Location: West End, Tortola
It’s amazing how quickly time flies here in the British Virgin Islands. The Blue Venture staff is surprised and dismayed that its already time for the session to start wrapping up. A bit paradoxically, however, it also feels as if we’ve been sailing together for far longer than sixteen days. We’ve been lucky to have such an upbeat, fun-loving crew of shipmates. We only hope that we’ve been able to make their journey as memorable as ours has been! We’ve made great progress as a crew over the past few days. Our Neptunes, Marco, Luis, Maddie, and Quinlin, have been working hard towards their wreck diver specialty certification. They recently completed the certification dive of the course on the Inganous, a tugboat wreck off of Blue Chromis Reef. They’re now permitted to plan and execute their penetration dives. In their downtime, the Neptunes have been fine-tuning their watersports skills. Marco and Luis, more advanced wakeboarders have been working on their tricks and helping out Quin and Maddie as they are working to stand up on the board for the very first time. Dolphins Jessica, Aaron, Erin, Will, Alex, and Alexander have turned their attention towards becoming certified science research divers and working on their marine biology projects. We’re excited to hear their presentations. One group has been surveying mooring line reef communities. Another has been studying sea fan growth at depth. When not working on their projects, our Dolphins have been up to various other pursuits. Jessica and Erin have been taking some beautiful photos with the program’s SeaLife underwater cameras. Aaron and Alex helped lead Blue Venture to victory over Mambo and Laurasia in our annual Caribbean Triple Crown Challenge. Will found his niche as a kickball outfielder while Alexander has been exploring his interest in marine biology and debating whether or not to pursue it in the future. All in all, it has been an unforgettable session-from the diving and the sailing to destroying all competitors in inter-boat dance-offs. Blue Venturers, if you’re reading this, thanks for a great session. -Love, your staff.