BVI: Session 1 - Squeaky Brat
Posted: Thu, Jun 16, 2016
Day 2- Strangers Become New Friends
Location: The Bight, Norman Island
The day started around 5 o’clock this morning when an unsuspected cold breeze woke up most of the people who were sleeping on the deck in hammocks. We talked while waiting for the rest of the crew to wake up, and then ate a variety of cereals along with fruit for breakfast. After we cleaned the dishes, the director of AQ, Mike, explained to the whole program the basics of the trip and how to make it as memorable as possible. That took and hour, and then we shopped at the local grocery store for snacks! Yummy Oreos, chips, and more cereals now fill the extra galley storage compartment. Energy built as we all eagerly boarded our boats to head to the Caves on Norman Island. The sail over there was beautiful and took about 2 1/2 hours. Once there, we lathered on sunscreen, hopped in the turquoise ocean, and completed the swim test. Squeaky Brat made treading water for 10 minutes look easy! We swam for fun for just a little bit longer before snorkeling. The Caves were super cool because a school of tiny fish around our feet and lit up when we shone our flashlights on them. There were so many sea urchins too! Being underwater made the crew realize how awesome our trip is about to become. The ocean served as a giant bathtub as we showered tonight. Most of us dove in the water and were reluctant to get out. Dinner consisted of Sloppy Joe’s, corn, mashed potatoes, and salad. I felt at peace when another slight breeze flowed aboard the boat, and even more at peace while watching the evening sky become a canvas of pink and lavender pastels. Everything and everyone seems to be fitting into place, creating even more peace. A brief scuba chat awaits before sleep consumes us! We cant wait for tomorrow.
Posted: Wed, Jun 15, 2016
Staff Update Day 1
Location: West End, Tortola
It is not too long until the shipmates arrive, and we’re very excited to welcome them aboard! After weeks of hard work from the staff, Squeaky Brat has been picked up from Road Town and packed with food, fuel and water in preparation for the exciting weeks ahead. Over the course of three weeks, Casey & I are hoping to IYT certify our shipmates with an International Competent Crew certificate that can open new doorways into the yachting industry or simply provide better access to pleasurable experiences on board charter vessels. But of course sailing is only half the program! Our lovely SCUBA instructor Annie plans to PADI open water certify those whom have never dove before. Courses aside, our goal as staff is to provide a fun, supportive and safe environment that gives our students the opportunity to discover their ability to learn and overcome challenges. We hope the build these surroundings not only from our daily activities such as water skiing, dinghy sailing, snorkeling, hiking, but with responsibility and team building the next 3 weeks will be fruitful ones for all those living aboard Squeaky Brat and ActionQuest vessels in general. We’re really looking forward to meeting our students soon and having an incredible time over the upcoming weeks.
Here is an introduction to the crew of Squeaky Brat:
David grew up on California coasts, and when he wasn’t invested in his schooling; he was either involved in a aquatic summer programs or traveling around the Middle East, Europe and Central America. Forever indebted to his parents, David was fortunate enough to begin dinghy sailing at the age of 8, scuba diving at 13, and various other aquatic sports in the times in-between. In 2013 Davids life dramatically shifted after Sea|Mester when his eyes were opened to the vast world of yachting. Thanks to his incredible experiences on board S/Y Argo, David dedicated his free time to receiving his certificate as a Master of Yachts 200 gross ton Offshore through the Royal Yachting Association and used this license to work in the BVI as well as the Adriatic and other parts of the Mediterranean. Continually, since working at AQ, David spent a few weeks in his home-area of Northern California to complete his NOLS Wilderness First Responder. He’s very excited to be returning for his second year and prepared to have a summer even better than the last.
Annie: Dive Instructor/Mate
Annie was born and raised in North Carolina, where she visited the beach frequently and developed a great respect for the marine world. When she was fifteen she attended ActionQuest and fell head over flippers in love with diving and sailing. She continued diving every chance she got and in January 2015 she became a PADI Open Water SCUBA Instructor. Annie is a student at Northeastern University in Boston where she studies Economics and Business. When shes not in the library she can be found sailing on the Charles River and throughout New England with Northeastern’s team. When the water is frozen she spends her weekends snowboarding in Maine and Vermont. Annie loves spending time outside and exploring new places.