BVI: Session 3 - Second Wind

Posted: Fri, Aug 15, 2014

Staff Update Day 16: Last of the Lasts

Location: West End, Tortola
Author: Marina, Meghann, & Ben
As we round the corner into West End for the final time it still seems unreal that third session has come to an end. To say the time has flown by would be an understatement and I am left trying to figure out how we accomplished so much in so little time. Neptunes are leaving with their Advanced Open Water plus five specialty certifications while Rescues are now at the highest level of non-professional diving. Dolphins have designed, completed and presented an entire research project and earned four specialty certifications. We even still had plenty of time to practice our sailing skills and create so many memories. It’s hard to remember a time when the crew of Second Wind didn’t know each other. The past few days of the trip have turned our crew nostalgic and as we complete another “last” we find ourselves even closer still. We will definitely be sad to see this group go but they’ve left us with enough memories to get us through these next few drier and colder months until next summer.

Posted: Thu, Aug 14, 2014

Day 15: Family Time!

Location: The Bight, Norman Island
Author: Harrison F.
Starting the day early we broke our raft off from Mary Morgan and moored up to individual balls. Once we moored, we split off into three groups, one of which who had a fun dive, the second was turtle tagging and the third was sitting surface and relaxing. I decided to choose the third. Teddy, Michael, Emma and Amelia did turtle tagging; Sebastian, Tommy, Max, Jules, Marc and Tim all did their dives. All of them having their new certifications such as Rescue or Advanced Open Water. After our rotations we motored over to Road Town to go shopping and to call and text home. After that we enjoyed the most exciting race ever. Mary Mo won but we placed a close second. I couldn’t be more proud of everyone on this ship. Finally we settled on the Bight on Norman Island. This is one of my personal favorite mooring sites. We just finished our first completely self-made meal and it was pretty good. We also cleaned up in record time. Now we are going to relax with one another and have fun!

Posted: Wed, Aug 13, 2014

Day 14: Diver, Diver, Are You Okay?

Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
Author: Ted Y.
Today was truly a memorable one. We slept in thanks to our loving staff and had some incredible oatmeal thanks to our skilled chefs. We set up our dive gear and embarked upon our journey. Our hour and a half sail was better than anyone could have asked for. After arriving at Cooper Island, we briefed on the dive site Wreck Alley and hopped in the water. The dive consisted of four wrecks and a stingray cleaning station. We were all stoked after our amazing dive, so we stuffed our faces with deli sandwiches that were delicious. Our post-lunch dive was just as sweet as our first one. We had a nice relaxed sail back to GHP. Not long after arriving, the Rescues had a scenario where three of the staff had an ‘accident’ and two were unresponsive. After successfully saving the victims we chowed down to dinner which consisted of eggs, sausages and fruit salad. This concludes another fantastic day at AQ. PS good luck tonight to the Rescues and Neptunes on their exams and the Dolphins on their presentations!

Posted: Tue, Aug 12, 2014

Day 13: Another Great Day

Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
Author: Sebastian O.
Today was a very nice day. We woke up at 6:30 anchored in Sandy Cay. Immediately we started over to West End where we had a very big breakfast at the coffee shop. We stayed in West End shopping and walking around until we left at 11:45. We got the chance to see sail side for a few minutes but that was enough to say “hey”. After that we left West End and we did an hour and a half sail to Peter Island, then did a dive at the Rhone Anchor. It was awesome! After that we moved inside the harbor where we ate Mexican food and we studied for the exams.

Posted: Mon, Aug 11, 2014

Day 12: Rescue Diver

Location: Sandy Spit, Green Cay
Author: Tim H.
Today was our last rescue lesson. After the last lesson the scenarios start. That means everywhere at any time a scenario can happen. After lunch between our dives was the first scenario. One of our staff members played a panicked diver at the surface. Two others played unresponsive divers underwater. Our job was to save them. It took us a little while but for the first scenario we did it well. Tonight is the beach party on a tiny island with one tree on it. Beach parties are so much fun because we are meeting the other kids from sail side and eating BBQ. After we will be having fresh water showers — one of the best parts of the AQ day.

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