BVI: Session 1 - Sambamba
Posted: Sat, Jul 1, 2017
Week 2 Video Update from the BVIs
Location: British Virgin Islands
It’s been another busy week in the BVI. Marine Bio research and Rescue Diver training are in full force, most students are now certified scuba divers and many are working hard towards their IYT sailing certifications! We’re now over half way through the trip and some of our students share their experiences so far. #LifeActivated
Today we woke up and ate some amazing French toast. Rhoads accidentally spilled about a pound of cinnamon on his and we all laughed for like 20 minutes. After that, we got to sailing. Today was testing day and it sounds weird saying testing day because we were with our friends on a beautiful boat in a gorgeous place. After the test, we ate some bomb sandwiches. After that, we went to Sandy Spit, which is a super cool spot. Rhoads, Gabe, and I all played protect the president. Then we ate, squeezed and cleaned. Today was great!
Posted: Fri, Jun 30, 2017
Location: Sidney’s, Jost van Dyke
Today we got up at 5:45 so we could prepare ourselves for the longest day ever. After a quick breakfast, we hopped onto the dock. We soon began our hike up to the Virgin Island’s highest peak. I hiked with Kiley, Candler, Bella and Isaiah. It was a long upwards climb, but soon we finally made it to the top of Mt. Sage. After hiking down, we got to enjoy lunch and some free time. Soon it was time to sail over to where the sand castle contest was held. Our boat made an octopus eating Bean. The turnout was pretty great. We are now ending our day with a BBQ at Sidney’s- off to enjoy some yummy food!
Posted: Thu, Jun 29, 2017
Location: Cane Garden Bay, Tortola
We had a bit of a late start this morning as we cleaned the boat and prepped to sail for the day. As we raised anchor we motored out of the bay and began to sail. Not too long after we put the jib up, we noticed a huge storm right ahead of us. We put on our rain jackets and prepared to sail through the storm. Bella took the helm and steered us safely through it, while the rest of us attempted to keep our balance on deck and stay dry. After a lunch, we got more water for the boat and took fresh water showers. Then we anchored at the place we would be staying that night. While we were getting dinner ready, we saw some dolphins swimming right next to the boat! We all scrambled up on deck and watched in wonder as they swam by. Following a delicious dinner of Thai peanut chicken, we saw even more dolphins at the bow of another boat. Accompanying the sight of the majestic dolphins was the most beautiful sunset we have seen all trip. We are all looking forward to the “longest day ever tomorrow!
Posted: Wed, Jun 28, 2017
We started off the day with a bang! There were only two open water dives to do and then we would get certified. After the excitement of getting our certification, we headed off to Pico sailing. As most people know, our boat is very competitive. Sambam had a little Pico treasure hunt, where we sailed around and picked up objects in the ocean that are worth points. My team was in the lead for the first round but we needed Bean to go twice so we could win. The next rotation was ship’s systems and watersports. Ship’s systems were cool because you learned about the parts of the boat that you don’t see or barely know about. After learning about systems, Sambamba motored over to Sommer’s Beach for our BBQ.