BVI: Session 3 - Second Wind
Posted: Sat, Aug 15, 2015
Staff Wrap Up
Location: West End, Tortola
It’s hard to believe that the summer is already over. It’s been an incredible two and a half weeks with the crew of second wind. We’ve made so many memories that will last a lifetime. You get to know people pretty well when you sail over 300 nautical miles with them. It’s been a pleasure watching our shipmates progress at both sailing and diving, while developing new skills and certifications such as Night Diver, Wreck Diver, Boat Diver and PADI Advanced Open Water for our Neptune’s. Meanwhile, the Dolphin’s have learned about Digital Underwater Photography, Night Diving and even completed a series of research dives and have conducted their own research projects. They have also been turtle tagging and conducted a series of marine dissections. However; most importantly, while all these awesome activities were going on, the crew of Second Wind have joined together as a team and a family. From card games to Pterodactyl noises and quoting TV shows and laughing almost the entire time, we’ve all bonded in an absolutely ridiculous and hysterical way. But I think for this group, it’s the best way it could have happened.
Posted: Thu, Aug 13, 2015
Day 15 Race Day Champs!
Location: The Bight, Norman Island
We woke up this morning at 7:00 and had an amazing breakfast cooked by our chefs. The Neptunes geared up and dove the Fearless wreck. Dolphins went turtle tagging and unfortunately didn’t even see any but still had an awesome time being towed by the dinghy in snorkel gear. Once we went back to our boat we cleaned up and then motored to our final port, Road Town. The capital of the BVI’s. Everyone had lunch and ice cream. When we were done with shore time we got back on Second Wind to prepare for the dive side race. Once we took all the clothes off the lines and shut the hatches the race started. Harris took the helm, and Chris and I took winches. It was super intense and we were neck and neck with Spindrift. When we got to the halfway point of the race, we all had to go around the Fearless ball. Harris was able to keep us wing on wing. So we didn’t have to tack and we were able to overtake Spindrift, thus winning the race. It was awesome! Winning the dive side race was a great way to end the trip. Its hard to believe this is our last night out on the water. We had dinner that we prepared by ourselves while Jess, Tina and Matt went to a staff meeting, and we didn’t burn it. We’ll be writing cards to each other later tonight. See you all soon!
Posted: Wed, Aug 12, 2015
Day 14 Neptune: Wreck Dive – Dolphin: Project Presentation
Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
After a rainy night and cereal breakfast we motored over to our wreck dive site on Cooper Island. Dolphin students went with Jess, and the Neptune’s had a wreck lecture and briefing before their training dive. Then we had lunch, which was deli sandwiches. When all the dishes had been washed the Dolphin students continued to work on their projects, then had a fun dive on the same wreck site as this morning. The Neptune’s did their second wreck dive and were able to penetrate the wreck. After this dive, one of the shipmates saw a remora so we all went snorkeling with it. Once everyone was back on board we sailed back to Great Harbour Peter and the Dolphins still worked on their projects. Then we had the usual shower time in the ocean. Tonight for dinner we are having breakfast for dinner. This means eating eggs, sausage and pancakes. Now the Dolphin students are going to present their projects to the other Dolphin students and instructors. After this presentation the Dolphin’s will be able to take a break and the Neptune’s are taking their final PADI exam tonight. Tonight we will probably sleep on deck and hope that the rain doesn’t come.
Posted: Tue, Aug 11, 2015
Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
Today was a very exciting day. We spent most of this morning at West End, after having cereal for breakfast. We arrived at 8:30, and shopped and ate til the dinghy left at 11:30. I bought a lot of things to bring home to show my family, and explored the shops that were a walking distance away from the dock. After coming back to the boat, we sailed from West End to Great Harbour Peter Island. At Great Harbour, we dove a Research dive in order to continue our Dolphins project. We collected water above the reef, measured 30 feet and collected water above open water, in order to analyze certain properties in different water sample. We have a backpack lab to analyze our water samples. Its very cool to do our science while sitting on the roof top of the boat and watch the sun go down. We then had a delicious Mexican night and had beans, meat, veggies, rice and sour cream. After cleaning up we continued to research our projects. My group is very excited to finish our project and show the Dolphin group our findings.
Posted: Mon, Aug 10, 2015
Day 12 Diving The Playgrounds
Location: Sandy Spit, Green Cay
As usual, we had another exciting day in the BVI. Today our vessel, Second Wind, took us to the waters surrounding the island Jost Van Dyke. We started our morning with breakfast and then we up set our dive gear and were excited to see what awaited us at The Playgrounds. The Neptune’s and I dropped into the cool waters along with our instructor. We traversed the reefs passing by fish and plants of all different shapes and sizes. We had the opportunity to practice our natural navigation shills. Within a couple minutes we reached a rock wall where you could see the waves crashing above and hundreds of snappers, parrot fish and surgeon fish. We also watched a small barracuda swim through it’s territory, a couple of lion fish looking for their next meal, and a moray eel hiding in a small crevasse. While we were diving, the dolphins were diving closer to the boat working on their research projects. After thirty minutes passed we got back on the boat, had lunch, an took a break while we sailed to the other side of the island. We had a couple hour before our afternoon dive, so we took a swim in the shallow clear waters near our vessel. After a couple hours, we set up our dive gear, hopped in the dinghy, and returned back to the same dive site as the morning, except we had to conduct the dive and navigate without an instructor. Despite being at the same dive site what we saw was completely different. New fish had arrived, bringing a new array of colors to our eyes. It was another memorable experience in the BVIs.