BVI: Session 2 - Aeolus

Posted: Thu, Jul 20, 2017

Scuba Certification Day!

Location: Sommer’s Beach, Tortola
Author: Hannah N.
Today we woke up to a delicious meal of scrambled eggs and muffins. After breakfast, we started our last rotation day with some wakeboarding, kneeboarding, and waterskiing. After the first rotation, we headed back to the boat for a treasure hunt in the Picos. We then had quesadillas for lunch and then headed over to the dive boat. At the dive boat, we finished our last two open water dives, officially making us certified scuba divers! Afterwards, we finished up the day with a beach barbecue and game night on the boat. PS we also saw dolphins today!

Posted: Wed, Jul 19, 2017

Swinging Through Another Day

Location: Muskmelon Bay, Guana Island
Author: Devyn S.
Today we woke up to a beautiful sunrise in Marina Cay. Getting to wake up at 7:30 was great. One of the highlights of my day was breakfast, we had about 30 pancakes. We then left the anchorage. Later we arrived at Trellis Bay for lunch. While we were at port many of us called our parents and went shopping. We then started on our way to our next destination. Once we left we began taking turns at the helm, practicing man overboard skills. Our man overboard was a fender with a bucket attached to it. After a few failed attempts we finally got the hang of it. While we were sailing we also practiced knots. Once we arrived at Muskmelon Bay on the Guana Island we started swimming and showering. We also made a boom swing. Some people were able to flip off of it, I kept trying to but was unable to flip but I will do it next time. Today was really fun and I can’t wait for tomorrow.

Posted: Tue, Jul 18, 2017

Day 11

Location: Marina Cay
Author: Meghan W.
Today was a great day! To start off the day we had some cereal for breakfast and a side of yogurt. We spent the morning doing a huge cleanup. Once we finished we raised the sails. Sailing around the Seal Dog Island was phenomenal. It was a little stormy, but we powered on with teamwork. Lunch was deli sandwiches which resulted in a disaster of Pringles, oversaturated Gatorade, and a slice of avocado. Later we practiced man overboard drills which was extremely fun, while also being a little stressful because of the rough wind and waves. Finally, we reached a Marina Cay where we are staying overnight. After watching a sailing video on Irving Johnson, Anna’s grandfather, and getting a fresh water shower, it was time for dinner. Overall it was a great day and I cannot wait for tomorrow!

Posted: Mon, Jul 17, 2017

First Open Water Dive!

Location: Mountain Point, Virgin Gorda
Author: Madison B.
Today was amazing! First, we woke up to our awesome morning music and started off the day with a yummy breakfast of bagels and yogurt. We hydrated ourselves and lathered up with sunscreen. We stepped onto our dinghy and headed over to Sailing Curls to get our scuba diving gear together. Once we hopped on board everyone was anxious and waiting to get into the water. We split into our groups and had a quick briefing about our two dives. We dove to 30 feet to observe the aquatic life and colorful coral. One group of divers saw a huge barracuda! Another group saw a giant sea urchin and a baby stingray! After surfacing we got some little snacks and hopped right back in. This time we explored a little more. After our scuba diving adventures, we headed back to Aeolus to eat lunch and take our diving certification exam. We all nailed it! For our final activity of the day, we tied Turk’s Heads knots into bracelets and anklets. For dinner, we were joined by director Mike and his wife Jo. We finished the day with an AQ version of a Thanksgiving feast! Can’t wait to see what tomorrow has in store for us!

Posted: Sun, Jul 16, 2017

Pico Races!

Location: Mountain Point, Virgin Gorda
Author: Farah H.
Today’s day 9 and already going by so fast. Today was so fun and after the Lifeworks chat last night we’re all so close and having fun. Today’s day started at 6:15 am. After a yummy breakfast and long cleanup, we headed out for water skiing and tying knots. Then we went to our last confined water dive to get ready for our first open water dive tomorrow! Lunch came and went and we headed to a navigation sail chat and Pico sail races. My team won by a long shot! After we spent free time sailing and swimming. Mo is the best person to sail with and he makes everyone laugh. We came back for showers and got changed to get ready for the squeeze and dinner. I’ll just brag quickly- I got dressed and ready in four minutes and usually, it takes me and Meghan 30 minutes. Dinner was good, and with another long cleanup and our final scuba chat til our big exam. Wish us luck!

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