BVI: Session 2 - Great White
Posted: Wed, Jul 27, 2016
Staff Update – Day 21 – Wrapping Up An Incredible Voyage
Location: West End, Tortola
I can’t believe how fast this session has flown by. It feels as though just yesterday we were welcoming students onto Great White on the first day of program. Since day one, everyone has learned and grown so much. Our Neptune students have just received their advanced certifications, along with a slew of new specialties including wreck, night and equipment. Two of our Neptune shipmates, Parker and Hannah are absolutely rocking it on every single dive. Whether it’s night diving, wreck diving or fish ID dives, they put in 100% and their effort shows. Rose and McKenna loved going out in our dingy “Aggressive” to water ski and wakeboard. I have never seen two happier people in my life, especially when Rose got up on monoksi and McKenna got up on the wakeboard despite the rocky seas! The dynamic duo, Drew and Jackson, have been diving wrecks like absolute pro’s. Not only have they swam through some of the coolest wrecks in the sea, they have also encountered some of the biggest stingrays I have ever seen in my life. Margaux has been diving like a professional, but she especially shine brightly when she is on the helm of Great White. On sail day, Margaux, Rose, Sydnei and McKenna ran the entire boat to out near victory. On our dolphin program, students have just presented their final project’s findings in front of all of the dolphin students! They all did so well! Dylan, Greg and JC presented their dolphin project about benthic coverage and dissolved oxygen focusing on hard vs soft corals. Greg also found his new appreciation for the media team during his incredible time on the boat Ada! Sydnei, Maddie, and Tanner presented theirs over shrimp and anemone species counts and correlations. Also, a big congratulations to Sydnei for reaching her 50th dive! As you can see, so much has been accomplished in such a short amount of time. It feels as though we have been here for months, but these three weeks flew by, that’s the ActionQuest effect. We are so lucky to have had such an incredible crew for these past three weeks, and we will be so sad to see them go. Thanks for an incredible session. -Cat
Posted: Tue, Jul 26, 2016
Day 20 – Last Day
Location: West End, Tortola
Today was a sad but amazing day. Today was our last day at AQ and an eventful one it was. Our program came to a close after a great dive at the Indians, and a long ride over to West End where Margaux successfully docked the boat all on her own. It really showed how far we had come from day one. We transformed from a bunch of random people on a boat to a real crew and a family. This really has been an amazing adventure with many memories that we will never forget. This day ended with a great BBQ in West End and a lot of shore time before that. It really has been an amazing adventure!
Posted: Mon, Jul 25, 2016
Day 19 – Lucozade!/ Crushed it!/ GW Takes Down Dive Side!
Location: The Bight, Norman Island
This morning, Great White woke up at 7am in the beautiful GHP. We had some amazing pancakes for breakfast, getting the Neptunes ready for their fun dive that morning, which was an absolute blast! The Dolphins went turtle tagging at this time and even though it was unsuccessful, we did see a turtle and enjoyed our time together searching in the clear blue water Once the Neptunes finished their dive the dolphins finished their tagging, we motored over to Road Town for a little bit. Here we were able to grab lunch and stock up on snacks as well as talk to family and friends back home (shoutout to Hannah C., loved to talk to you!). Once our port time was over, all of dive side and Lifeworks lined up and got ready for our sailing race. It was so exciting! Great White crushed all of dive side in the race, and was racing head to head with the Lifeworks boat Snow Cat for the majority of the race. Energy was high during the entire race, which may or may not be due to the Lucozade (orange soda) that we may or may not have had in town. Either way, we crushed it in the race! 2nd place is not too shabby! The race ended in the Bite at Norman Island, which is where we will spend our last night on the water before going back to West End tomorrow. Super hungry from our busy day, we were super excited to eat a great dinner of chili and rice! This busy day will for sure put us all to sleep ASAP tonight, if we dont pull any pranks, which we probably wont. Or will we?
Posted: Sun, Jul 24, 2016
Day 18 – Wreck Alley
Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
After yesterday’s prank, a sleep in felt amazing! We picked ourselves up and took a nice, long sail over to wreck alley where we finally got to jump in! The Neptunes went down first and practiced tying on and diving on a wreck. Dolphins explored a sunken tugboat and barge. The second dive was so much fun, like the first. Neptunes went down and swam through the wrecks, completing their wreck diving certification. The Dolphins dove a wreck called the “Kissing Wrecks. Sill part of wreck alley, this wreck is comprised of two boats that are learning against each other. After our dives, we motored back over to GHP. We took showers and made a wonderful breakfast for din dins. Looking forward to tonight’s certification test and project presentations. Good luck to everyone! Sleep tonight will be well earned! Signing off from day 18!
Posted: Sat, Jul 23, 2016
Day 17 – Prank Day
Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
Today we woke up at 4am in order to carry out our prank on the ActionQuest fleet. Once we were all up and ready, we all piled into Aggressive under the cover of darkness and dropped every shipmate off on another boat in the fleet, ready for an exciting day. At around 7am, all of the boats started to wake up to encounter new shipmates, some of which they tried to send back to Great White but instead returned to other dive-side boats. Some of the other shipmates were welcomed by their new boats and got ready to participate in the first race of the sail-side race day. In the end, my new boat, Sailing Curls, came second and we celebrated with brownies before Great White reunited at West End. After some well deserved port time, some shipmates went to dive the Fearless wreck whilst others dove around the boat and a lucky few got to go waterskiing whilst Neptunes studied and dolphins finished their research project. Tonight was also the much-anticipated return of Mexican night when several of the boats we visited probably discovered that we rock all of their hot sauce! Mike also came round for dinner, joined in with our squeeze and we had our postcard night. We searched through the postcards to find ones that reminded us of ourselves and it turned into an interesting conversation. After this we then started brainstorming new prank ideas for the boats that felt left our of our morning adventures, we are already anticipating our next prank day greatly!