BVI: Session 1 - Surprise

Posted: Tue, Jul 5, 2016

Staff Update Day 21

Location: West End, Tortola
Author: Simon, Chance, and Katja
As the vessel Surprise gently dances above the cool blue waves of the Caribbean, 14 students have wrapped up their first professional diving certification. It is quite a humbling experience as an instructor and staff member to see the transformation in each of them. Jeff and Dylan were the only new shipmates on board our boat and yet you couldnt even tell by how easily they took on different vessel responsibilities. We could always expect Hugh to be on turtle watch, while JJ would educate us on all the different kinds of ice cream (shout out to the J- Chillen Ice Cream truck). Griffin kept the music bumping while Connor kept the Disney throwback tunes flowing. Jared could always keep conversations interesting with depictions of his strange feelings towards Cephalopods. Jimmy always had his hands full, working like this was his job. You can always find Jordan and Jules to manage tank runs, while Caleigh and Hannah managed student divers on deck. Kelly always entertained us with her mermaid tail, while Emily kept us laughing with her infectious smile and laugh. We thank you for an amazing adventure. Surprise standing by, seven-two.

Posted: Mon, Jul 4, 2016

Day 20- Last Day Blues

Location: West End, Tortola
Author: Caleigh S.
Today is our last day onboard Surprise! It was a little sad waking up to that thought, but Cha Cha woke us up to our national anthem since today is Independence Day. We got cereal ready for breakfast and ate while Simon attended a skipper’s meeting. Once we returned and when we were done cleaning breakfast, we headed to the Indians to do one last final dive. When we splashed, JJ found a Frisbee that we threw underwater. Girls and guys went separate ways and the girls had a fun die to say the least. Jules even found an exoskeleton of a lobster, which was cool. Since today is the biggest boat BA day in the session, we all got started with cleanup as soon as we were back onboard. Emily and Hannah took over a full deckie job and Jordan scrubbed our heads. Today is very much meant for teamwork. We just barely docked and were almost done with cleanup. When we were done we’re gonna grab a quick lunch and enjoy our last afternoon together. Tonight we have a BBQ and our last dock chat with Mike. It’s so crazy to think an entire session has passed. We have all grown so close as a family and I know I’ll miss everyone on this boat. I’m so proud of all we have accomplished together. I’ll be cherishing all these last moments together. Thank you Surprise for the happiest memories.

Posted: Sun, Jul 3, 2016

Day 19- Surprise! We Are Divemasters!

Location: The Bight, Norman Island
Author: Jules R.

We woke up bright and early at 6:15 am to start to prepare for the crazy day ahead. We ate a breakfast of cereal as we motored from Great Harbor to the RMS Rhone wreck dive site. After breakfast we put out all the dive gear to prepare for all the divers wed be leading on dives. Up until this point we had all passed and completed everything we needed to become dive masters except to lead certified divers on a dive. By lunch time we had all successfully made it back to the boat and were then knighted by Simon with a blow up Spiderman hammer. As divemasters on the dive we all collectively saw barracuda, smooth trunk fish, trumpet fish and even a turtle. These past few weeks have been incredible. Weve all worked so hard to get where we are and were all so proud of what weve accomplished! See you all soon!

Posted: Sat, Jul 2, 2016

Day 18- Surprise! We’re Running Out Of Surprise Puns

Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
Author: Kelly L.
This morning started out great as I woke up to Disney music and the smell of pancakes. After breakfast we reviewed our divemaster exam with Simon, surprise, everyone passed! My shipmates and I celebrated with lunch and Gelato in Road Town. Upon returning to our boat, Chance surprised us with a dive on the Fearless! Emily and I had a blast exploring the wreck and posing on the toilet that still sits on the top of the deck. JJ pointed out two arrow crabs and we saw lots of sergeant majors, sea cucumbers and my personal favorite; feather duster worms! Griffin even found a huge lobster. Once we all returned to Surprise we anchored in Peter Island, where Chance hosted an epic belly flop contest. While many valiant competitors gave it their all, Connor prevailed. He is currently icing his chest and basking in the feeling of his victory. Tonight, we will enjoy breakfast for dinner and a movie as we near the end of our trip. Sail Cat Surprise standing by, seven-two.

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