BVI: Session 2 - Aeolus

Posted: Tue, Jul 11, 2017

First Dive

Location: Savanna Bay, Virgin Gorda
Author: Tyler P.
Today everyone experienced a new or mostly new experience in their life. This morning we had some oatmeal for breakfast. After breakfast, we split up into groups and went to different activities. Some of the activities included waterskiing and wakeboarding. After this everyone went over to the beach and tried to windsurf. Windsurfing was hard but a few people got the hang of it. It started raining really hard when we were windsurfing. We came back to the boat and had tuna and snacks for lunch. After lunch, we went back to the beach for scuba diving. While we were diving we had to complete a bunch of challenges. The challenges were fairly easy and we completed them fast. We came back to the boat and had chili and rice for dinner.

Posted: Mon, Jul 10, 2017

Laughing and Learning

Location: Savanna Bay, Virgin Gorda
Author: Alice R.
Today’s activities were filled with laughter and a great deal of learning. After waking up everyone was treated to a breakfast of scrambled eggs, cantaloupe, and delicious blueberry muffins. Once cleaning was over Jay began talking and answering questions about our scuba diving while Anna and Ian went to a meeting. Then we set off on our journey of four hours worth of sailing and motor sailing. Throughout the day the word y’all was used and criticized and no one is allowed to ask “someone hand me__.” After we dropped anchor Jay supervised us in pairs as we assembled and disassembled scuba gear. Whoever wasn’t observing was organizing their cabin. With everyone done assembling and organizing, everyone jumped into the water to cool off then shower. Everyone was ready for dinner. Penne noodles and alfredo sauce with ham on the side hit the spot. As of now, cleaning is coming to an end and the second scuba chat is soon to start. Today has been filled with new inside jokes and laughter among new friends.

Posted: Sun, Jul 9, 2017

Gorgeous Waters and Much More to Come!

Location: Christopher S.
Author: The Bight, Norman Island
Today marked the second amazing day of the Vega trip. After waking from a gorgeous night on the deck o the ship, we prepared the boat for our first day on the sea. At 11 the water was stunning, with rays of light illuminating off of crystal clear water. Our vessel cut through the water as we made our way to snorkeling. After much sailing and a lot of teamwork, we finally arrived. Everyone excitedly jumped in the water in hopes of seeing some really cool fish. The snorkel was better than expected, with many parrot fish, coral, and great caves where Blackbeard hid his treasure. We all then played in the water, jumping off the boat and splashing each other. Only a shower later we were back on the water, stopping at a cove that is only seen in fairy tales. We are now diving into scuba. Can’t wait for tomorrow’s new adventures.

Posted: Sat, Jul 8, 2017

Aeolus Staff Update Day 1

Aeolus (ee-uh-lus) is so excited to welcome her second group of summer 2017 students! After a fantastic first session, the staff has been spending the last couple days preparing and are eagerly awaiting the arrival of our twelve shipmates. We have stocked the boat with dry food, fresh food, PADI open water diving manuals, sailing books, water ski gear, medical supplies, cleaning supplies and everything else necessary to run an awesome trip- now we just need the crew! Our shipmates are from DC, South Carolina, Texas, Mexico, Iowa, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Illinois, and Ohio, and are all part of the Vega (intro to sailing and diving) program. We can’t wait to go on our first sail and snorkel tomorrow, and for all the other adventures to come! For additional updates during the trip, follow ActionQuest on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Snapchat!

Here is an introduction to the crew of Aeolus:

Ian- Skipper/EMT

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!

Anna- EMT/Mate

Anna grew up in landlocked Western Massachusetts and discovered her love for the sea when she became an ActionQuest shipmate at age 16. After two summers as a shipmate and a year of high school onboard S/Y Ocean Star, she joined the ActionQuest staff in 2000. In 2004 Anna graduated from the University of Vermont with degrees in psychology and sociology, where she spent four years volunteering as an EMT on a local ambulance. Since then she has worked on tall ships, at a toy store, and at several desk jobs, but always finds herself returning each summer to the BVI to manage one of the ActionQuest fleets. During the rest of the year, Anna lives in Washington, DC, where she spends her free time volunteering with a local dog rescue organization, hanging out with her niece and nephews, and attempting to become someone who enjoys running.

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