Location: West End, Tortola
We’ve just wrapped up an incredible session on Orka Tew. As sad as we are to see our shipmates leave their AQ home, we are excited for them to return home with their new knowledge, skills, and friendships. The Neptunes all experienced a fast-paced and intensive dive program, each earning their advanced open water certifications along with five specialties. They dove wrecks and reefs both at night and day. They advanced their skills in underwater awareness and buoyancy, and we’re so proud of the huge progress they all made as divers! The Dolphins joined us on our many underwater journeys but took a different approach as they investigated the marine biology aspect of diving, their work culminating in the design, execution, and presentation of their research project. They became experts at identifying species underwater and dissecting species above water. Despite all the work that each student has put in for their programs, we found ample time for relaxing, playing, sailing, and most importantly enjoying each others company. The diverse and talented group of shipmates made the boat a special and exciting place to be. As much as we helped the shipmates learn, they taught us so much more. We schemed clever pranks (some worked out better than others), learned something about modern-day economics, and (for better or worse) learned every word to “On A Roll.” This trip has had nonstop fun and laughs both above and below the surface.
Together, we enjoyed the sunsets, sunrises, wave, and stars. We will not forget our crazy squeeze ending, beach dinner, dance parties, and all the good chats on the hardtop. We are so thankful to have had such a wonderful group of shipmates, and we wish them the best with their future endeavors. This boat will certainly not be the same next session without the bright energy of every shipmate heading home today. We’ve already said it – but if we could keep you all another session we would in a heartbeat!