BVI: Session 2 - Catalinaville

Posted: Mon, Jul 25, 2016

Live From The Field

Location: The Bight, Norman Island
Author: Jacob N.
We were awoken earlier than usual by our code word “Abdiro” being shouted by Adam; the signal that a rescue scenario was taking place. After a successful rescue and a debrief, we sat down to a breakfast of cereal. After cleanup we sailed over for a fun dive on a site called “The Painted Walls”. We quickly exited the water and broke down our gear for the sail to Road Town, but before we set off we were given the results of our rescue diver tests. We stepped off the boat in Road Town, proud of our new qualification, and sat down to a relaxed lunch. There was not time for rest however, as the race to “The Bight” was about to begin. An intense sail with loud music and focus from everyone only earned us 4th place, but this did not detract from the excitement that had filled the day. After arriving at “The Bight” we had some much needed freshwater showers. Before dinner, the staff left for a meeting before returning to share dinner with us. It’s quite clear that our new status as rescue divers has sunk in, and we feel that we are able to cope with the responsibility that the qualification brings.

Posted: Sun, Jul 24, 2016

Day 18 – Stingray Central

Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
Author: Jackson L.
Our instructors woke us up this morning after giving us a few extra minutes of rest. We had a quick breakfast then we started our sail to Cooper Island. We dropped anchor and prepped our gear to dive the “Kissing Wrecks. After descending, Alex, Robby and I broke off from the main group to check out the wreck. Little did we know, we were about to swim through a stingray cleaning station. Shortly after hitting the wreck, Alex grabbed my arm and began pointing at a patch of sand. As I got closer, trying to see what he was pointing at, a two and a half foot wide stingray emerged, shook the sand off and swam away. We started to follow it, but turned around to check out more of the wreck. On our way, we spooked another, slightly smaller ray. The three of us stopped and scanned our surroundings. We all saw more than a dozen sets of eyes sticking out of the sand. We spent the rest of our dive swimming around, stirring up 18 stingrays, ranging from a measly 2 ft. wide small ray to the massive 6ft wingspan of the largest ray at the wrecks. After a quick surface interval to pump tanks, we were back in the water to dive the Blue Chromis Reef. Robby, Alex and I spent the dive ninja fighting with our fins and ensuring we weren’t lost. We came up and started studying for our rescue test. Then the compressor shut off and we heard “Abdiro!” ring out. Time for another scenario. We immediately enacted our training. We handled each diver appropriately and completed the scenario with only a few bumps along the way. Then we picked up anchor and motored back over to GHP. We had breakfast for dinner as we watched one of my favorite sunsets in the BVI. All in all, it was one of the best days of the trip!

Posted: Sat, Jul 23, 2016

Day 17 – Best Birthday Ever!

Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
Author: Morgan K.
So I’m gonna write a little more about me. Today was my 16th birthday and it was probably the most perfect day. I was the last one to wake up so I woke up to a happy birthday banner and the whole boat singing happy birthday. We then motored to West End where we ate and shopped for a few hours around noon. We then motored to the Fearless wreck where we had a really great and relaxing dive. The only thing we had to watch out for was the infamous fire coral. After that we had a few hours to relax where we proceeded to cover ourselves in flash tattoos. Then we had Mexican food and set up for our very first night dive of the session. After, we had birthday cake, and overall, it was just a perfect day!

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