BVI: Session 3 - Odyssea
Posted: Wed, Aug 3, 2011
Rough Seas and Landsickness!
After a long night punctuated by bouts of rain an extra hour of sleep started the day off right. After breakfast the Dolphin crew enjoyed our first photography dive. At the same time the experienced Neptunes dove the wreck of the Fearless. After a brisk sail to Cooper Island we all enjoyed a classy meal a the local resort. After swaying around the resort with systems of landsickness we returned to the boat and sailed to Mountain Point to prepare for our first night dives.
Posted: Tue, Aug 2, 2011
Research and Deep Diving
We woke up around 7 this morning to clouds and wind. It rained twice by the time we finished breakfast. After we finished cleaning we all got ready for our dives. Dolphins went on a research dive and Neptunes went on a deep dive. After everyone returned we started sailing towards Road Town, our first visit to the islands so far. The seas were rough but luckily it was a short ride. On the way there we thoroughly cleaned the boat and took showers. We spent two hours at Road Town, going our separate ways to get lunch and some snacks for the boat. We then sailed back to where we started our day, Great Harbor, Peter Island. We spent the rest of the night relaxing.
Posted: Mon, Aug 1, 2011
A Great Day
Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
Today was a very long day with many activities. To start off we woke up and within 2 hours we were preparing for the underwater naturalist dive. This dive was super fun because we got to see a wide variety of different fish and plants. The best part of the dive was when we went through a cave enclosure and saw a bunch of fish surrounding the walls. After we surfaced we immediately set sail. We sailed around the corner to a plane which was wrecked on purpose for a movie. This dive was technical because were around 65 feet down. Once we got to the bottom it was a short swim to the plane. It was amazing! The whole plane was intact except for the wings. We were all able to swim through it. All kinds of coral were growing inside it and the color combinations were amazing. Once we swam through we were permitted to break off the group with our buddy and explore. We saw a sting ray. After the dive Meghann started to bake some brownookies (brownie/cookies) and they tasted awesome. We then headed to Great Harbor where we anchored down and had dinner. Meghann also cooked which was greatly appreciated. We are now headed to a lecture for tomorrow’s dive. That ends the day. Today was awesome!
Posted: Sun, Jul 31, 2011
We had a nice early start today with all our alarms going off together. I went for an early swim and we then had breakfast. We then had a talk with all the Dolphins, learning about the tides, wave formations, and about navigation underwater. With all of the exciting stuff out of the way we all kitted up and hit the water. The dive was pretty awesome and I got to hold a hermit crab in my hand that was less than an inch long while Jamie noted it down for our fish ID project. When we surfaced we quickly changed and we were off motoring on to the next dive site. A wreck! Half the way there we raised our sails and made quick progress while some of us had a nice snooze in the sun. The second dive site was pretty wavy so we quickly got in the water. This dive was awesome! We were going around a 100 year old wreck with a massive propeller. This was also my deepest dive as of yet getting up to 70 feet! In addition to the wreck there were bucket loads of different fish and plants/coral. After the dive we had quite a long sail to where we are staying for the night, where we had our second snooze in the sun of the day! We had a nice swim and a shower and a laugh watching the chefs cook dinner. One of the funniest parts of the day was rapping this blog while Kris laid down a beat and Meghann danced!
Posted: Sat, Jul 30, 2011
Finally Off the Dock
I got up at 6 to wake up the crew. A few more shipmates arrived last night but we’re still missing 3 of them. We had cereal for breakfast and then the entire program got together for a dock chat with Mike that basically introduced us all to AQ. After about a half an hour on shore we set sail for Peter Island. I was on the helm for the entire day and it was so much fun. Meghann taught everyone the basic knots and Kris gave a short sail chat. The sail was a couple hours long and consisted of us tacking many times through the channel. When we arrived at Peter Island we received our last 3 shipmates and did a checkout dive to review all the skills we learned in our open water course. After surfacing we swam and took our first salt water showers while our chefs cooked sloppy joes, mashed potatoes, and salad for dinner. It was delicious! We’re all about to go over to Panasea for an orientation with all the dive side boats. Can’t wait to see what we do tomorrow!