BVI: Session 1 - Surprise
Posted: Wed, Jun 29, 2016
Day 15- The Longest (Best) Day Ever
Location: Sidney’s, Jost van Dyke
Today is potentially the best day at AQ. There are three main parts of this marvelous day: a hike, a sandcastle competition and food. First the hike. We woke up at about 6am and proceeded to eat a quick breakfast of cereal. Hugh won a food eating competition by devouring six bowls of cereal. Then we went to the dock for the hike. Connor and JJ stretched for the long journey ahead. Griffin decided to prepare by jamming to some hip hop. The hike started before we knew it. I was carrying our boat coconut named Wilson. As I was going up I saw Jared walking without shoes and I noted how awesome that was. After about an hour I made it up and I saw Jeff and Dylan sweating but with a smile on their face. After the best banana smoothies in the world we meandered our way down as a group. Although Jordan, Kelly and Hannah couldn’t make the hike, we saw them back on the boat. Next we went to and island called Sandy Cay. There we all worked together to build the awesomest of awesome sandcastles. It was dinghy featuring Katja as a mermaid. Hopefully we win that competition. Finally we made our way to Jost van Dyke where we are having a delicious BBQ dinner with music. Today was a long and awesome day. It never fails to constantly put a smile on all of our faces.
Posted: Tue, Jun 28, 2016
Day 14- Certification Day
Location: Cane Garden Bay, Tortola
We started off the day at Sommer’s Beach with oatmeal for breakfast. In Muskmelon Bay the divemasters led the open water students on their final dive, concluding their first scuba certification. Welcoming them to the big leagues, each individual was anointed into the PADI family with a safety sausage. Then once again we found ourselves underway to a new adventure with a new beginning. Sailing into Cane Garden Bay we were able to gander upon the great Mt. Sage, which we prepare to summit tomorrow morning. In the evening we had Thai peanut chicken and an exam. It was early lights out tonight.
Posted: Mon, Jun 27, 2016
Day 13- Just Another Chill Day In The BVI
Location: Sommer’s Beach, Tortola
The shipmates of Surprise awoke to Cha Cha’s raging tunes. 6:45 AM, a time I used to dread at home, was already filled with Disney music and the smell of breakfast. Jimmy and Jordan prepared us a delectable breakfast consisting of scrambled eggs and warm blueberry muffins. The relatively relaxing day was kicked off with “Reactivation Training. In the divemaster course we learn how to properly refresh certified divers that have not been in the water for a long time. Half the students pretending to not know how to scuba dive complete this series of drills. For example, Jules “accidentally” secured her tank upside down, but luckily Jared was able to fix the situation. Connor and Jimmy fell face first into the water because they “forgot” to step forward during the giant stride. Once in the water we were able to practice our instructor skills. After refreshing our “students” how to descend we made our way to the sandy ocean floor. Our 25 minute dive was full of endless shenanigans. Kelly held me down while Jules and Griffin stole the fins off of my feet. I then proceeded to run along the ocean, chasing after them. In that shallow dive we also practiced our bubble rings and tan cradles, laughs were shared and memories were created. After taking off our gear we helped the younger AQ students on the Vega trips get suited up for one of their last open water dives. While they were in the water, we prepared lunch and practiced our underwater map making skills. Although it may seem counter-intuitive, hot soup for lunch after a morning of diving is a perfect meal. It may have only taken 13 days, but the divemasters finally had enough free time to go wake boarding and waterskiing. Once the water was sufficiently shredded, we motored our catamaran to Sommer’s Beach for the annual AQ Beach BBQ. With bellies full and memories made, we headed off to sleep.
Posted: Sun, Jun 26, 2016
Location: Muskmelon Bay, Guana Island
This morning we got to sleep in- until 7am! Whilst the staff attended a morning meeting, we ate pancakes and then we cleaned the boat a bunch to “surprise” the staff on their return. Then we pulled up the anchor to head to the Dogs for scuba diving. The divemasters were assisting with student classes for their divemaster internship. We devoured homemade quesadillas for energy before sailing for Muskmelon Bay. We put away our sails due to lack of wind, which is kind of essential to sailing. After several failed attempts at securing an anchor in Muskmelon Bay, we sat down for an early dinner of chili and rice. Having finished our squeeze we are about to head over to dive side to lead some of their students on a night dive; we are excited!
Posted: Sat, Jun 25, 2016
Day 11- Surprise! We Made It Halfway Through!
Location: Marina Cay
We woke up at 6:45 and were in the water by 8 working on performing “demonstration quality” skills and in water rescues. We picked up anchor at 10 o’clock to head to port. On the way there Cha Cha surprised us with a stop at The Dogs for a dive. We stopped to pick up tanks, but due to a compressor malfunction there were no enough tanks available. Fortunately we are all “Surprisingly” good snorkelers and were able to still see the beautiful reef below. The next stop we made was to Trellis Bay to grab lunch and stock up on essentials like candy, soda, and cold water. After an hour of shore time enjoying the WiFi we headed to Marina Cay to fill up our fresh water tanks and top off the fuel in the dinghies. We dropped anchor and spent some time with Simon doing scuba theory review. Later, Katja and I headed out on a dinghy where I learned to drive while also picking up our coffee percolator and some new food. For dinner we had tortellini. During cleanup Jordan fell into the water while getting into a dinghy to help pick up fresh linens.