BVI: Session 3 - Mambo No 5

Posted: Fri, Aug 17, 2012

The Last Day

Location: West End, Tortola
Author: James G
Today started off as any other day at Action Quest does. At around 2 am, everyone sleeping outside was woke up by a pleasant shower of rain. This gave us time to run inside before it started to pour. After a delicious breakfast, we sailed for about 30 minutes to dive site known as the Indian Rocks. This was an awesome dive, yet it was bitter sweet seeing as it was our last. After the dive we set sail back to West End, and that was when the fun began. Every inch of the 50 foot boat needed a thorough cleaning inside and about. Washing the decks became a lot easier once the rain started. Cleaning is not fun but it somehow becomes bearable when one can look up and enjoy the beautiful BVI landscape. Although it is hard to say goodbye to a place like this, I think I speak for everyone when I say I am eager to see my family. A nice long shower wouldn’t hurt either.

Goodbyes Are Always Hard

Location: West End, Tortola
Author: Team Canada-eh! Cayley and Meg
Time flies when you’re having fun! Unfortunately so far for the shipmates of Mambo No. Five it feels like our shipmates arrived yesterday, but they’re already packing their bags to fly home. Its been an incredible couple of weeks of endless entertainment and it seems many goals were accomplished as well. Whether it be Chloe getting up on the wakeboard, Tyler mastering the backflip, or Michael L. reaching his 50th dive, we are so proud of all that we’ve seen achieved. Julia and Adrian were even able to stay on their feet without falling over for a consecutive 24 hours! Over very own Derby girl, Amber, proved her amazing research skills throughout the Dolphin program, Clovis successfully won the Diveside sailing race and ripped the trophy away from the 2 time winner Boss Lady, Sam and James were almost joined at the hip for the entire trip and did some great research on Christmas Tree Worms. Mike K. could be seen diving around with his fancy camera taking pictures and videos of all the amazing creatures in the water (including the rest of Mambo’s shipmates!). We have done so many amazing things throughout the trip. We have dove a lot-wrecks, swim throughs, and reefs. We’ve wakeboarded, hiked, visited towns and swam at the Baths. All in all, it has been a great 17 days of friendships, experiences and memories that will last a lifetime. We’ve become a Mambo family and having to say goodbye will be hard.

Posted: Thu, Aug 16, 2012

Day 15

Location: The Bight, Norman Island
Author: Clovis J.
Today was a phenomenal day. We got to wake up to a radiant sun that was already progressing through the sky. We luckily got to sleep in a bit, and everyone was very happy with that. And on top of that, we were blessed with delicious pancakes. After breakfast and a quick cleanup the campers were met with two options, go dive a wreck near our boat 100 feet down, or, the most popular choice, to go wakeboarding. Getting to use “Big Blue” to pull the wakeboarders, the staff whipped around GHP. After our split adventures we had a lovely ride over to Road Town to eat lunch and explore. Once we got back to the boat, we quickly lined up the three cats to race. After a perfect start, we surged ahead and took the lead for the entire race, finishing boat lengths before the next boat. With everyone happy, we got to relax a little before the chefs prepared a delicious dinner filled with cornbread, beans, and rice and franks. In a bit we will start the bitter sweet process of writing note cards to each other. Although everyone is really happy, it starts to show that they are sad to leave.

Posted: Wed, Aug 15, 2012

A Pretty Relaxed Day

Location: Great Harbour, Peter Island
Author: Michael L.
The day started at 7am to the sound of the music playlist and the smell of french toast. We cleaned up the great breakfast made by Adrien and Julia while underway to Cooper Island. There, we had our first dive of the day. This dive was just a fun dive where we all had fun exploring and being with each other. Following this, we swam around and played with our inflatable shark toy. We interrupted our relaxing swim to have some deli sandwiches and then continued having fun while other took naps. When we finished swimming, we dinghied over to Wreck Alley and explored the tug boat there on our second dive (which also marked by 50th dive). This wreck was really cool because we were able to explore the inside of the wreck and see some amazing things including a barracuda and a shark. We quickly got back to our boat and took off to head back to Great Harbour, Peter Island for the night. After we anchored we continued swimming and diving from the boat but this time with kids from Boss Lady. In the middle of this, the rescue students had a scenario where we had to save two people. Once this was over, we all sat down and had summertime thanksgiving. Before we started cleaning up, I read an inspirational quote and asked, “What were your goals in coming to ActionQuest and have you achieved them so far?” As of now, we are cleaning up dinner and preparing for evening activities. For Rescue students, we have our final written test while the Dolphins have presentations tonight for their projects they have been working on for the trip. Overall, it has been a pretty relaxed and fun day!

Posted: Tue, Aug 14, 2012

Brunch, Fearless, and the Caribbean Triple Crown

Location: Great Harbour, Peter Island
Author: Mike K.
We woke up to another beautiful Caribbean morning and to start out we had oatmeal. After breakfast we headed to West End for lunch even though lunch was at 9:30 at a coffee shop that served pretty much just breakfast. We left port at 11:30 and headed to Great Harbour, Peter Island. Once we arrived two hours later we went on a dive to explore the exterior of the wreck of the Fearless. After the dive we had dinner which was Mexican night. We had home made tortilla chips made by Greg. After dinner the Dolphins went to Blue Venture for Lifeworks and Rescue went to Boss Lady to do our oxygen practical. At Boss Lady after our practical we went over our EFR practical which happily everyone passed! After Lifeworks and the oxygen practical everyone met up at Blue Venture for the Caribbean Triple Crown. Our crew mate came in second place in the challenge. After the challenge we went back to our boat to go to sleep.

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