BVI: Session 2 - Portlandia
Posted: Tue, Jul 11, 2017
Our First Dive
Location: Savanna Bay, Virgin Gorda
Today we woke up super early. We had breakfast at 7 am, then went diving and the Vega students did their confined water dive. The Carina’s first dove in small groups so the instructors could see what they knew. After, they did a navigation dive. They were very happy because they got to see two turtles. They had lunch and relaxed a little bit. Next, we went waterskiing and windsurfing. For dinner, Mike came over. We had a great chat and finished off with a card game.
Posted: Mon, Jul 10, 2017
A Long Day!
Location: Savanna Bay, Virgin Gorda
Today we awoke early and as the sun rose into the sky we got ready for breakfast. Soon after everyone finished we set sail for Savanna Bay. Over the six-hour sail, our skipper Emma taught us a lot. We learned about sailing circles and the different points of sail. Once we reached our destination we attempted to anchor the boat about four times, but finally, we settled. It was time to get in the water! We were all so hot and tired from a long day on the boat. We all jumped in and cooled off. We decided to switch gears and focus on scuba diving. Mike taught us how to set up our dive gear, which frankly was a bit confusing, but we got it after a bit. And as the sun set, we ate our delicious meal. We will finish the day with a scuba talk and some sound sleep in the hammocks. Can’t wait for tomorrow’s day of watersports!
Posted: Sun, Jul 9, 2017
Starting Off With a Bang!
Today we woke up early at the dock at West End. Almost everyone got minimal sleep but we started with a balanced breakfast of cereal and fruit, mostly apples. Then we sat down to hear Mike, the director, talk about rules and safety. Then we left the dock and I, the skipper, sailed the boat to Norman Island and we did laps around the boat and also treaded water for ten minutes for the swim test. Then we took a dinghy to another ActionQuest boat called Sailing Curls. It is the dive boat of the group. We then went snorkeling in a cave, which was very enjoyable. Then we took the dinghy back and showered and prepared dinner. We feasted on sloppy joes because we were famished from all of the swimming. To finish off the day we all watched the sunset together. Now Im sitting in the cabin surrounded by my new friends. Signing out!
Posted: Sat, Jul 8, 2017
Portlandia Staff Update Day 1
As our hours of prep work come to a close, the crew of Portlandia is busy putting the finishing touches on our boat and turning her into our own little home. We’ve made the beds, organized all the delicious food, and as our first shipmates trundle down the dock with their duffel bags, we can hardly contain our excitement. We are ready for a whirlwind adventure with a myriad of moments full of sunshine and laughter. We can’t wait to see how we come together as a team, and how these next three weeks unfold.
Here is an introduction to the crew of Portlandia:
Emmanuelle was born in rural Vermont, and from a young age has been involved in environmental conservation and education. After catching the sailing bug on a Seamester program in 2015, Emma pursued an RYA Yachtmaster Offshore certification, Wilderness First Responder certification, and has worked with GoBeyond in Ecuador and the BVI. She looks forward to her first summer with ActionQuest and sharing a love of sailing and adventure with her students. When not sailing, Emma can be found hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, or enjoying a hammock and a nice cup of tea.
Mike- Dive Instructor/Mate
Mike is from Newton, Massachusetts, and developed his love for the ocean during summer on Cape Cod as a kid. He became scuba certified in Gloucester, MA, where he realized exactly how cold the water in New England could get. He graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a B.S. in Marine Biology, during which he got his Rescue certification while studying abroad in Bonaire, and discovered the joy of warm water diving. Mike worked as a teacher’s aide in his hometown of Newton for two years after graduating, after which he traveled to Utila, Honduras to get his divemaster and instructor certifications. When he is at home, he plays Ultimate frisbee in his free time, as well as canoeing in the Charles River.
Ashley- dive instructor/mate
Ashley was born and raised on the coast of New Jersey, where her passion for the sea first blossomed. During her sophomore year at Roger Williams in Rhode Island, she studied abroad with Sea|mester, where she sailed from the BVI to Tahiti on Argo. After graduating with a degree in marine biology she worked onboard New Jerseys official tall ship A. J. Meerwald, and has most recently spent time on Ocean Star during her refit period in Antigua. Her favorite animal is the sea turtle and she cant wait to be in the BVI and diving with them again!