BVI: Session 2 - Panacea

Posted: Wed, Aug 3, 2016

Day 6 PP-Party

Location: Vixen Point, Gorda Sound
Author: Jake K.
Today was a good day. First, we ate eggs with lots of spoons. After we ate breakfast, we got ready for our dive. We had our first independent dive today where we could swim around by ourselves with our buddy. We all switched buddies today so I dove with Colin. We went to Leverick Bay for lunch and shopping. Tonight we are going to the beach BBQ with everybody to party hard. Also, we played turtle at the beach!

Posted: Mon, Jul 30, 2012

Staff Blog Day 20-Memories

Location: West End, Tortola
Author: Marina
As the last few stray bathing suits are pulled off the lines and stuff into bags and the last dive logs have been filled out and signed, the fact that the end of the trip is here begins to really hit home. Over the past three weeks the Panasea Pandas have done some truly incredible things. As a boat, we’ve sailed around the British Virgin Islands hitting over 10 different Islands and managed to dive over 20 times and have seen some amazing things along the way. Whether is was the day at the Bathes, learning to knee board, swimming with stingrays, seeing your first manta ray or shark, driving a boat for the first time, or finally diving alone at night, its hard to choose one favorite memory. But I think our last squeeze question says the most about our time spent down here. The question was, what’s your favorite Action Quest moment? and while many of the dive and dance parties and jokes were mentioned, the overwhelming answer from every person was that their favorite part had been the bonds formed with the people on board. Its truly amazing how in three weeks the Pandas have gone from complete strangers to one of the best families I’ve ever been lucky enough to be a part of. Every single one of them has been absolutely wonderful to have on board and Bryant, Cayley and I all agree that we were very lucky and proud to call these shipmates ours. The work that our shipmates have put in along the way for all of their certifications has been incredible to watch. The Neptunes have officially become Advance Open Water divers and can now navigate through shipwrecks, dive after the sun has gone down, fix a broken regulator, and identify many different species of marine animals thanks to all of their specialties. It truly has been amazing to watch them grow into awesome divers. Not to be outdone, the Dolphins completely knocked it out of the park with all of their hard work. The majority of the second half of our trip has been dedicated to their group research projects as they dove to gather their own research and spent much of their time on board analyzing the data and writing a research paper to prepare for a presentation of their research to the entire Dolphin program. As a Dolphin instructor I feel I have to brag a little as our Pandas completely killed it with the best projects and presentations in the whole camp (I’m not surprised with how smart and hard working each one of them are). While the goodbyes in the morning were tearful and hard I have no doubt that no matter where they go from here, their time spent on Panasea will never been forgotten and I think the trip has changed all of their lives, as well as mine, forever.

Ya Se Acaba!

Location: West End, Tortola
Author: Julia A.
El campamento ya se acaba! Estas tres semanas han pasado tan rapido, parece que fue hace dos dias que llegue al campamento. Esta manana hicimos nuestra ultima inmersion, fue en un lugar llamado The Indians. Solo tengo una palabra para describir ese lugar INCREIBLE, he visto peces que nunca habia visto antes, estava lleno de coral y color. Baje hasta unos 72 pies, y aun que era algo profundo la visivilidad era realmente buena, lo podia ver todo perfectamente. Despues de la inmersion tocava limpieza, mientras navegavamos limpiamos nuestras cavinas, estavan sorprendentemente limpias. Pero aun que las habitaciones no nos dieron mucho trabajo, acabamos todos un poco mareados. Asi que nos refrescamos con la agradable brisa del caribe, mientras navegavamos hacia puerto. Una vez en puerto tocava mas limpieza, todos nos pusimos manos a la obra! Yo limpie la cocina bien a fondo, mis companeros limpiaron el salon, los banos, la cubierta y lavaron los platos, creo que no me dejo nada mas. Esta vez la limpieza fue mas dura ya que se puso a llover, pero estamos echos unos marineros asi que un poco de lluvia no nos puede parar! Despues de un duro trabajo el barco quedo precioso, como nuevo. Nos tuvimos que esperar hasta que la lluvia cesara, asi que tuvimos bastante tiempo para prepararnos para ir a “tierra”. Hoy es el ultimo dia asi que tocava hacer las compras de ultima hora, pero sin olvidarnos de comer! Algunos del barco se fueron a un restaurante a tomarse una hamburguesa o una pizza, yo me fui con Rocio al super a comprar un bocadillo y un buen trozo de queso! Nos lo comimos todo en una cafeteria junto a otros companeros del barco. En la cafeteria me pude tomar un delicioso y caliente capuccino para calentarnos, porque la lluvia era bastante fuerte! En definitiva, este campamento ha sido fantastico, no puedo haver tenido mas suerte con los companeros que me han tocado y es que lo unico que lamento de este campamento es que no dure todo el verano.

Posted: Sun, Jul 29, 2012

Lo Bueno Se Acaba

Location: The Bight, Norman
Author: Rocio M.
Hoy he pasado una de lus mejores noches de mi vida, he dormido tan bien que al despertarme me a estauanado estar en el barco, ponsaba que estaba durmiendo en mi cama. Que bien se duerme en el barco! Esta menana Marina no ha dedo le opcion de divinos, catch turtles, or water skiing, but like nice divers, we chose to dive. So after a nice fun dive we sailed to port where Connor, Jason, Megan, Christian P, Julia, and me had lunch at a Chinese restaurant where we had a big yummy lunch. After we took a small walk to the supermarket to find a ice cream store where we ate a huge ice cream. I really do not know how the boat did not sink! After we left port we started a race. We finished the race in the pace where we are going to spend the night. The staff had to go to a staff meeting and we had a party on the boat, it wasn’t too big but we had fun. After dinner Marina said that tomorrow we had to clean the boat and I almost died. It isn’t going to be hard but we have to do it…Today I had a lot of fun but also I was sad, the camp is ending and I really don’t want this to end. I would like that this camp go on for a year. I love these people and I love diving with them.

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