BVI: Session 1 - Pure Joy

Posted: Wed, Jul 5, 2017

End the Prologue, Begin the Book

Location: Tim S.
Author: West End, Tortola
We all knew that the last full day would be bittersweet. I had the realization that we would all part tomorrow and it only made us all cherish the little time we lad left, the last dive included. Knowing this was the end, the last dive could only be described as madness. People put their fins on their hands and made funny faces the whole time. There were also lots of smooth trunkfish! We’ve laughed, cried, screamed, danced, sailed, dived, dared, raced, ate, and lived together for ling enought to know that this is not the end. With numbers exchanged and a group chat formed, this was only the beginning. Now as we sail back to where it all started, an aura of nostalgia has begun to set in. Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, in the words of a wise man “it’s been fun”.

Posted: Tue, Jul 4, 2017

War Paint

Location: Kiera T.
Author: The Bight, Norman Island
The morning started with a breakfast that consisted of Oreo pancakes, the perfect beginning to an exhilarating day. After breakfast, the boat waved goodbye to our shipmate as she voyaged to Africa. Once all the hugs and tears subsided, divers strapped on their gear and leaped into the water to explore the beautiful reefs that the Rhone anchor had to offer. As the rescue students dismantled their gear, a surprise scenario surfaced causing all hands on deck to chip in and save the “unconscious” diver. After displaying an array of newly learned skills, the boat traveled to Road Town where the shipmates had shore time to eat lunch. With stomachs full and energy high, we hoisted the sails and readied ourselves for the sail of a lifetime. Everyone slathered their faces in war paint as they chanted and sang in the pouring rain. Competitors attempted to overtake Pure Joy throughout the race as they proved to be worthy competition. The exuberance of the boat only heightened as Pure Joy finished first, earning the title of dive side sailing champions! Dinner was started with smiles as the chefs of the day dyed our biscuits and past bright green. After dinner, shipmates spent time writing cards to their new best friends. Overall, the day was undoubtedly one for the books!

Posted: Mon, Jul 3, 2017

Revenge is a Dish Best Served Green

Location: Luka v.
Author: Great Harbor, Peter Island
The morning started at 2:30 am as 8 sneaky girls and two staff members hopped in a dinghy. The previous day we had bought food dye. We had our sights set on Sambamba, Moko Jumbie, Portlandia, Happy Our and Luna Kahuna. We had the food dye ready and put it in their dairy products. Happy Our got their hand sanitizer dyed yellow and their milk dyed green. When we arrived back on our boat at 4 am, we had a two-hour nap before waking up to cereal for breakfast. After breakfast, I got my turn at driving the boat with Mels which was so much fun! Once at the dive site, we dove wreck alley, which was a favorite of everyone on board. During our safety stop, we ate chicken salad and spent the early afternoon either doing scenarios (Rescues), cleaning the barnacles (Dolphins) or diving (Neptunes). After our second dive, and my personal favorite dive, Blue Chromis reef, we took showers and sailed to GHP. During dinner, we noticed Happy Our climbing up a hill making goat sounds. Immediately we knew that a goat might be boarding Pure Joy later. Luckily, that didn’t happen but we are still preparing to be pranked. Now the Dolphins are preparing for their presentations and the Rescues and Neptunes for their tests. After that, we have planned to stay up in honor of our last night with our beloved shipmate Hannah before she leaves for a family vacation.

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