BVI: Session 1 - Mambo No 5

Posted: Mon, Jul 9, 2012

Staff Blog Day 21-A Mambo Reflection and Goodbye

Location: West End, Tortola
Author: Meg
So its been nearly 21 days (30,240 minutes) of new experiences and new friends. We started out in West End being strangers and trying to remember everyone’s name. Our boat had 4 Rescue students-Jamie, Yanni, Lindsey, and Mercy, who all became amazing rescue divers that can navigate anywhere underwater and use lift bags. They studied almost every night and practiced rescue skills everyday. However, there was always time for some fun diving, waterskiing, and relaxing in the Caribbean. Our Neptunes, Richard, Kate, Aaron, Duncan, and Eli, all successfully became advanced divers with a handful of specialties. They all went from being good divers to being amazing divers! Everyone of the them can name numerous fish species, and if you ever need to long line a dinghy or raise the main sail, they are the ones to call! The third group of students, Zac, Hailey, Christian, and Merlena, were the studious Dolphins. All of them worked so hard on researching parrotfish behavior. Their research was done by reading numerous marine biology books and by doing field research at many of our dive sites. They learned about underwater photography so they could include some amazing pictures in their work. Over the past three weeks we got to sail around the BVI’s. We saw Cooper Island, Jost van Dyke, Tortola, Salt Island, and Beef Island to name a few. No matter where we anchored they always seemed to be a sea turtle to greet us. And at these great locations came great dive sites; Alice in Wonderland and the Fearless. With all the diving we did I wouldn’t be surprised if some the shipmates started to develop gills! On a personal level, these past three weeks have been amazing for me as a staff member. I can’t honestly say anything bad about it. I got to live on board a huge catamaran with two other amazing staff member and 13 students who all made this a memorable trip. Each and every student brought a unique quality to the boat and by doing so allowed all of us to have some fun times! Baking cookies, fun dives, cooking meals, time ashore, learning new knots, sleeping under the stars, swimming with dolphins, sailing, winning a sand castle competition, belly flops off Blue Venture, and the list just goes on and on. I will miss each and every one of these students and I hope they leave the BVI full of smiles, laughter, and great memories. Thank you for reminding me why I love working for AQ! Keep on diving!

Posted: Sun, Jul 8, 2012

The Very Last Mambo

Location: West End, Tortola
Author: Marlena H.
The last day on Mambo No. Five was a hard one. We woke up early to say goodbye to a shipmate who had to leave early, Mercy, then sailed our way to the Indians for our last dive. The dive was absolutely gorgeous and so colorful. We even discovered a cave! After we ascended, we got pelted with food by our lovely staff members which made cleaning the boat a little bit harder. We sailed for the last time to West End where we cleaned our boat inside and out. After passing inspection we had 4 hours to relax and go to shore. Now we prepare for the last BBQ and closing night. Then we begin our journey home. Goodbye ActionQuest!

Posted: Sat, Jul 7, 2012

A Cat at a Turtle’s Pace

Location: The Bight, Norman Island
Author: Aaron H.
The now familiar Great Harbour, Peter sunrise warmed the deck of our trusty vessel on another beautiful BVI morning. After an early morning rescue diver scenario we motored to another fun dive on the Fearless. Under water, the toilet on the bow of the wreck got the most attention. The Sir Frances Drake Channel was speckled with sailboats as the crew guided Mambo to Road Town for our last “time ashore.” After exploring the largest city in Tortola, dive side participated in a race from Road Town to Norman Island. The cats were teaming through the water at blistering speeds doing 4 knots with winds barely cracking double digits. Despite the slow speeds, enthusiasm was high as Mambo finished second to Boss Lady. We lay our heads down with heavy hearts knowing we only have one more day to take in this beautiful landscape with the people we have have come so close to over the past three weeks.

Posted: Fri, Jul 6, 2012

Day 18

Location: Great Harbour, Peter Island
Author: Lindsey H.
We woke up pretty early today, then went sailing to Cooper Island where Rescue had a fun dive while Neptunes had their wreck dive. Dolphins stayed on the boat finishing up their projects for the presentation tonight. After lunch we all had another fun dive and Neptunes had another wreck dive. After all the diving we sailing back to GHP where the rest of the night was spent with free time or studying. We had the Triple Crown Contest with Blue Venture which was a spoonful of cinnamon, 6 saltine crackers, and drinking a cup of syrup. Mambo won once again! Tonight Dolphins had their presentations, Neptunes had their final quiz and Rescues had their exam. You can tell that its all coming to an end but we have all gotten really close and it has been so much fun!

Posted: Thu, Jul 5, 2012

More Victory for Mambo No Five!

Location: Great Harbour, Peter Island
Author: Duncan B.
I can tell the trip is coming to an close. First after breakfast we motored to West End, which is where the trip started. We spent some time in port there to pick up some more supplies. Then, after we were done there we went back to Great Harbour, Peter Island and dove a wreck that we didn’t get to dive before. It was a huge barge that was sitting on its side. A few others said they saw some awesome sea life. After was the biggest highlight of the day, the belly flop competition! We all got onto Blue Venture and tried to top each other with the better belly flop. Unfortunately for Blue Venture, I am a belly flopping pro and we won. Mambo is turning into one of the best boats, I don’t mean to brag though. This is the last time I will be able to post a skipper’s blog so on a personal not I would like to say that it has been loads of fun here and I will miss all of the friends I have made. Duncan B from Mambo No Five signing off.

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