even though we have only known each other for 8 days. We have all grown in character and are now more of a family than a bunch of people who happen to be on the same boat.
Posted: Thu, Jun 22, 2017
Dine and Dive
Location: Vixen Point, Gorda Sound
Today we woke up bright and early and started off the day with cereal. After that, we quickly assembled our dive gear to get ready to dive at Mountain Point. During the dive, we worked on our search and recovery skills. We then set off to port and had a great lunch on shore at Leverick Bay on Virgin Gorda. We also got to visit the grocery store to load up on snacks. We then set off again and headed to Vixon Point. As soon as we arrived, we watched a long video on emergency first response. Then we jumped into the ocean to shower and ended up having a pretty intense diving competition that Keally ended up winning. We are now getting ready to head to shore for our first barbecue where we get to eat burgers and listen to music. Overall, we had a very fun and exciting day.
Posted: Wed, Jun 21, 2017
Location: The Dogs
We woke up this morning at 7:00 am in our swinging hammocks and were told to grab our PFDs because we were moving. We set sail to the outstanding Coral Gardens. We completed our second navigation dive. In the Gatorade blue waters, we navigated a pentagon. Luckily, we all made it back to the vertex without getting lost. For those of you who have been diving, you know its the closest feeling to flying without an airplane. We continued to dive in Coral Gardens where there is an airplane wreck. We got to go inside the plane, which was a bit eerie, but just as beautiful. After we ascended back into real life, we ate a delicious lunch: mac n’ cheese by Davis. Because of the early wake up, which many of us, teens aren’t used to, we quickly fell asleep on our sail to the Chimneys while the compressor hummed in the background. Two hours later, we woke up for our second amazing dive of the day. We swam alongside vibrant fish. The coral looked as if it was reaching out to us. On our way back to our mooring spot, the Pure Joy shipmates joined us. The music blasted on the overhead boat speakers, and we danced the boat ride away. Gabbie and Keally made our dinner, which was so good. The beautiful day ended with a sorbet colored sunset. ActionQuest Day 6 = huge success.
Posted: Tue, Jun 20, 2017
Baths, Diving and Port
Location: Mountain Point, Virgin Gorda
Today started with an early trip to the Baths. Everyone was excited for the Baths. Despite the awful history of the Baths, the Baths are fun because it offers us an opportunity to explore outside of our living quarters. It was great to see everyone having fun and meeting people from other boats. Instead of climbing and jumping, I opted for the scenic option or strolling around. Next, we got to go to Spanish Town on Virgin Gorda. It was great to talk to my friends and family after a few days with no communication. Our boat then sailed to Mountain Point, Virgin Gorda. On the way, our boat worked on our rescue workbooks. It is a lot of work but the information is useful and it teaches me to be a better diver. Lastly, we did skills dive focused on distressed divers underwater. The best part of the day was just the fact that the boat started working as a team. After 5 days, our boat is really clicking.