BVI: Session 1 - Moko Jumbie
Posted: Mon, Jun 19, 2017
On Our Way to Being Rescue Divers!
Location: Savanna Bay, Virgin Gorda
We definitely learned a ton today! We woke up bright and early. We were then joined by the other rescue students from a different boat. The day began after breakfast with a quick lecture to remind us how to properly navigate while diving. After the chat, we all splashed with our buddies and practiced navigating a square pattern while counting kick cycles. Once we returned to the boat, we practiced surface rescue skills to help both panicked and tired divers. Then we worked on rescue skills.
Posted: Sun, Jun 18, 2017
First Fun Dive!
Location: Savanna Bay, Virgin Gorda
Today started off with yummy bagels and yogurt and then we set sail for our first spot, wreck alley. There we saw 2 ships and one was upside down! Although it was a short dive, the wrecks were really cool. After we had some tasty PBJ sandwiches, we sailed over to Savanna Bay. Savanna Bay was full of boats and we had to find a good spot to anchor. Once we found a spot, we played a game called Mafia on the bow. We also had a really tasty Alfredo pasta dish with hot dogs. Overall, we had a good day!
Posted: Sat, Jun 17, 2017
Location: White Bay, Peter Island
Our day started at 3 am when it started raining and we all ran inside and crammed for sleeping space. For breakfast, we had cereal and cantaloupe and then we had a long orientation talk. After, the crew of Moko Jumbie went shopping and brought back lots of snacks. We then left port and sailed to our first dive site. Before we could dive today, everyone completed the swim test. Our first dive was short but it was entertaining because half of the group saw an eel. We then took our first salt water shower, played cards, and ate sloppy joes for dinner. After dinner, Zack lost what are the odds and had to eat the last of the mashed potatoes. We all can’t wait for tomorrow!
Posted: Fri, Jun 16, 2017
Moko Jumbie Staff Update Day 1
Location: West End, Tortola
The crew of Moko Jumbie is extremely excited for the arrival of our shipmates. Weeks of preparation and training are about to lead into the best summer ever. Our boat is filled with food, PADI training manuals, and dive gear, and all that’s missing is our fourteen students. We can’t wait to see how our crew comes together to face the challenges and laughs that they will share along the way.
Here is an introduction to the crew of Moko Jumbie:
Davis- skipper/dive instructor
Davis graduated from Eckerd College in 2015 with a creative writing major and has spent his summers working at ActionQuest and teaching diving in the Bahamas. Since graduating he has spent more time diving in the Bahamas, as well as working on yachts and sailboats in the Caribbean and Florida.
Oscar- dive instructor/mate
Oscar is currently a college student at Kenyon college studying Modern Languages/Literature and Studio Art. He is fluent in English and French and is proficient in Mandarin Chinese. This coming fall Oscar will be studying Mandarin Chinese in Hangzhou, China, and in the Spring he will be studying in Montpellier, France. Oscar has been a shipmate with ActionQuest from 2010 – 2015 and has been staff since 2016.
Maddy- dive instructor/mate/WFR
Maddy grew up in Toronto, Canada. She now attends the University of British Columbia, where she studies applied biology with a focus on marine mammals. Despite her landlocked location, Maddy has loved the ocean and marine biology ever since she was a young girl and has been diving for as long as she can remember. She has had a fascination with marine mammals in particular ever since she visited family in South Africa when she was just 5 years old. Maddy is a qualified Open Water Scuba Instructor as well as a Wilderness First Responder. For several years she was a shipmate herself at ActionQuest and has developed a strong love and passion for the British Virgin Islands. When she is not scuba diving, she can be found skiing at Whistler in between classes or doing yoga with her friends.