BVI: Session 2 - Catalinaville
Posted: Mon, Jul 18, 2016
Day 12 – Chikuzen Accompanied By Jacob’s Tunes
Location: Muskmelon Bay, Guana Island
Pancakes, a shipwreck and Jacob’s tunes made today great. We started with pancakes drowned in maple syrup, accompanied with heavenly pink lemonade. It was divine! Shortly after our breakfast, we saw a huge stingray and Christmas tree worms. The dive was quite deep and the current was relatively rough. After another long sail and lunch, we arrived in Muskmelon Bay. Accompanied by Mike we proceeded to have dinner and do our O2 lecture. All-round, we had a rockin’ day!
Posted: Sun, Jul 17, 2016
Day 11 – Independant Dive
Location: Marina Cay
Today was an amazing day at ActionQuest for the rescue group. We started the day with a hearty breakfast of cereal. After breakfast, we motored to the wreck of the Fearless, but much to our disappointment, we had to change plans and go back to GHP. Luckily, the dive was amazing and we had a great time diving together. It was especially fun because it was our first dive that we led by ourselves using natural navigation. During the dive, we saw barracuda and tarpon. After the dive, we motored to Road Town. At Road Town, we were able to eat lunch and call home to our parents and friends. After lunch, we went back to the cat and ended the day at Marina Cay where we joined the rest of the fleet for a lifeworks forum.
Posted: Sat, Jul 16, 2016
Day 10 – Boatsgiving
Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
Today started off with the much anticipated breakfast burritos aided with beautiful blueberry muffins. What a great way to start and action packed day! After breakfast, it was time to ship off our dirty clothes to the much-needed laundry. As soon as the last laundry bag disembarked, sun cream was lathered on and we stepped into our fins to begin the first training dive of the day. This consisted of a scenario of recovering an unresponsive diver from the seabed and retrieving them to the surface, which was a lot of fun! A delicious lunch of cheese and toast was served as the last divers hopped out of the water. In the afternoon, training dive two began, meaning we had to deal with an unresponsive diver at the surface, following tricky steps consisting of giving rescue breaths through a pocket mask and towing them to the boat. This was definitely our most challenging and frustrating dive yet. Nevertheless, it definitely increases the majority of the groups diving skills and was a lot of fun too! The evening began wit a delicious Boatsgiving meal, which was the highlight of the day for many. Overall, this was a fantastic day and was topped off by a movie night a glorious brownies.
Posted: Fri, Jul 15, 2016
Day 9 – Lasagna!
Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
This morning we awoke to the beautiful sound of our staff members yelling “Lasagna. After groggily walking into the galley, there was a table full of oatmeal to greet us. We ate and cleaned breakfast quickly so that we could begin our sail to the RMS Rhone. Eagerly, after arriving we began to set up our dive gear on the choppy sea. Our dive was full of beautiful aquatic life. Isa counted 53 squirrelfish, Stefan saw a turtle, Robbie saw a lobster and we all got to experience a spectacular swim through. To continue the wonderful day we next motored over to Salt Island for a short hike and history lesson about this island. We returned to our boat, Catalinaville, for some Tuscan white bean soup, which enjoyed while taking a long sail over to GHP. Most of us enjoyed a long nap on our way over but we awoke to the news of our first scenario. It was our job to search and rescue a missing diver (aka a kettle bell named thirty) We began by creating a great plan to have three dive and snorkel teams swim our and make u-shaped patterns over a 300ft area. Despite having a great plan, the execution was not flawless, but its okay. You win some, and you lose some. Net time will go better. We recovered from the rough scenario by having a solid jam session and a dinner with Sam. Now we’re starting our final rescue knowledge review!
Posted: Thu, Jul 14, 2016