BVI: Session 2 - Catalinaville
Posted: Sat, Jul 9, 2016
Location: Savanna Bay, Virgin Gorda
Today we started off with yummy yogurt parfait and cereal and then we set off for Cooper Island. After tacking back and forth for a long time, we finally ended up in a beautiful little bay off Cooper Island. There we dove Blue Chromis reef, which is famous for its Blue Chromis fish, hence the name. We also dove the kissing wrecks, which are two boats, which are leaning towards each other. Going to about 80 feet, we saw barracuda, hogfish, blue chromis, squirrelfish, etc. After the dive, we had a nice, relaxing sail to Savannah Bay. During which, we ate peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Once we got to Savannah Bay, we met up with all of the other AQ boats and then started to shower. Dinner was delicious pasta and Alfredo with cake!
Posted: Fri, Jul 8, 2016
Day 2 – A Dive Into AQ 2016
Location: White Bay, Peter Island
Hungry for dock liberation, the already close crew of Catalinaville jumped with joy to the waves we so eagerly awaited. Following a morning of formalities, we enjoyed the mind in our hair and sails. A quick trip to Peter Island previewed the placid setting for our first five and night off the dock. The dive, a review of skills to ensure that our excitement didn’t overwhelm our strong diving backgrounds, was a chance to enjoy the majestic blue water, The dive also marked the first underwater bondings between newfound dive buddies, While the experience of hosting an imaginary car race underwater inevitably led to unanimous laughs. I am sure it is just one of many memorable moments to come. An already family-like crew aboard Catalinaville now relaxes to the sunset, anxious to continue the fun of an incredible experience.
Posted: Thu, Jul 7, 2016
Staff Update Day 1
Location: West End, Tortola
The crew of Catalinaville is extremely excited for the arrival of our shipmates! Having completed session one, we are so excited for our next group of students. Our boat is filled with water food and PADI books. Dive gear and PFDs are on board. All that’s missing is our 14 students and we couldn’t be more excited.
Here is an introduction to the crew of Catalinaville:
Emelia: Skipper/Dive Instructor
Born and raised in Washington, DC, Emelia started with ActionQuest in 2008 as a shipmate. She decided AQ was the place to be and returned as a student for the next six summers, eventually joining the staff team as a Divemaster in 2013. Emelia is now a PADI scuba instructor and holds her 200 ton Master of Yachts certification. Outside the AQ universe Emelia studies anthropology and biology full time at the University of San Diego, where she also trains and performs as an aerial acrobat in a local circus.
Davis: Dive Instructor/Mate
Davis grew up in Atlanta, Georgia, where he learned to dive at a young age with his father and brother. Knowing he loved adventure, he spent a lot of time torn between diving and rock climbing, his other passion. But, after gaining his Rescue Diver certification through ActionQuest in 2009, he realized his love for the water swamped that of the mountains and went on to become a dive instructor in 2012. Davis recently graduated from Eckerd College and hopes to continue working as a dive instructor in his time in between summers at ActionQuest.
Adam: Dive Instructor/Medic/Mate
Adam is from Scarsdale, NY and came to ActionQuest as a shipmate in 2011. He immediately fell in love with diving, sailing and the BVI and subsequently returned every summer, working his way up through the Divemaster level. Adam is now a Dive Instructor, EFR Instructor and an instructor of numerous PADI specialties, and holds a Wilderness First Responder certification. During the year, Adam is studying biology and is pre-med at Washington University in St. Louis. There, he is on the sailing team, conducts biology research and helps plan concerts, comedy shows, and other large events on campus.