BVI: Session 3 - Aeolus
Posted: Tue, Aug 1, 2017
Second Day At Sea
Location: Savanna Bay, Virgin Gorda
It began by us all waking up very early in the morning. First the instructors of the boat Aeolus, which my and my crew were on. Everybody seemed to appear in a different mood. Some were bright and up about helping the instructors with what they asked, while others were slower to get out of bed and prepare for the long day ahead. When everybody finished up their required basic assigned jobs it was time to set sail into the waters of the British Virgin Islands. On this trip, I was assigned captain of the boat. At first, it was a bit of a challenge figuring out how to control and steer the boat and what operated what. I was shown by the instructors how to work/operate the boat. I still did not get it. It was not until a long time of mistakes before I finally grasped the concept, but then I got it. That was awesome in the sense that I thought I could master the concepts and when I figured it out I felt as if I were a king sailing with my crewmates through an endless voyage of undiscovered territory/area. date: Jul 31, 2017
Posted: Sun, Jul 30, 2017
Aoelus Staff Update – Day 1
The final session of the summer is about to get underway and the staff team of Aeolus is excited for her last adventure of the summer. Jay and Maddy, our dive instructors living onboard with us this session, are itching to splash our new students and spend some time beneath the waves. On the surface of the water, our sailing instructor and skipper Ian is excited to ply the waters of the Sir Francis Drake Channel and throw up all the canvas Aeolus will bear. It’s been a beautiful summer so far with warm winds and sunny skies followed by cool nights under a blanket of stars. We are so excited for our Aeolusians to arrive and begin a new adventure here in the BVI.
Here is an introduction to the crew of Aeolus:
Ian has been a member of the GXG team since his first summer program in 2013. He studied Ocean Engineering at the University of Rhode Island and volunteered as an EMT on campus. Following his lovely graduation ceremony, he made his way down to the British Virgin Islands and had one of the greatest summers of his life. From there, he returned home to Newton, Massachusetts and began working as an EMT for an ambulance service operating in the New England area. Over the next two years, Ian would return to the BVI for the summer program and then return home to work on ferries or as an EMT. In October of 2015, Ian began working for Team GXG full time and has spent the last 2 years working on Argo, Ocean Star, and AQ programs. He recently earned his offshore Master of Yachts 200-ton license and will be putting it to good use this season. Ian is most excited for the months to come: it’s going to be a great summer!
Jay- dive instructor/mate
Jay was born and raised in Athens, GA where he grew up miles from the sea. Throughout his childhood he was frightened of the ocean; what lay beneath the surface. That all changed in 2007 when he had the opportunity to get scuba certified. In 2012 he became a scuba instructor and has led trips to places like the Bahamas, Cozumel, and the Cayman Islands. He was a summer camp counselor for 6 years at the YMCA, where he had fun painting himself green for the kids. Jay graduated from the University of North Georgia with a Management degree, hoping to one day open a dive shop in the Caribbean. In his spare time, you’ll find Jay hiking, camping, mincing garlic, and playing the didgeridoo. He is excited to get back on the water and share his passion for the underwater world with all the shipmates!
Maddy- dive instructor/mate
Maddy grew up in Toronto, Canada. She now attends the University of British Columbia, where she studies applied biology with a focus on marine mammals. Despite her landlocked location, Maddy has loved the ocean and marine biology ever since she was a young girl and has been diving for as long as she can remember. She has had a fascination with marine mammals in particular ever since she visited family in South Africa when she was just 5 years old. Maddy is a qualified Open Water Scuba Instructor as well as a Wilderness First Responder. For several years she was a shipmate herself at ActionQuest and has developed a strong love and passion for the British Virgin Islands. When she is not scuba diving, she can be found skiing at Whistler in between classes or doing yoga with her friends.