BVI: Session 1 - Catalinaville

Posted: Mon, Jul 4, 2016

Day 20 – Last Day At AQ

Location: West End, Tortola
Author: Hannah K.
Today has been very emotional for some of the shipmates. Weve had a lot of “lasts” today. Last dive together, last time listening to the compressor pump tanks, and our last BBQ. Everyone here on Catalinaville has become a family and it is going to be weird not spending 24/7 with the same 17 people everyday. I am really going to miss it here in the BVI’s. See you tomorrow!

Day 20 – Staff Update – Wrapping Up

Location: West End, Tortola
Author: Davis
With the rescue course finished, and our last night on the water behind us, we’re docked in West End for the final nightly squeeze. Everybody on beard will be missed tomorrow so we’re spending as much time with each other as possible. Nicole, Gabi, Alexa and Natalie all came together as good friends, but they’ll leave with nine more. Jack, Kade, Jeff, Chris, Morgan and Hudson are all going to miss trying to sneak in an extra ten minutes of sleep in the port forward cabin, but will always remember the time they spent with each other on Catalinaville. Hannah came to our boat not knowing anyone, but left her mark by making a huge impact on each and every shipmate and staff member she came in contact with. I can’t even begin to tell you what a joy it was to have such a diverse and interesting group of students on board for only three weeks. If it were up to Emelia, Adam, and myself, we would keep this crew for the entire summer. Even though we’re sad to see everyone go, we’re glad that they’re all leaving with no regrets. They lived every day to the dullest and never sat still for a second. Hopefully we’ll see all of them next year, but if not, we’re excited to see what they will accomplish in the next few years.

Posted: Sun, Jul 3, 2016

Day 19 – Race Day!

Location: The Bight, Norman Island
Author: Natalie K.
Today started with an early morning wake up call for everyone on Catalinaville. We all were woken up a 5:50 in the morning for our last rescue scenario. There was one panicked diver and one unresponsive diver. Hudson took on the panicked diver like a champ getting him safe and sound to the boat. While Jeff leaped into the water to rescue the unresponsive diver. We passed the scenario with flying colors and were all ecstatic. Then the chefs immediately started making pancakes while we motored over to the Rhone Anchor mooring ball and moored. Some of us chose to dive the Rhone Anchor while others decided to water ski and wakeboard. The dive was one of the most entertaining dives we’ve had yet. We never actually found the anchor but we still had fun messing around. After the dive we compressed tanks and then motored over to Road Town to go to shore. We had lunch at Road Town for an hour then quickly dinghied back to our boat to get ready for the dive side race. We all put on our PFD’s and game faces. In the beginning of the race, we were trailing in second place but unfortunately we were beat by Great White and got third place. Everyone had so much fun helping during the race while blasting music. We moored at the Bite after the race with all the other AQ vessels. Then we took fresh water showers and began packing up our bags. We all participated in a boat tour video then enjoyed broccoli cheddar pasta, biscuits and brownies for our last meal on the boat. Now we are writing cards for everyone on the boat. Everyone is so sad to be leaving, especially me.

Posted: Sat, Jul 2, 2016

Day 18 – Check Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself

Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
Author: Mary Kate H.
After another night in GHP, we woke up to a quick breakfast of cereal and began our sail to Cooper Island. The entire day was semi-overcast, but that did not stop us from enjoying our beautiful day. Everyone, decked out in flash tattoos, set up our gear to splash into the water for what we all thought was going to be a fun dive. Yes, it was fun, but we were all caught off guard when Meelz appeared unresponsive. We had another scenario to take care of! The crew of Catalinaville handled the situation almost perfectly. Adam, the exhausted diver, was brought to the boat and asked questions. All-the-while, Emelia was “unresponsive” and brought back to the boat for CPR and emergency oxygen. We killed it! We had some delicious tuna salad and chicken salad for lunch, before we hopped back in the water for the next dive of the day, Wreck Alley. Appropriately named, Wreck Alley consists of the kissing wrecks, a tug boat, and a barge. On the dive, we swam past a stingray cleaning station and saw a small nurse shark. After surfacing, we got Catalinaville 40/40 for our sail back to GHP. Some people studied for our rescue exam while others took the usual nap on the hard top. Back in GHP, we showered and had breakfast for dinner. Now we all get to take the test. Wish us luck! Wow time is really going by fast and we are all having a great time.

Posted: Fri, Jul 1, 2016

Day 17 – Crashing Waves And West End Raves

Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
Author: Jack F.
This morning we awoke to the sight of boiling water and fresh oatmeal and had ourselves a hearty breakfast. Once we took care of the dishes, the AQ fleet met at West End to buy groceries and share the best moments of the trip so far. We stayed for a couple hours and were soon on our way back to GHP for a fun dive. However, on the way there, the crew noticed some large swells crashing up against the bow! Naturally, everyone gathered on the trampoline and eagerly waited for the waves to soak us. The boat would dip up and down like a rollercoaster as we battled the rough surf to make it to the park ball. To close out a fun day, we had Mike over for dinner and began working on our cards.

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