Location: West End, Tortola
It’s so hard to believe a short 20 days ago the Squeaky brat crew was just getting to know one another. Now, were back in West End as a tight knit family. The staff is ecstatic to share that all of the students successfully earned their PADI Open Water Diver certifications. That’s not all though, Squeaky B is also proud that all twelve shipmates additionally passed their IYT sailing exams, giving them their International Crew Certification. We hope that our students use their new certifications to open a window of opportunities moving forward. The hard work and long hours paid off for our dedicated crew and we couldn’t be more proud of them. Since day 1, the students have been moving practically non-stop. They completed their confined and open water dives necessary for their PADI certification. This enabled us to all gather for a fun dive at the world-renowned RMS Rhone at Salt Island. It is a favorite among staff and divers across the island, so it was special to be able to share this incredible wreck dive with our twelve new certified open water divers. From turtles, stingrays, and swim throughs, the dive was definitely a top moment of the trip. Matt, Marissa, Santiago, and Lina were super excited about a massive Barracuda they spotted by the wreck. Another excitement of the past week has been the sail races we’ve participated in among the ActionQuest vessels. Ryan got the crew excited for our first race with some pumpin jamz. We got off to a great start with our first two races led by our skipper Charles. Although we struggled to stay ahead, the whole crew had a great time sticking to the high side of the boat and cruising upwards of 7 knots. However, it was our last race where we truly shined. Edging ahead of several vessels, with David at the helm we couldn’t be stopped. Coming in fourth, we hit a personal record of 9 knots, CRAZY speed for Squeaky B history. We also participated in man overboard drills as a part of the practical test of their IYT training. Ethan and others dominated at rescuing Barbara our passenger (fender) overboard in record time with controlled tacks and excellent sail trim. As our trip has come to an end, we’ve had a lot of bonding dinner conversations and squeezes. Anna, Annika, and Isabel made the whole boat brownies AND banana muffins to enjoy as dessert as the whole boat took time to reflect on the past three weeks. We then got to listen to Allegra introduce us to her phenomenal singing skills as the sun set on another wonderful night in the BVI. It’s been the fastest three weeks and we are so saddened to say goodbye to our Squeaky B family. We wish we all had more time together but we cant wait to send back our talented shipmates to their respective homes filled with new skills and attributes that will hopefully positively shape their lives for years to come.
Love & Squeeze & Forever Forty Knots
Casey, Annie, & David