BVI: Session 1 - Vivo Libre

Posted: Fri, Jun 24, 2011

Scratching the Surface

Location: Mountain Point, Virgin Gorda
Author: Alexandra H.
Today was definitely a memorable one! We started off the day with a yummy breakfast of pancakes and fruit, and lemonade mixed with iced tea. As soon as the last dish was put away, the Vivo Libre “bros” were stepping into our fins and beginning our first open water dive. Although we only scratched the surface of scuba diving at 26 feet, we saw some pretty amazing wildlife. Both groups of “bros” scuba diving saw a baby sea turtle, several horned fish, a couple cow fish and tons of coral. It was truly awesome being down in the ocean, it was a completely different world separate from ours. After emerging from our brief dive we hopped into one of our two dinghies, Phoenix, and went to practice our B.O.B , “bro” overboard plan of action. One of the staff members threw a fender with a bucket attached together by a rope overboard, and the entire group of “bros” would maneuver the boat, lines, and mast to properly execute the man (bro) overboard procedure. When I drove the boat, for the first time, I was proud of my team’s and my work when we got the “bro” on the first try. The rest of the day consisted of Picoing, snorkeling, a navigation lecture, and intense swimming contests. This day was incredible and I felt our entire crew grow closer than we already were! I didn’t think it was possible! Anyway, now we are having AQ’s version of a thanksgiving feast!

Posted: Thu, Jun 23, 2011

Man Overboard Drills

Location: Mountain Point, Virgin Gorda
Author: Zach B.
We woke up at 6:15 and had yummy scrambled eggs for breakfast. After that we did a confined water scuba dive. Everyone did well. Even me! We then rescued a fender named “Bob” from going overboard. Once we finished lunch, we waterskiied, wakeboarded, kneeboarded, enjoyed nice motorboat rides, or sat on the deck of Caribbean Soul. We finished our afternoon by taking the scuba test. We had chicken Caesar salad and risotto for dinner. The weather was nice today and it wasn’t too windy. The water was cold and refreshing. Today was a lot of fun and we look forward to more awesome activities tomorrow.

Posted: Wed, Jun 22, 2011

Sailing Day

Location: Mountain Point, Virgin Gorda
Author: Rachel B.
It was an amazing day in the BVI. The boat has become closer day by day. We started up early at 6:45, sailing to Anegada. This beautiful beach is a pure blue paradise. Our boat had a blast bonding with another boat. We spent most of the day sailing, lounging on the boat, and having fun dinner. We are having Mexican, should be delicious! Today has been pretty relaxing, filled with white sand beaches, vibrant blue oceans, and amazing music.

Posted: Tue, Jun 21, 2011

One Week

Location: Vixen Point, Gorda Sound
Author: Juan M.
Today everyone was woken up unexpectedly by a sudden shower of rain. We woke up with a bang and rushed right into breakfast. By the time we were done the other boats were just waking up. After our usual chat after breakfast, we got the dished cleaned and got ready for our first activity, snorkeling. We went to some mangroves and had a great time watching and exploring the mysterious yet marvelous wonders of the deep. After we came back we sped into some windsurfing, beach volleyball, small boat sailing, and other fun activities. We were all cracking when a Pico capsized. It was hilarious. My favorite part of the day was when I finally successfully wakeboarded! We are all getting ready for the beach party/BBQ! It’s going to be a ton of fun, we can’t wait.

Posted: Mon, Jun 20, 2011

Sun’s Out

Location: Vixen Point, Gorda Sound
Author: Tess S.
Today we had our second rotation day. We started the day off with a lesson about dive tables. I found this lesson surprisingly interesting! Once we finished that we rotated to skiing and wakeboarding. The water was so nice this morning which made the wakeboarding so much more fun. After wakeboarding we had mac and cheese for lunch, which was a special treat because our staff made it for us. Following lunch we rotated to learning how to sail smaller boat, which was scary but really fun. We rotated to sailing Picos which was so fun because it was just a small, two person boat. This part was so much fun because we just got sent out on our own and it really showed what we really knew about sailing. My partner and I had some trouble but we finally made our way back to shore. We then got back to our boat and showered. We then got ready for dinner and sat down and read the quote of the day and everyone answered the question “if you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live and why?” I am having so much fun and I don’t want these three weeks to end.

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