BVI: Session 1 - Luna Kahuna
Posted: Sun, Jun 18, 2017
A Calm Day
Location: Savannah Bay, Virgin Gorda
We woke up early, ate breakfast and then left ASAP before the other boats. As we arrived at our dive site, we set up all of our gear. The group worked on perfecting their buoyancy and then we played underwater limbo and made human pyramids underwater. The crew of 15 then embarked on our very long journey to Savanna Bay. The day ended with a Lifeworks Forum.
Posted: Sat, Jun 17, 2017
Location: White Bay, Peter Island
Today we set sail! First, we had the dock talk with Mike (the director) for almost 2 hours. Then we bought some food from he supermarket and we left the marina. We motored for about 30 minutes then we put up the jib and sailed for an hour and a half until we anchored in White Bay. We then set up our dive gear before we did the swim test, which consisted of swimming around the boat 8 times and treading water for 10 minutes. After the swim test, we went for a quick check out dive and did some skills on the sea floor. Then we ate dinner and had a meeting with everyone from dive side on the boat, Happy Our.
Posted: Fri, Jun 16, 2017
Luna Kahuna Staff Update Day 1
Location: West End, Tortola
The crew of Luna Kahuna has been busy awaiting the arrival of shipmates. The air compressor is on board, all of the scuba tanks and program gear is on board, and we’ve prepared the whole boat to be ready for today! We are all incredibly excited to welcome 13 new members to our boat family. We cant wait to share an incredible 3 weeks with all of our crew.
Here is an introduction to the crew of Luna Kahuna:
Matt- skipper/dive instructor/MPIC
Matt was born and raised in Sarasota, Florida. Matt joined the GXG team in the summer of 2014 as a dive instructor and has worked here every summer since then. After acquiring other certifications, Matt works as a skipper, dive instructor and member of the medical team. He sailed across the Atlantic Ocean with AQ on S/Y Argo in 2012, and sailed across the Indian Ocean with Seamester on Argo in 2014. He will be graduating next year from Florida Gulf Coast University with a major in Criminal Justice and minor in Computer Science. When he is not in school or working he spends his time pursuing a variety of hobbies, including woodworking, surfing, and building computers.
Elle- dive instructor/mate
Participating in an ActionQuest program in 2012 inspired Elle to pursue her passion for diving and a determination to share her enthusiasm for the marine environment with others. She spent her gap year pursuing her passion of diving, qualifying as an Open Water and EFR Instructor and working in Thailand before moving to Mauritius to teach and explore the wonders of the Indian Ocean. Elle is currently studying a BSc in International Business Management at Cardiff University and returns to Thailand each summer vacation to continue teaching. She is now a PADI Master Scuba Diver with 7 specialty instructor qualifications. When not under the water or studying, Elle is a keen netball player, playing on the universitys 1st team and has a love of dance, having studied ballet, tap and modern to advanced levels since beginning at age 3.
Lucy- dive instructor/mate
Lucys mission is to educate others about marine science and SCUBA diving and spread the word about conservation. This has led her through a Masters degree in Marine Biology at the University of Southampton (U.K.) and to dive around the world. It does not matter where she dives; Lucy is always fascinated in learning species and habitat identification. By volunteering and working with various different governments and institutes, Lucy has built specialisms in both temperate and tropical marine research, specializing in habitat mapping with GIS. Lucy currently works seasonally at her new activities center in the Seychelles where her roles include: business manager, head instructor (PADI MSDT), resident marine biologist and skipper. Island life has become something of a norm to Lucy, who enjoys its proximity to the natural world. Where possible she does travel with an electric keyboard to keep her piano skills afresh. Whilst back in civilization you will often find Lucy on the netball court or the swing jive dance floor making up for lost moves!