BVI: Session 2 - Boss Lady

Posted: Mon, Jul 30, 2012

All Good Things Come to an End

Location: West End, Tortola
Author: Meg
So its been 21 days of excitement, learning and just plain fun. We started out this session with some awkwardness (especially when you couldn’t remember everyone’s names and story) but as time went on we learned a lot about each other. Old friendships grew stronger and new friendships emerged. The shipmates aboard Boss Lady have dove, studied, and read their way to being brand-new rescue divers. In addition to this they are awesome navigation divers and if you loose something in the water they can search and recover it with ease. Adam and Lynn were always there to lend a hand with mooring and anchoring. Vlad, David, and Nick were always found around the helm asking to motor, sail, or anchor us. Caroline was always a help with getting pictures for the blog. She was always seen jumping into the water with her camera. Katie was always scheming new and interesting pranks to pull on other boats. Lulu was always excited to sail and she won the dive side race for Boss Lady. Lucas always had something cleaver to say and showed great dive skills. Leigh always entertains the boat with her singing and amazing belly flopping skills. Maddi and Adrienne were always seen together and were ready to go diving as soon as the dive flag went up. Beccy and Tierney were always there to make us all smile, laugh, and enjoy each day. Our time together has been great and we have seen amazing sea life, including: dolphins, turtles, and sharks. We also have learned how to sail (or improve our existing skills), tie knots above and below water, bake brownies/cookies, and just have fun. All in all, it was a great three weeks. The only thing bad about it is that it has to come to an end.

The Last Day

Location: West End, Tortola
Author: Rebecca L.
After spending the night writing our cards we were all very tired, but all but one of the Boss Lady shipmates managed to rise at the extremely early time of 4:30 in order to hike up Spyglass Hill to watch the sunrise. However the sunrise was a slight anticlimax after the steep climb to the top of the hill as the clouds covered the sun. But we were all still in high spirits as we scrambled back down to the dinghy to return to Boss Lady. Now that the hike was over we all knew that the hardest, most tiring and exhausting part of the trip remained, the Big Clean. The night before we all volunteered for jobs and everyone highly anticipated spending the morning cleaning in a hot, sweaty, environment. But before we cleaned we went for our last dive of the trip. It was all really sad for everyone as we set our dive equipment up for the last time. I really enjoyed our final dive as we dove around some really cool coral. But it was also my 50th dive and I was so happy that I managed to reach my goal at the end of the trip. The Big Clean started on the way back to West End. For me, cleaning the boys’ head has to be the most disgusting thing I have ever done! Upon arrival at the dock we all continued to clean until Boss Lady was absolutely spotless. Now I think every single one of us has finally realized that today is our last day together, the last time we will sail, dive, and have a great time with one another. All of us are now accomplished Rescue divers and over the course of the 3 weeks have become like a family, even though we squabble sometimes with one another. This year has been amazing at AQ and I can’t quite believe its over. Tomorrow morning will be full of emotional goodbyes but I know we will all remain friends forever. Sam and Meg have been the best staff that we could have asked for and have helped make this the best experience ever.

Posted: Sun, Jul 29, 2012

The Best Day Ever!

Location: The Bight, Norman
Author: Lulu D.
I honestly believe today was one of the best days yet. Our day started at midnight, when we all got up and pranked the other boats on dive side! As quietly as we could we sneaked onto the other boats and zip tied their clothes to the line. There were a few close calls (like when I almost fell in the water) but the prank was in general a success and it was so much fun to watch them struggle in confusion this morning. We had a breakfast of yummy pancakes and as soon as we were done we set off for the dive site of the day, the Fearless! The Fearless is a small wooden wreck that sunk just outside of GHP. The Fearless was a cool wreck even though it looked a little spooky. After we were done looking at the wreck, we played underwater by doing flips and handstand and making bubble rings! After we got out of the dive, we sailed to the biggest port, Road Town. We had lunch ashore, the boys got Chinese food and the girls went to Pusser’s and afterwards we all got ice cream at the Gelato place. On our way back to the boat after time ashore we went Blair and Mambo in our dinghy and completely soaked them! To add insult to injury, next was the race. We beat all of the boats and won the dive side trophy. After, we anchored in Norman Island and we showered and made dinner while Sam and Meg went to a staff meeting. Dinner was delicious and after we started the best part of the trip, the cards. We all write cards to each other to say how much we mean to each other and we get them to bring home. Tomorrow we get to do the spyglass hike before sunrise and I know we’re all ready to start another great day!

Posted: Sat, Jul 28, 2012

Son of Medicine!

Location: Great Harbour, Peter Island
Author: Lucas H.
This morning we were all exhausted due to another failed prank night. We ate our diminishing supplies of cereal for breakfast and were on our way to Cooper Island. Our first fun dive took place at the Kissing Wrecks two moderately small boats right next to each other in the sand at 80 feet. At this location I had an awesome underwater karate fight with Vlad, Nick, and David. After a lunch of chicken salad sandwiches we went on our second fun dive of the day, and it was really enjoyable as we saw a nurse shark and a turtle. We then sailed to GHP (Great Harbour, Peter Island) where a few of us went snorkeling with an arsenal of resuscitation masks and floatation devices expecting the inevitable and what do you know, less than 10 minutes later we saw bubble on the horizon followed by the surfacing of two unresponsive divers. We proceeded to administer in water rescue breaths. When we got them on the boat it looked bleak but we continued in administering cardio-pulminary resuscitation with pure oxygen first aid. We succeeded in the care of Parker, however I am sad to to admit that we lost Bryant. Luckily for all of us, this was in fact our second scenario! We then had a belly flop contest which Leah undoubtedly won despite the fact that she wore a PFD. Dinner was Asian Teriyaki Noodles and I think its safe to say that it was better than Ramen. After dinner we had a rescue exam which I really hope I didn’t fail!

Posted: Fri, Jul 27, 2012

Back to the Beginning in GHP

Location: Great Harbour, Peter Island
Author: Adrienne S.
Still sore from the hike but content from the brownies we had last night we woke up to the oatmeal and early motor to West End. Before we had time ashore all the shipmates did some boat appreciation by cleaning all cabins, galley, and the deck. Some of us had a second breakfast at D’ Best Cup while others went for an early lunch around 10. Once regrouping on the boat we sailed back to GHP. While going to GHP I was miserably trying to impress Sam, but failed by falling asleep at the steering wheel and ended up giving Meg a good laugh at my tiredness. Once attaching to a mooring we all jumped in for our fun dive. The dive ended up becoming one big photo shoot with Maddie, Beccy, Adam, and Lynn being the photographers. After showers Lulu and Lyn started dinner which was Mexican Night.Because of last night’s fiasco with Maddie and my brownies and the shipmates going crazy like animals scavenging for food, we were all assigned numbers in which we were allowed to get our burritos in. We are now going to study for our test tomorrow and prepare for the possibility of another scenario.

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