BVI: Session 2 - Moko Jumbie
Posted: Mon, Jul 24, 2017
Today we woke up at Sandy Spit and got ready right away to motor-sail back to West End. During the sail, we studied for our Rescue diver exam. We got to West End and had two hours of shore time where I got gifts for my sisters with Harrison, Xavier, and Robert. After that, we got smoothies and walked back down the dock to our boat. When we got back to GHP in the afternoon, we had Big Blue so we went waterskiing, wakeboarding, and kneeboarding. Harrison, Paul, Maddie, and Hannah went first. I went next with Lauren, Chess, Kaleigh, and Moriah. Moriah’s knee boarded three times. Kaleigh went next and she got up for so long with a huge smile on her face. Chess went and was up for so long, she had Oscar cut the engine because she got so tired. Lauren also got to go for a while. I got thrown off the board three times in a row when I went. After watersports, we chilled and waited for Mike to come over. We then had cards night and now we are going for a night dive on the Fearless wreck!
Posted: Sun, Jul 23, 2017
Moko Jumbie Saves Lives
We started the day off with a french toast breakfast. We then motored to Green Cay where we set up our dive gear to complete a search and rescue dive to find two “lost divers” (30 lb dumbbell weights). After using lift bags to get Frank and Frank 2 our of the water, we all climbed onto the hardtop to take a nap in the Caribbean sun. Our nap was not long lasting, however, we woke up to Davis pointing out a passively panicked diver. This marked the start of our first rescue scenario. After two shipmates went to help him, he quickly turned into an actively panicked diver. He then informed us that he lost two other divers who were still underwater and were unresponsive. Two buddy groups set up dive gear quickly, but carefully, and hopped in. After the divers were brought to the surface, they were given rescue breaths while being towed back to the boat. After on the boat, they were given CPR and emergency oxygen. All three divers were taken care of. While there were many things to improve on, we all worked together and put our new knowledge together to fix the problem at hand. After such an eventful scenario, we took dinghies to dive the Playgrounds where two lionfish and a spotted eagle ray were seen. After the dive, we went to Sandy Spit to catch some beach time. It was an eventful day that made our already sore legs cry, but it was so cool to be able to watch Moko Jumbie save lives.
Posted: Sat, Jul 22, 2017
Week 2 ActionQuest BVI Video Update
Location: British Virgin Islands
It’s been another busy week in the BVIs for Team ActionQuest. Rescue Diver training and our Marine Bio course are in full force, most students are now certified scuba divers and many are working hard towards their IYT sailing certifications! Today over 200 members of Team AQ reached the summit of Mt. Sage, the highest point in the BVIs. We’re now well over half way through the trip and some of our students share what is important to them about their experience so far. #LifeActivated
Today is one of the most famous days of the ActionQuest summer program: the longest day. We started early at 6:30 am and made our way to the dock at Cane Garden Bay. We were briefed about the hike by Mike and off we went. The 8-mile hike was long but gorgeous with great views along the way. Once we made it to the top we signed our name in a record book and enjoyed some freshly made banana smoothies. After the refreshments, we headed down Mt. Sage to have some lunch and shore time in Cane Garden Bay. From here we headed back to the boat and motored over to Sandy Cay for a sand castle competition. The chilling water was well deserved and some of the boats created some masterpieces in the sand. After that, we motored to Sydney’s where we are currently waiting for the BBQ and I’m writing this to you. We are all having a great time and we are all extremely sad that the trip is quickly coming to an end!
Posted: Fri, Jul 21, 2017
One Test Down, One to Go
We began our day nice and early at Sommer’s Beach. We quickly motored over to Brewer’s Bay where we completed a training dive for our search and recovery specialty. For this dive, we descended in groups of four and were directed to find an object within our designated search area. Every group came up successful which was fantastic. After our first dive of the day, we studied for our EFR (Emergency First Responder) test later this afternoon. We took a break from our studying to eat Oscar’s famous quesadillas, which were delicious. After lunch, we geared up for our second dive of the day. For this dive, we moved to the outside of Brewer’s Bay to Shark Point. Because we worked so hard early in the trip, we now have lots of time for fun dives like this one. Many dive pairs saw nurse sharks, smooth trunkfish, and lots of unique coral formations. After we all got back to the boat (without getting lost) we broke down our gear. Some lucky shipmates were able to wakeboard and get joy rides in Big Blue (the biggest dinghy in the fleet). After all the fun we had we took our EFR test which everyone passed! Then we motored over to Cane Garden Bay to refill our water tanks and anchor for the night. After getting settled and eating dinner we have our oxygen provider practical with Amelia where we will learn to set up oxygen. We are all growing into a family and I am sad that the end is coming up so quickly. Today added multiple great memories to hold onto forever.