BVI: Session 1 - Second Wind
Posted: Sun, Jul 6, 2014
Staff Update Day 20
Location: West End, Tortola
Wow, day 20 — I can’t believe how fast this awesome trip around the BVIs has gone. We’ve all come so far both nautically and personally. Not only have our seamanship skills increased dramatically since day 1 but we have also gained several diving qualifications and perfected making scrambled eggs for 15 people in a single spot (and dancing the Macarena on our safety stops).
The Neptunes have all achieved their advanced open water certifications and loads of specialties including boat, night, wreck, equipment and fish identification. The Dolphins have completed some fantastic and original research projects on the coral reefs we have been exploring, as well as gaining lots of specialties including digital underwater photography, night diver, science research diver and naturalist.
Not to mention, of course, all of the fabulous diving we’ve been doing on the best wrecks and reefs around the BVIs. What has made this trip great, however, was how well the crew has gelled together and become a team. We have all had a fantastic trip and will carry many fond memories of our time on boat Second Wind (assisted by our noble steed GusGus) … and we only lost three forks overboard!
Until the next adventure,
Team Second Wind
Posted: Sat, Jul 5, 2014
Day 19: White Squall
Location: The Bight, Norman Island
Today we woke to a morning dive complemented by pancakes. Then we set sail for Road Town for lunch. Around 2pm we returned to the boats to prepare for the dive side sailing race down to Norman Island. As we started the race, we saw storm clouds approaching in the distance. We were in the lead as the clouds rolled in overhead and the wind increased. Everyone knew what was coming. The rain poured down. We called the race but were able to keep sailing through the squall. It cleared up after a few minutes and now we’re on our way to anchor near Norman Island for the night.
Posted: Fri, Jul 4, 2014
Day 18: Learned a Lot, a Lot to Learn
Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
Today we did our last two wreck dives to complete all of the certifications that we have been working so hard to get. Looking back on what we have done we realized how much we have done and learned. However, on the sail to the dive site I got to talk to the skipper of our boat and the dive instructors and see how much there is still to learn. The trip has been an absolute blast and has flown by but many friends have been made on our own boat and on other boats. All of us on Second Wind are looking forward to dinner with everyone from another dive side boat, named Mahi Mahi III, to celebrate the trip and the memories made.
Posted: Thu, Jul 3, 2014
Day 17: Another Adventurous Day
Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
Today was yet another great day spent in the BVI. We started our day off at port at West End where our journey all began. We all really enjoyed the time spent on shore and getting the chance to explore West End again. After some time on shore we enjoyed a nice sail over to GHP where we got the opportunity to dive the Fearless. This dive was definitely one of my favorite dives on our trip, because I love seeing wrecks.Getting to sail the boat one last time was a great experience as well. Considering it is something I don’t get to do often and something I now love to do. Overall today was a great day and I can’t wait to enjoy the last few days of this trip with the rest of my shipmates.
Posted: Wed, Jul 2, 2014
Day 16: The Playgrounds
Location: Sandy Spit, Green Cay
Today we left Sydney’s Peace and Love and motored over to Sandy Spit. We got to dive an amazing place called the Playgrounds. It had many cool things to see including sharks! It really was so cool. After that was lunch and then another dive at the Playgrounds. Once again, it was awesome! After our dive filled first half of the day, we all got to relax on the boat then go to the beach. Today was very laid back which was perfect after having such a long day yesterday. Now it’s tie to go enjoy a nice meal of franks and beans. Then off to have Lifeworks with all of dive side!