BVI: Session 2 - Panasea

Posted: Thu, Jul 14, 2011

VISAR’s Milk and Cookies

Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
Author: Melanie W.
A late wake up this morning was a great way to start off. Everyone was kind of out of it due to our hard core dancing last night. We made our way to GHP (Great Harbor, Peter) which took quite a long time due to absolutely no wind. We encountered some music issues…since the boys were set on playing their own, meanwhile skipper has the first choice. Once we reached our destination, we ate lunch and then got ready for our second search and recovery dive. We practiced the expanding square search formation to recover a weight belt and lift it back to the surface. For the rest of the day we worked on our next knowledge review to continue our rescue diver training. Then we cleaned up our boat because we were having some visitors: VISAR (Virgin Island Search And Rescue). The VISAR team did a small demonstration for an emergency. Justin was the “injured one” and was strapped down for a rescue! Chadd and Alex helped and were able to get the first ride on the awesome rescue boat with 450 horse power engine. Everyone got a chance to go on a ride with the team. It was amazing! “It was like a roller coaster!” exclaimed Bubbles (Becca). After VISAR left dinner was ready. Mexican Night! Everyone stuffed their faces and were extremely satisfied. Before watching the next rescue video we took showers in the dark water where the scary barracudas lurked. The best way to end the day was with a glass of fresh milk and delicious cookies left from our VISAR friends. Thank you VISAR!

Posted: Wed, Jul 13, 2011

Dancing on the Beach

Location: Vixen Point, Prickly Pear
Author: Chadd P.
Today we started with french toast. After eating we motored to Leverick Bay where it was required to a bowline knot (something people failed with during our training dive earlier) before we could go on shore. Once on shore we went out to eat and once again purchased mass amounts of food. At 1:30 everybody returned to the boat for a short motor to Vixen Point. Once there Aaron from the boat Manic Compression came to our boat for a 2 hour crash course in CPR and First Aid. After that everybody coordinated our outfits to all white with sailor hats on head we made our way out to shore for the dance.

Posted: Tue, Jul 12, 2011

Hey Soul Sister

Location: Mountain Point, Virgin Gorda
Author: Isi
Hello, Isi here, the only English presence amongst hundreds of Americans. We started this morning early and I took the helm surrounded by my trusted crew. We sailed the seven seas until at last we reached “The Dogs” and dove on a plane wreck. Next stop was the Chimneys dive site, obviously the best as it is Melanies and my favorite. We set sail with our engines back to Mountain Point. Upon arrival we snorkeled our dive dive site to ensure it was safely safe. We discovered a cove where some climbed the rocks pretending to be Bear Grylls. The other boys jumped off a rock into the water. After some successful waterskiing, we had supper and got ready for our night dive. I should be in the water now, my buddy Emelia is calling for me. One more thing-my happy song was played every hour, on the hour, the whole day as part of my skipper rule. It was banned by 5 o’clock.

Posted: Mon, Jul 11, 2011

Hogfish Clouds

Location: Mountain Point, Virgin Gorda
Author: Emelia
“I’ve got chills, they’re multiplying!” Sorry I was singing and didn’t see you there. Anyways, today we went to the Baths. We went running alongside the sea and jumping off rocks into the ocean. Once we were done frolicking in the ocean, we sailed to Spanish Town. Today we learned that PFD stands for personal flotation device. Later this afternoon, Chance caught a rather large jellyfish in a bucket and our bucket was quite tiny. After everyone had poked the jelly a few times we decided to set our new pet free. He just sorta floated with the current after being dumped. We all hope such a majestic jelly as he is still alive and exploring the vast ocean. This evening we watched a movie for our search and recovery specialty. The soundtrack was incredibly epic and the acting was truly Oscar worthy. The film brought us all to tears….Oh, by the way. We also spotted a miraculous entity in the sky: a hogfish cloud.

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