BVI: Session 1 - Pure Joy
Posted: Tue, Jun 27, 2017
Long Sails Followed by Amazing Dives
Location: Muskmelon Bay, Guana Island
This morning, a bunch if the shipmates decided to wake up early to try and catch the sunrise. Unfortunately, it was a bit cloudy but it did allow us to get an early start on making delicious pancakes. Our chefs, Hannah and Anika, decided to add Oreos in some of the pancakes. Following breakfast, we cleaned up the boat and played card games while waiting for our amazing staff to return from their meeting. After we set sail from Marina Cay to Mountain Point. Once there, the Rescue students headed over to the other rescue boat, where we had our first of two lectures for the day. This one was the last one that included a video. At the same time, the Neptunes and Dolphins got to hang out on Pure Joy and swim. For lunch, we had chicken salad sandwiches and Josh joined us from the media team. Next came a quick clean up so we could move the boat over to the dive site. The dive site was called the Kraken but the ship was named Kodiak Queen. It is a new wreck, which was just recently sunk and consisted of a sunken ship with an octopus made of chicken wire placed on top. It was really cool to be able to swim through parts of it and to also know that in a few years the octopus will be covered in coral. Once all of us surfaced, we moored over to Muskmelon Bay and had chili and rice for dinner underway. After we arrived, we had a dance battle with the boat that was closest to us. Everyone was having a blast and had huge smiles on their faces. Next, we started clean up while still listening to music and dancing. Following that, the rescue students had another lecture, which was the last of the trip! While we were there, the Neptunes and Dolphins got to go on a night dive on the Sand Highway. They navigated the site themselves and saw tarpon, an octopus and eels. Now that we are all back on the boat, we are about to eat brownies that look and smell amazing, as they are filled with peanut butter and Oreos. Can’t wait to see what the second half of our trip has in store!
Posted: Mon, Jun 26, 2017
Location: Marina Cay
Day 11 at ActionQuest was super cool! We woke up to the “Moana” song and had cereal for breakfast. After we set up our dive gear we sailed to Blonde Rock for a fun dive. It’s once of the best dives so far because we saw 3 sharks and a bunch of lobsters, also fish and other cool stuff. Then we had a long sail to Trellis Bay for shore time. Some of us had a really nice nap on our way there. Trellis Bay was really cool. There was an art shop, food places, and we bought ice cream and Oreos. We then went to Marina Cay and had some nice tortellini and garlic bread for dinner. Then it was our Lifeworks talk with Mike. At dinner, everyone shared their worst fear. Everyone’s FART (favorite part) of the day was the SHARK DIVE!
Posted: Sun, Jun 25, 2017
Divers to the Rescue
Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
Today we stayed anchored at GHP… but that doesn’t mean we didn’t do anything! Today was a big day for everyone. Rescue divers had their first major training dive and they learned how to respond to unconscious divers and bring them back to the boat while giving rescue breaths. The Dolphins went on two dives today. The first dive was a research dive and trained them to study different benthic species. On the second dive, they learned all about the different types of symbiosis for their naturalist specialty. The Neptunes dove the sunken tug boat called The Fearless and mapped the wreck. Then they went to the Rhone anchor for a fun dive to end the day. Once everyone met back on Pure Joy, we had summertime Thanksgiving for dinner and finally ended the long day with a movie night.
Posted: Sat, Jun 24, 2017
Video Update from Week 1
Diving the Rhone
Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
Today we started our day with delicious French toast for breakfast. Then we sailed to Salt Island to dive our first major wreck dive, the RMS Rhone. After the dive, we anchored off the island and motored ashore in the dinghy to hike to the highest point of the island to take in the view. Then we came back to GHP where the Rescues continued their training. They were put into an emergency scenario where they were tested for their reaction to the situation. The Neptunes went to an equipment lecture then they snorkeled. The Dolphins had some free time after their hike so they went wakeboarding and water skiing. Tonight Dolphins and Neptunes will go on another night dive while the Rescue students attend another lecture.