BVI: Session 1 - Shazam

Posted: Mon, Jul 4, 2016

Day 20 – Last Day :(

Location: West End, Tortola
Author: Maggie H.
I write this with a heavy heart because at this time tomorrow, I will be going home. While I could spend this blog asking for more time at ActionQuest, I would much rather think about all of the great memories Ive created on Shazam. I remember coming here being so nervous: will I be able to survive living on a boat, will I make friends, will I have fun, etc. The answer is yes to all of these questions. I’ve had so much fun here from my Dolphin work to chill with my new friends. There are too many memories to reflect on and write about, so I will instead reflect on today. We started off with an awesome dive at the Indians. It was a good way to end our dive trip! Then we cleaned the boat for a few hours and spent a few hours in West End. We got lunch and shopped. After I write this, we will shower and then go to the final BBQ. Then we have an early wake up and travel home! I’ve had the time on my life here, and I’ll never forget ActionQuest or Shazam!!!!

Day 20 – Staff Update – An Amazing Three Weeks

Location: West End, Tortola
Author: Pippa
What an amazing three weeks we’ve had aboard the vessel Shazam. We’ve watched our 10 awesome shipmates grow into fantastic sailors and divers and we are so proud of what they have achieved and loved sharing this unforgettable experience with them. Our three Dolphins did an incredible job on their project investigating the effect of nitrite and phosphate concentrations on hard corals and algae growth. Soleh did an awesome job of collecting data whilst Aiden lead the dives by setting transects and laying quadrats and Maggie and been using her underwater photography skills to capture photos of their quadrats. Their data produced some great results and all their hard work paid off with their grades landing them at the top of their class — good job guys! Our Neptunes Sky and Conrad have been gaining certification after certification, enjoying wreck dives on the Fearless and Wreck Alley where Lane came face to face with a ginormous southern stingray! Our Rescue boys have been enjoying putting their skills into action with some in-water scenarios – practicing their response to unconscious and panicked divers. Their teamwork during this has been great to see with Ben practicing his rescue breaths, Taylum taking care of setting up the O2, Diego taking the lead, coordinating the group and Tommy assisting with water exits. Well-done boys!! I know Marina, Oscar and myself have thoroughly enjoyed sailing and diving with all 10 of these students and will be sad to see them go! Shazam has become home for all 13 of us and the friendships built and memories made will for sure last forever. Congratulations on all your certifications and we hope to see you back in the BVI soon!

Posted: Sun, Jul 3, 2016

Day 19 – Race Day!!!

Location: The Bight, Norman Island
Author: Aiden H.
After we woke up to a breakfast of pancakes, we had a choice of what we wanted to do during the morning. The Dolphins chose to go turtle tagging the Rescues went diving with the Neptunes. After we finished with the morning activities. We then motored to Road Town, the biggest city in the BVI. We had 2 hours of shore time. We were able to get food from a small little restaurant on the marina. After the food came an hour and a half later after we finished lunch we then got back on to the boat. Once we left Road Town we raised sails and raced the rest of the dive side cats. Even though we are the slowest boat in the fleet. We were still able to come in 4th on front of Rangitoto Too. After the race, we then caught a mooring ball in the bay we raced to.

Posted: Sat, Jul 2, 2016

Day 18 – Something Exciting

Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
Author: Lane M.
We woke up today at GHP, Great Harbor Peter, and had a two-hour sail to Cooper Island. We then had a dive in Wreck Alley. We saw 4 of the 5 wrecks. 2 of which were touching. After that dive, we came up for a yummy lunch of navy bean soup. We cleaned up and the Dolphins and Neptunes shipped out to Great White to dive the wreck again. That was a diversion for what was really happening beneath our own boat, Shazam: a scenario for the rescue divers. They didn’t see it coming! Marina and Pippa pretended to be unresponsive and panicked divers. They did a fantastic job of “saving” their lives. We then came back to reunite with the rescue students and sailed of to GHP once again. We showered and ate a fantastic breakfast for dinner and had an amazing guest, Jess, from Ada! This evening is jammed-packed with Dolphins doing their presentations while the rescues and Neptunes are taking their tests. We will all go to sleep to wake up and do it all again tomorrow! Shazam!

Posted: Fri, Jul 1, 2016

Day 17

Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
Author: Taylum P.
Today was a pretty relaxing day. We got up at around 6:30 and got ready for the day. We had breakfast on the way to West End, which is where it all started. While in West End, we got a couple of hours on shore, which was great. We got to talk to our parents and most of us got an amazing breakfast at a little cafe. Afterwards, we jumped back on our boat and had an amazing and relaxing 2 and a half hour sail to GHP. We got to GHP, and then we set up our dive gear. After we got set up, we had an amazing dive. On my dive, I had to navigate and I didn’t get lost at all! We all got back on the boat. We then motored to the other side of the bay. We then had a relaxing couple of hours, in which most of us studied, but it was still pretty nice. Then we had one of our best dinners, which was Mexican night. Now everyone is cleaning up and then we all have some time to study for our tests. Shazam!

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