BVI: Session 1 - Second Wind

Posted: Sun, Jul 5, 2015

Day 20 Summer Cleaning

Location: West End, Tortola
Author: Syd Z.
Today is a sad day on Second Wind, because it is our last full day together. We slept in until 7 am this morning and started to clean/pack. Then around 9am we took a short break to have our last dive together at The Indians. Although it was a shallower dive, the visibility was amazing and the sun was shining. Many of us found a really cool cave to swim into. After the dive we headed into full clean up mode. Everyone packed, and was split up into pairs to get the boat clean. We are headed back to West End, currently, where we will get shore time before the final BBQ. Today is definitely a bittersweet day. Saying goodbye to our new best friends, amazing staff, our beautiful boat, and the crystal clear water will be so tough. But for all of us these were the best 3 weeks of our lives, and we can’t wait to share stories, memories, pictures and jokes with everyone at home. Thank you to everyone who made this trip possible, these 3 weeks will be unforgettable.

Day 20 Staff Update

Location: West End, Tortola
Author: Adam, Matt and Tina
21 days ago 12 strangers walked down the dock in West End. 3 short weeks later, Second Wind is a close knit family. Tina, Matt and I could not be more proud of everyone and their accomplishment. Our 8 new rescue divers have worked hard over the past 3 weeks, learning to help and assist other divers. During the rescue scenarios, Nicolai stepped up and took charge leading the group through the exercise. Whit was always the first to enter the water and was awesome at reassuring panicked divers. G became an expert in administering oxygen. Hannah and Mads never hesitated to jump in and help with any job that needed to be done. Willie and Amelia, always with a smile on their faces, were always eager to hop in the water and explore. Giles was also quick to lend a helping hand, or crack a funny face. Our 4 Neptunes have worked hard and dove a ton in the past 3 weeks to earn their Advanced Open Water certifications along with 5 specialties. Wynne, who earned her Open Water certification at the beginning of the trip has continuously impressed us with her remarkable dive skills as well as her constant smile. Sydney took some amazing go pro footage during the trip and was always eager to go diving. Alvaro was always smiling and his laugh was infectious to all. Max as always quick to lend a hand to others and share his knowledge and passion of diving. Matt, Tina and I are sad to see everyone go, but we are so happy with what everyone has accomplished this session.

Day 19 Happy Fourth From The Islands!

Location: The Bight, Norman Island
Although our trip is coming to a close our days remain full of fun. This morning we woke up to an amazing batch of pancakes followed by a sail to our dive site for the day: the Anchor of the Rhone. As a group, we saw all sorts of cool creatures underwater including tiny blue shrimps and rays along with a number of anchors. While some shipmates dove, a few went kneeboarding with our skipper, Matt, and it sounded like loads of fun! After the dive, we headed to Road Town for a bit of shore time. Then the day really picked up for our dive side sailing race. We all got out heads in the game and managed to pull out a win.. We even got a trophy! We reached our mooring spot just in time for the boom of the cannons, which are shot from a floating bar. It’s 5 o’clock somewhere but not on AQ, the staff left for their meeting and our crew got together to prepare a delicious dinner! Pre-prepared noodles and broccoli never tasted so good. It’s the fourth of July, someone get us a cheeseburger. In the spirit of America’s independence we listened to party in the USA, which sparked an instant dance party, thank you Miley Cyrus. It’s crazy that 3 weeks ago we were strangers and how we have all grown to be close friends

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