BVI: Session 2 - Squeaky Brat
Posted: Tue, Jul 11, 2017
Location: Savannah Bay, Virgin Gorda
This morning we all woke up a little earlier than usual, which we weren’t too happy about, but it gave us more time at the Baths. At the Baths, we climbed rocks, jumped off rocks and some of us even got lost. After, we went to Spanishtown where we were able to eat lunch together and have time to use our phones to call family and friends. Later, we sailed to Savannah Bay where we had fun on the boom swing. It was a great day where we had time to chill out on the boat and also experience things we never have before!
Posted: Mon, Jul 10, 2017
Getting to Know Each Other
Location: Savanna Bay, Virgin Gorda
Today we started off with a yummy breakfast. The chefs did an awesome job with the scrambled eggs and blueberry muffins. Once we were all set we left for Savanna Bay. The ride was incredibly relaxing and the view was beautiful. Later one of the instructors taught us how to properly put on scuba gear. After that, they took us water skiing, which was pretty impressive. We had a great time. In the late afternoon, we got to boom swing off the boat. Everyone got to show off their skills and many had some very impressive flips. It’s hard to believe it can get any better than this
Posted: Sun, Jul 9, 2017
First Day, First Feeeels
We woke up earlier than we were supposed to which is a sign of the nerves for the first day. We had a delicious breakfast with a little bit of rain. After breakfast, we all ran really fast to buy some goodies before leaving the dock. We sailed into the ocean when it was our turn with Marta leading the boat as best as she could as Skipper. It was an hour and a half trip. After lunch, which was sandwiches and fruit, we had the first swim in the swimming test which we all passed happily. The snorkeling through was the most fun by far which was beautiful and adventurous. The shower at 4 pm was really necessary as we were dirty from the trips. Last but not least after dinner we had our first diving chat
Posted: Sat, Jul 8, 2017
Squeakybrat Staff Update Day 1
It is just about go-time and our shipmates have been much anticipated! Our new home, Squeakybrat, is all packed up with food fuel and water, her flag is flying high and just about ready to be under way for the best summer ever! The shipmates will fly in today and get low-down for the next 3 weeks. Over their time aboard, it is the staffs intentions to teach and instruct sailing to the standards respected by International Yacht Training. Alongside obtaining a certificate, it is our goal as staff, to stand-by the end of the program, to totally hand off as the students sail Squeakybrat to their new abilities. As much as being on the water will be a way of life during their time in paradise, so will life below the water! Our lovely dive instructor, Sierra, plans to PADI open water certify those who have never dove before. Collectively it is our goal to provide a safe, fun and educational environment for our students. We also strive to watch them reach new heights in their own personal growth. We will do this through the means of various activities including water skiing, dinghy sailing, snorkeling, and hiking, as well as responsibility, accountability and team building! These next few weeks are going to ROCK. An unforgettable experience aboard Squeaky B awaits
Here is an introduction to the crew of Squeaky Brat:
Born and raised in Nebraska, Griffin was not accustomed to the water until attending a camp in northern Minnesota at the age of eight. This is where he learned to sail and fell in love with the adventure and beauty of the water. The fall after graduating high school, he turned down acceptance to many universities to follow his dreams of sailing with Seamester. After completing the program he moved to Fort Lauderdale, Florida where he earned his RYA Yachtmaster 200 ton. In the last year, Griffin became an EMT. Griffin is a passionate sportsman who enjoys hunting, tennis, and golf. This is Griffin’s second summer with ActionQuest and he is looking forward to another fun-filled summer.
Sierra- Dive Instructor/Mate
From the state of Michigan, Sierra has always had a passion for the water. She is going on her third year of college at the Great Lakes Maritime Academy, a four-year program to earn a Bachelor of Science in Maritime Technology, an Unlimited Tonnage Third Mate License, and Great Lakes Pilotage. Needless to say, after Sierra graduates, she will be working as an officer on the big boats. While attending school, Sierra is also a Midshipman in the Navy Reserve Strategic Sealift Officer Program. With her spare time she enjoys traveling, hiking, paddle boarding, working out and spending time with friends and family. On her summer off from school Sierra is ecstatic to be able to come down to the islands to share her knowledge and passion of diving with others. She began diving in the Great Lakes at the age of eleven through the Naval Sea Cadet Corps. Through this program, Sierra was able to advance her way up to Rescue Diver. She was a part of the Elite Dive Team and has worked with NOAA to conduct underwater research on the Great Lakes. Sierra was a shipmate at ActionQuest for two years and loved the atmosphere the program had to offer. Here, she obtained her Divemaster certification and went on to get her Instructor to help others discover their own passion and love for diving.
Megan is stoked to be joining ActionQuest for the summer! Ever since her time as a shipmate in 2007 / 2008 and sailing with Seamester in 2009, she grew a deep found love for the majestic seas. Megans hometown is Orlando, Florida where the water, sun, and sand are a way of life. Her passion for the ocean played a big role in deciding where she would pursue her Bachelor’s degree in Sports Event Management. During college Megan enjoyed competing in Division I beach/indoor volleyball as well as taking a summer semester to study abroad in Venice, Italy. Today Megan thrives in an operating relations position for a childrens recreation and event company. Feeling a deep call and internal responsibility, Megan recently obtained her EMT certification. Megans heart is to share her experience, passion, and education with the younger generation; encouraging them in a secure yet challenging environment where they will experience personal growth! Many say Meg is down to earth, funny, and vibrant! She enjoys mentoring teens, paddle boarding, writing, photography, and serving at her local church.