BVI: Session 2 - Panasea
Posted: Tue, Jul 19, 2011
Over and Over Again
Location: Somer’s Beach, Tortola
Today we got to sleep in and wake up to a great breakfast of scrambled eggs and blueberry muffins. We motored over to Sommer’s beach and did our navigation dive. Everyone finished except two students but they’ll get another chance soon. We all still had an awesome time. One of the highlights of the trip then happened when I learned how to start the compressor while I was getting ready for the dance. We had an awesome beach BBQ and went back to the boat afterwards to watch our oxygen video and we went to bed. Your friend, your family, your skipper.
Posted: Mon, Jul 18, 2011
The Calm After the Storm
Location: Muskmelon Bay, Guana Island
We woke up and made the rest of our bread into french toast. Once breakfast was done a couple people from Odyssea came over along with two instructors. We then began our sail to the Chikuzen. The sail was about two hours long and it was fairly good weather until the end of our sail. Then the clouds approached and waves grew taller. After Sam had secured the lines for the other boats we went down as three groups. The Chikuzen is a massive wreck that sits at the bottom around 77 feet. Many people saw several eagle rays. There were tons of barracuda. Even though the visibility was low it was still an amazing dive. Once we surfaced we noticed the waves had picked up. Everyone exited carefully. Once everyone was back onboard it started to swell. A few people went out to playing the rain. Once the storm had passed we started for a sail to Muskmelon Bay. Another long sail back was filled with many people napping exhausted from the dive. At Muskmelon we anchored. Just after that someone noticed something at the surface. A dolphin! In a flash some of us were in the water with our masks. It was probably the coolest even anyone could ever hope for. It was so close! This was the first time that some people had ever even seen a dolphin. We had a huge boat appreciation by cleaning everything. Then we ate chili and rice. Now we are sipping tea before our DAN Oxygen video. All in all its been a great day. Signing out, your friend, your family, your skipper.
Posted: Sun, Jul 17, 2011
A ZigZag in Time
Location: Marina Cay
This morning we had pancakes with different shapes. Then off we went to drop off everyone’s dirty linens off and pick up clean new ones for the entire fleet. But sailing and a short attention span results in a zigzag sailing pattern which I must say isn’t the fastest way to get from A to B. After that Whale Rock it was! Solo dive against a pretty strong current but pretty amazing none the less. Trellis Bay was next. There we were given time on shore to do what us teenagers do best: eat. Back on the boat we competed in a pull-up competition in which Sam won (duh!) followed by a wrestling match between Bubbles and him. As usual music was playing and people were dancing. In a few minutes we will squeeze then go on last for the Jim Tuman tape with the other boats. Should be fun! Signing out, your friend, your family, your skipper.
Posted: Sat, Jul 16, 2011
Does Anyone Need Rescuing?
Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
As I sit here writing this blog, at least 10 different flies have found their way over to my bare skin. Anyways, today was a very productive day of saving lives. Teaming up with your offspring we spent all day learning to perform rescue breathing while towing. As a sailing enthusiast I’m a little sad that we stayed in GHP (Great Harbor, Peter Island) all day, so I’m currently in the act of convincing Sam to let me take Rescue (our dinghy) out for a spin. That would make this long day much better. Rescue is Sam’s boat that’s the second fastest in AQ. However we learned a lot of valuable information about saving lives, which is now a part of our daily lives. Signing out, your friend, your family, your skipper.
Posted: Fri, Jul 15, 2011
Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
Today we had an early start to go dive the Rhone. We started with the story of the wreck. It was said that the Rhone was escaping a hurricane and drifted into the rocks. While the ship was sinking the crew tied the passengers to the bunks to keep everyone from panicking. So when you dive the Rhone it is said you can hear the dead souls. The water was crystal clear for our amazing dive. After we sailed around the corner to hike Salt Island. Every year the queen of England gets a pound of salt from salt island. Later we sailed back to Great Harbor, Peter Island and we did rescue training. Sam surprised us with a pre-training scenario and we saved a scuba tank. We saved the tank in 7 minutes. Along with our scenario we did underwater rescue training for panicked divers. Later we had dinner with Mike’s wife, Jo, and their son, Kai. All in all it was a great day, great weather. Signing out, your friend, your family, your skipper.