Location: West End, Tortola
As we spend our last night out on the water in the Bight on Norman Island, we reflect on the whirlwind that was the past 20 days onboard Rangitoto Too. It has been so amazing to watch this group take ownership of their experience. Watching our 15 year olds, Bruce, Ryan, Michael, and Brandon, plan our and navigate their dives successfully without always having an instructor in the water gives Rachael, Alisa, and I a strong sense of pride. All of our younger students have equally grown as divers and their levels of independence have greatly improved. Alisa always surfaces from her dives with Brooke, Gaby, Carmela, and Meriel and brags about their on-point buoyancy and clear communication. Reese and Alina spend a lot of time reading about the local marine life, and have the extra enthusiasm when seeing a particular species of fish or coral later in the day on a dive. Keally and Connor are always keen to make a detailed dive plan, and are able to execute it without much help from Rachael. All in all, the diving that happened this session was excellent and we could not be more proud of these twelve new advanced divers. The real magic however, had been being able to step back and essentially let our shipmates take the helm (both metaphorically and literally) and essentially letting them run the boat. In 21 days, 15 strangers came together and became a family-like unit that lived, laughed and learned together. Rachael, Alisa, and I are sad to see this group go, but we will be smiling about all the memories made with this group all summer long.