Location: West End
The last ten days on Love Of My Life have flown by all too quickly and the end of our time together is now pressing against us. So much has happened it’s hard to believe that it’s been less than two weeks since our last update. We now have 13 newly certified rescue divers on board after the completion of our final scenario this morning where they all showed off their new skills by successfully rescuing two non-responsive and two panicked divers in a very difficult rescue simulation. I’m so impressed by how far they’ve come since they first joined us 21 days ago, as they have all grown so immensely both as divers and as people. The past two days Blair and I have completely stepped back and watched our crew slip moorings, plot courses, raise sail, and take us from island to island without missing a beat. They are truly a team that can fully operate our 46ft. Floating home. Jimmy and Fritz are always anxious to tackle any challenge I throw at them, while Izzy doesn’t seem to be content unless she can get her hands on the helm. Today, with Izzy working as our fearless skipper, we put the perfect exclamation point on our voyage by winning the Dive Side Cup in our race from Road Town to Norman Island. Emma may be the sweetest person I have ever met and is always helping out and brightening everyone’s day. Frankie is always working to improve her skills, whether it’s proving her worth in the Rescue course, or practicing Tae Kwon Do on the bow. Lili and Aaron always seem to do everything right in our rescue scenarios, and were even more impressive in the written exams, both acing their tests. Nico, our resident salsa instructor, has also led us with some impressive squeeze questions after dinner, teaching us the importance of having the “me” moments. Caleigh has been an awesome help with everything on board, always finding a way to move things along, and Charlotte has become our resident dinghy captain, ferrying the group around when we head to shore. Max has been the point man in most rescue scenarios, one of the first in the water with snorkel gear to start controlling the scene, and Oscar is quick to follow as our first diver to hit the water and help with problems underwater, while Susie controls the scene on the surface and makes sure emergency services is contacted and that we have all the relevant information recorded and ready to go with the patients. That’s the beauty of Love Of My Life, where everyone is contributing to our program in one way or another. It has been an incredible trip, and I can only hope that all of our students will leave with the fond memories that I know I will have.