BVI: Session 3 - Panasea

Posted: Sat, Aug 13, 2011

Our Final Task

Location: West End, Tortola
Author: Patrick D.
Today we woke up at the Bight at Norman Island and had a quick breakfast of oatmeal before heading to the Indians which are rocks jagging out of the ocean. When we arrived at the Indians we descended down the mooring line for our final dive of the session. Down underwater we saw lots of coral and a large variety of awesome fish. After 35 minutes we ascended to the boat and headed to port at the West End of Tortola. On the way we started the extensive cleaning process which involves removing all AQ gear and food from the boat. After all of the cabins were spotless we all went to shore for lunch and to hang out. After shopping we all came back to the boat to take showers before the BBQ. After the BBQ we came back to the dock where Mike educated us about what AQ has to offer. Some of those include trips to the Med aboard AQ’s 112 foot schooner Argo and trips down to Dominica on Ocean Star. After that we all hung around until we fell asleep for our last night in the BVI’s.

Posted: Fri, Aug 12, 2011

Our Last Day at Sea

Location: The Bight, Norman Island
Author: Ryan K.
We awoke as usual to the sounds of Sam’s choice in music for the day. We went through our normal routine and prepared to leave GHP (Great Harbor, Peter Island). That is until we spotted the signs of divers in distress and began our final scenario. It involved caring for Becca, who was attacked by two sharks, and her buddy, Nick who was stung by a sea wasp. By the time Sam revealed this he was laughing, as he had set up the ridiculous scenario to mess with us. After cleaning up all of our rescue gear we left for Road Town for the second time, enjoying our final port as much as possible. After our time spent in port we left once again for the Bight. The rest of the night was spent fulfilling the time honored ritual of writing goodbye cards and most importantly we celebrated Roy’s birthday with a cake and off key singing. Its hard to believe how quickly time is passing.

Posted: Thu, Aug 11, 2011

A Hull of a Good Time

Location: Great Harbor, Peter
Author: Eleni M.
We started our day at GHP (Great Harbor, Peter Island) and we sailed to Salt Island where we dove the RMS Rhone. We visited the bow, midships, and the stern. We did swim throughs in the bow and around the propeller in the stern. Salad McGhetto, Leil Katz, and I saw two eels (Sam’s group saw a spotted eagle ray). Then we sailed over to Cooper Island where we ate super delicioso deli sandwiches. We loafed for a bit, digesting our meal, and then went to dive the kissing wrecks, tug boat and barge, and ray cleaning station. It was amazing and Sam filmed us all with the rays that visited the station. We packed up and sailed back to GHP, where we had some slight anchor problems which were easily solved by Sam and Master Tri-Wizard aka Marina. We had our second scenario which we Pandas rocked with our socks off. Meghann and Nick played the part of unresponsive divers. For our next scenario the only thing we need to work on are our oxygen procedures, remembering to use two man CPR, and of course, BUENAS! Then we had Thanksgiving in the summer time which was prepared by our chefs, Salad and TJ, while Matt, Jero, Ryan, and Nathan did a full boat deckie. We had an emotional squeeze and there were some shenanigans while dishying. After dinner there was also the discovery of “the Thing” which was accomplished while not studying for our final rescue exam. That test takes place in 20 minutes. Thanks to McGhetto for the punniest blog title in the land and to Sam for the best french toast breakfast. Love and conditioner always, Eleni.

Posted: Wed, Aug 10, 2011

The Case of the Paranoid Shipmates

Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
Author: Nikki F.
Today we woke up to the amazing view of Sandy Spit until we made our way to West End. After a few hours on land, stocked with snacks for the next few days we set sail to GHP (Great Harbor, Peter Island). Our imaginative thinking got us through our fourth and final search and recovery dive. As we emerged from the water our staff member told us to keep our tanks set up if we had enough air for our night dive. We of course took those words as a hint towards a rescue scenario. We spent the next few hours thinking “any minute now, its going to happen,” and searching the water for divers. Nothing. During our meal shipmates attempted to take a peak off the bow, still no luck. Half way through dinner, a voice comes from over the radio announcing Ocean Star entering the bay. The ship honked their horn, letting us know they were here. After dinner we look forward to our first night dive of the session, but some are still searching the surface of the big blue for the cries of panicked divers.

Posted: Tue, Aug 9, 2011

The Hardy Boys (Staff) and the Mystery of the Treasure

Location: Sandy Spit
Author: Nathan
We woke up at 7:30 and had oatmeal and cereal. We then quickly prepared the boat and sailed off to Brewer’s Bay where we dove our third search and recovery dive. It was a really easy dive as we did a jack-stay pattern in two groups of 3 and 4. Visibility was magnificent as always and our target was easily located. After that we surfaced, broke down our gear and waited for lunch to be served. However a rescue scenario popped up as 2 of our staff members were “in danger after hunting for treasure in a cursed cave.” The scenario went very well and we had a great lunch of sandwiches and tortilla soup. After that we did a 30 minute dive at 70 feet at Shark Point. After we motored to Sandy Spit and then had a beach BBQ and bonfire. Later we did a trust falls, me and Patrick lifted the girls and Matt preformed the Mr. Wiggles.

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