BVI: Session 3 - Panasea
Posted: Mon, Aug 8, 2011
Navigation, Rescue, and Search and Recovery.
Location: Muskmelon Bay, Guana
Today we went diving 3 times, well really 2 because one was at the surface. We went to an island that was right around the corner. We stayed there the whole day. In the morning we did waterskiing and I almost stood up! And we went to hike a lot of rocks and caves. It was amazing and we had a lot of visibility underwater and we saw a lot of jellyfish. These were moon jellies. We had an awesome day!
Posted: Sun, Aug 7, 2011
A Very Rewarding Day
Location: Marina Cay
Today we woke up bright and early for our longest and most vigorous rescue training so far. We made and ate breakfast as quickly as possible while sailing to our dive site. We needed to get a shallow dive site as our rescue training involved equipment removal and as we are not yet certified rescue divers, needless to say, dropped equipment was inevitable. We began by learning and practicing how to surface an unresponsive diver. The underwater session went by quickly and upon surfacing we began practicing how to tow an unresponsive diver. The current was strong and there was a lot to remember, so the dive lasted around three hours, but I am proud to say that after those three hours everyone of us could perfectly and successfully rescue an unresponsive diver. After the dive we had a short sail to Trellis Bay for some time in port and a chance to try the legendary (and very creatively named) “awesome sandwich.” I’m not sure exactly how “awesome” the sandwich was but after our morning it was nice to have a good meal and a few hours to relax. When we got back on the boat we had a very short sail to Marina Cay where we moored for dinner and where we are going to spend the night. The day was difficult but very rewarding and a lot of fun! I’m sure we’ll sleep well tonight.
Pillsburry Dough Boy
Location: Muskmelon Bay
Today was a very action packed day. We started the day off with delicious pancakes which were fluffy and delicious. I dropped a plate into the water during clean-up and had to jump into retrieve it while the seagulls began approaching the boat for the leftover food. With the sun blazing we began our long and relaxing sail to the Chickuzen ship wreck. This was a Korean refrigerator ship that sank in the middle of the ocean in the BVI. It is very remote and a mere set of coordinates that are quite challenging to find. The Chickuzen wreck is one of the most anticipated dives during the whole session: it’s in the open water so possible sightings include sharks, rays, eels, and huge schools of fish. We saw an incredibly large ray, big snapper, and a school of fish cascading across the side of the sunken ship, starting at 30 feet and plummeting to 70 feet. Once of ActionQuest’s dive masters in training dove it with us too. Getting out of the water was a big challenge as the waves smashed, crashed, and hit us. Despite being tired, we were satisfied with the amazing dive. We then ate lunch (chicken salad), sailed to Muskmelon Bay, took our showers in the ocean so we could conserve water, and just finished eating our dinner of chili. Now everybody is cleaning up as the sun sets. We also got our laundry back today (yay! Warm clothes!) And we tried the BVI’s special XXX Calypso hot sauce. It was a fun day and I can’t wait for tomorrow! Also we found out that when we tickle Matt he laughs like the Pillsbury Dough Boy.
Posted: Sat, Aug 6, 2011
Great, Fun Day!
Location: Great Dog
Today we woke up at Vixen Point and we had cereal for breakfast. Then we went to the beach and did water sports (pico, windsurf, ect.). Also we went to do waterskiing. The kneeboarders and waterskiers had lots of fun for a couple hours. After that we had grilled cheese for lunch. Then we sailed to Seal Dog Island where we went diving. We did a recreational dive on our own. We dove to a depth of 70 feet for 35 minutes. We saw a lobster and some arrow crabs while diving. Sam and Marina saw three lionfish and some squid. Then we sailed for 20 minutes to get to Great Dog Island. We had chicken salad and risotto for dinner. During clean up we started making some really weird noises and we all laughed.
Posted: Thu, Aug 4, 2011
First Aid and CPR
Location: Vixen Point, Prickly Pear
After the massive wake-up, music played and we woke up and brushed our teeth, everybody was still half asleep and forgot to have breakfast, but it was cool as we all had apples and pears and BANANAS! I do love bananas. For our third rescue dive we practiced how to help panicked and overexerted divers underwater. Then we managed to preform a missing diver (a missing scuba tank) search which was very successful. We managed to recover the tank in 10 minutes! We all set of to Leverick Bay to replenish ourselves and our boats. I’m in a gorgeous resort in Leverick Bay we all ate some delicious burgers and grilled mahi sandwiches and stocked up in snacks and water bottles. Two hours later we sailed off to Vixen Point, where a CPR and first aid course was arranged. It was an interesting lesson in which we learned how to raise the likeliness of the survival rate of a person who has endured an emergency situation by cardiac and pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and other methods. To end the day we are going to eat burgers and hot dogs and dance at our beach party in Vixen Point.