BVI: Session 1 - Moko Jumbie
Posted: Sun, Jul 2, 2017
Today we woke up very early and very paranoid. We constantly think about the possibility of a rescue scenario. After a quick breakfast, we headed over to West End. I always have a lot of emotions when I am in West End. It’s marks the beginning and the beginning of the end of my ActionQuest trip. That being said, it was nice to go to port. We left West End before noon and headed over to GHP. It was a long sail and gave me a nice opportunity to read my book. The long sail gave everyone an opportunity to reset. For a good portion of the sail, many of us began studying for our rescue exam. Our evening consisted of trivia games aimed at studying for the rescue exam. The rescue students were on edge the whole time waiting for a “White Squall” call. We never heard the call, so the trivia persisted. Due to a bad wager at the end of the game, my group got last place with a score of negative infinity. Our boat is looking forward to our first night dive tonight!!
Posted: Sat, Jul 1, 2017
Week 2 Video Update from the BVIs
Location: British Virgin Islands
It’s been another busy week in the BVI. Marine Bio research and Rescue Diver training are in full force, most students are now certified scuba divers and many are working hard towards their IYT sailing certifications! We’re now over half way through the trip and some of our students share their experiences so far. #LifeActivated
Location: Sandy Spit, Green Cay
If you don’t know what White Squall is, it’s our favorite movie on Moko Jumbie. White Squall is also our code word for “help”. Today we encountered our first rescue scenario. The day began with some French toast and a short motor to our dive location of the day. We had to take on the task of locating two kettle bells as a team. Once we surfaced, we sat down to some Ramen noodles. About halfway through lunch, the boat jumped at the sound of one of the divemasters screaming “White Squall”, we then knew it was our time to piece all of our rescue skills together. We ran to where the yells originated from and began our rescue. I think we were all a little intimidated at first, but once we got into the scenario, it felt pretty real. We saved all three people and then learned what we can improve on next time. We then all relaxed on the hard top waiting for our scuba tanks to fill with air for our next dive. Once they were filled, we moved over to our second dive site of the day: the Playgrounds. The visibility was great and we spotted many different animals. Although I didn’t see it, some people saw a nurse shark. After the dive, we all showered and prepared for dinner. Today was definitely memorable and a lot of fun!
Posted: Fri, Jun 30, 2017
The Longest Day
Location: Sydney’s, Jost van Dyke
Today was the longest day of ActionQuest. We woke up at 6:00 am today to get ready for the hike. The 3.5-mile hike burned all of our legs, but we did it. I got 36th place and my friend got 40th. After, we had a sand castle contest and made a pretty good foot out of sand! Now we are going to Sydney’s Peace and Love. Last time I was here, I bought some pretty cool t-shirts. Hopefully they have good ones this year! See ya!
Posted: Thu, Jun 29, 2017
Location: Cane Garden Bay, Tortola
Today was Maddy’s birthday and we all wished her a happy one (Maddy is a staff member on our boat). In the morning, we had oatmeal for breakfast and then set sail for Shark Point. There, the other Recues joined us for a jackstay search pattern exercise and ate quesadillas for lunch with us. We then did a fun dive at Shark Point and found a swim through. In order to get into the water, we did a back roll out of the dinghy, navy seal style. After the dive, Pure Joy’s rescue students went back to their boat and we sailed to Cane Garden Bay where we will be staying today. For dinner, we had Thai peanut chicken with rice. Robert and Eli told the Boogeyman story. We have our oxygen provider lecture tonight and then we’re done with lectures!