BVI: Session 2 - Moko Jumbie
Posted: Tue, Jul 11, 2017
Rescue Exercise #1
Today we woke up about an hour later than all other dive side boats and 30 minutes after all sail side boats. We had eggs for breakfast and since they were so good, Harrison is the egg chef from now on. Then we motored to the Sand Circles to do our navigation dive. During our square pattern, Harrison and I got surrounded by Vegas and had to awkwardly swim free of all of the new divers. We got out and took a break for a bit and learned different tow methods for panicked and tired divers. We hopped in and pushed each other around in a cluster then we got out and motored back to Savanna Bay while working on knowledge reviews. After we got back, everyone hung out. Soon Harrison and I went swimming with Peligrino (our inflatable turtle). We then talked and all ate granola for a while. We had chili for dinner and squeezed. All in all, it was a great day from the extra sleep to the chili dinner.
Posted: Mon, Jul 10, 2017
Sunsets and Sailing
After waking up to Justin Beiber, we ate a gourmet yogurt and bagel breakfast and then sailed to Blue Chromis Reef to do our first fun dive as the Moko Jumbie rescue crew. During the dive, shipmates spotted pufferfish, feather duster worms, and even a spotted moray eel. After surfacing, we ate PB&J sandwiches as the tanks were being filled. With full tanks, we sailed to Savanna Bay where we anchored and went for a swim with Pelegrino, the giant inflatable turtle. After that, Alfredo was made for dinner and a beautiful sunset that looked like a sunset out of the Lion King cast it’s rays over us as we did our squeeze. Overall, today was a knowledge review and fun filled day of sailing and diving.
Posted: Sun, Jul 9, 2017
First Day on the Water
Today’s morning was an early one. We all woke up to Alisa’s wonderful music at 6:30 am and spent the first couple of hours drying off from the wet night and getting ready for the water. After that, it was time for the famous dock talk with the director of AQ. However, because of the rain, it turned into a meeting upstairs in the restaurant. Despite the location change, the talk went perfectly as always. We learned all the safety procedures. It was the departure time from the dock. All the students headed back to their boats and we took to the water. We left the dock at 10:30 and the sails were up at 11:00 am. The trip to White Bay took a couple of hours with the sun out the entire way. Once we arrived on Peter Island, we went through some more safety information for the trip and then we were totally able to hop in the water. The refreshment was necessary with the heat here, we were all extremely relieved. After we passed our swim test, it was time for our check-out dive. The dive consisted of a reminder of all of the important skills for diving. We all passed fine and there were no problems! After the dive, we all showered and got some well-needed rest. The last hours of the day were spent hiding from the sun and eating dinner. We are all really excited for this session and the dives to come!
Posted: Sat, Jul 8, 2017
Moko Jumbie Staff Update Day 1
Day 1 of this summers second session is finally here. The staff are all so excited for the three-week long adventure that is about to begin. For the past few days, the entire ActionQuest staff has been working tirelessly in order to prepare the fleet for the upcoming session. Moko Jumbie, our home for the next few weeks, has been stuffed to the gills with food, water, and fuel in preparation for our students arrival. We cannot express how excited we are to sail away on our next adventure with a whole new group of incredible students!
Here is an introduction to the crew of Moko Jumbie:
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.
Alisa was raised in North Florida and has never been far from the water. She was a competitive swimmer for nine years and has been diving since she was sixteen. Her passion for scuba and the undersea world has only increased over the years. Alisa studied ecotourism in college and became a PADI scuba instructor in 2014. When shes not in the water, her hobbies include being around food as much as possible and having a near-unhealthy obsession with Harry Potter. She enjoys engaging with people and teaching and encouraging people to love the water and its inhabitants as much as she does! This is her third year working with the ActionQuest family and she is more than excited to continue this adventure!