BVI: Session 2 - Sailing Curls

Posted: Tue, Jul 11, 2017

First Dives! (and Rotation Day)

Location: Savanna Bay, Virgin Gorda
Author: Matthew B.
Today was the best so far and quite fantastic, exciting, and awesome. We started off the day with oatmeal, which was for the first time this session. After a nice breakfast, we got ready for our first rotation day, which consisted of windsurfing, diving, watersports, and dinghy driving. We started the checkout dive at 30ish feet just to go over the basic to make sure everybody knows what they’re doing. From there we switched out our tanks for our second dive for our navigation part of our advanced certification, on which we saw a few turtles and a lot of coral, but not much else. After that, we came back to the boat for the tuna salad lunch. After that, we went to windsurfing on the beach. Everybody had a hard time figuring it out at first, but then most people really got the hang of it and were doing quite well. From there we headed over to dinghy driving and watersports. Many people water skied and wakeboarded and kneeboarded. This lasted for quite a long time but somehow felt really short. We finished off the day with a chili dinner and a Lifeworks Forum with Mike. That was the day of Sailing Curls.

Posted: Mon, Jul 10, 2017

Longest Sail Day

Location: Savanna Bay, Virgin Gorda
Author: Nelson A.
Today was definitely a tiring yet exciting day. Most of us woke up at 6:30 and witnessed a one of a kind view. The breeze was gentle and so was the sunlight. We started the day with a briefing and shortly after we began sailing. Despite being sleepy, the snorkel woke us up. We swam over the skeleton of a plane. Later on, we practiced our sailing maneuvers and had some delicious homemade sandwiches. We drove our way to Savanna Bay and surprisingly it took us an hour to set our anchor. It was worth it since we got to swim and cool off.

Posted: Sun, Jul 9, 2017

First Snorkel of The Sesh

Location: August A.
Author: The Bight, Norman Island
We started off the day with a wakeup at 7 in the morning. For breakfast, we had cereal and iced tea aka The Breakfast of Champions. Around 8:30 we had to start leaving for Pussers, for Mikes big talk. He taught us all about AQ, GoBeyond, and Seamester, and what their missions were for us. He also told us lots about hygiene and the rules of AQ. After the speech, we prepared for our departure towards The Caves, where we did our first snorkel of the session. When I pulled off the dock it was very cloudy and looked like it was about to rain. When we pulled around the corner though it was clear skies for miles! We used the motor to reach The Caves and it took around an hour to get there. We all snorkeled for 20 minutes and swam while the other boats snorkeled. Now were posted up in The Bight and are about to have a scuba chat.

Posted: Sat, Jul 8, 2017

Sailing Curls Staff Update Day 1

Its here! Gwen, Kelly, and Austin are anticipating a fantastic 2nd session with 12 shipmates coming aboard. Were so excited to be sailing around the BVI; sharing our oceans and experiences in our new home for the next 3 weeks, Sailing Curls. Both Carinas and Barracudas will be taking to our activities of Advanced Open Water diving with the certifications in night diving, boat diving, and fish identification! Well also be sailing around, learning both basic and advanced techniques where the shipmates will showcase their newfound skills as they guide us around the Caribbean on this expedition. Were ready to meet the crew and become a family, learning together, growing together and being a part of these amazing weeks to come!

Here is an introduction to the crew of Sailing Curls:

Gwen- Skipper/WFR

Born in New England and raised in an active family, Gwen became a water sports enthusiast early in life. Surprisingly she was not introduced to sailing until she spent a semester in the Caribbean aboard Seamster’s S/Y Ocean Star. After a life-changing experience with Seamester, Gwen joined the ActionQuest/Go Beyond team as a Wilderness First Responder (WFR) in 2014. Since then, Gwen has earned her Master of Yachts 200ton certificate and she returns for her fourth summer with ActionQuest as a skipper and a WFR. When she is not at ActionQuest, Gwen lives in Vermont where she works in a ski shop and reaps the benefits of living seasonally.

Kelly- Dive Instructor/Mate/WFR

Kelly grew up landlocked in St. Louis, Missouri. She found her passion for travel and adventure while studying abroad in high school and college. After graduating from the University of Arkansas, Kelly moved to Sarasota, Florida to work full-time with the ActionQuest admissions team. Since moving to Florida she has earned her Master of Yachts 200ton, PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer, and Wilderness First Responder Certifications. This will be Kelly’s fourth summer in the British Virgin Islands and she is thrilled to show her students the BVI both above and below the water. She will, however, be missing her fiance, Zach, and their two puppies Maggie and Penny, but she wouldnt have it any other way!

Austin- Dive Instructor/Mate

Austin is a passionate sailing and scuba instructor. He is from the beautiful Charleston, South Carolina and attended the College of Charleston. With 4 years of being a student, 1 as a staff member at ActionQuest, and 1 semester sailing on Ocean Star with Seamester, he has the knowledge to create the perfect summer experience for any student.

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