Races and Olympics

July 7, 2018

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(NB should have been updated June 20th) Day 12 and our sailors had a busy day of activity ahead of them. Today was Race Day. All four boats had to up anchor at 0915 and at 0945 we were expected to turn our motors off, raise both sails to race to Long Bay. Our monohull […]

The hyperbaric chamber

July 7, 2018

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The hyperbaric chamber is a place no diver ever wants to be sent. It’s a confined, airtight capsule that is pressurised to a specific depth to try to rebalance a diver who is suffering decompression sickness (DCS). Last Friday night. (July 29) I watched a colleague go through this ordeal for five hours. We were […]

Winding down and gearing up

June 22, 2018

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The last three weeks have taken some adjusting. A different pace, environment, social circle and living conditions. So far I’ve enjoyed working with the teenagers during my Early Alpha programme. Some individuals needed more time and attention than others but on the whole they were well behaved and did listen. Maybe it’s because I’m 20 […]

Challenge Day

June 20, 2018

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It’s the day that gave me the most anxiety when I went through staff training. Our catamaran was handed over to us to sail after just three days at sea. Thank goodness for my team who clearly had a better idea of what was going on than me. The veteran staff also decided to make […]

Man Over Board

June 20, 2018

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It’s a scenario no one on a moving vessel wants at sea. Safety is key especially with kids. We drum it in everyday: Three points of contact when moving around the boat. Stay out of the “triangle of death” – the area below the boom which can swing, hard and fast. And the Man Over […]

Tera firma

June 20, 2018

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She emerged from the water, head first. Her hair bleached blonde from the sun. Still wearing her mask and snorkel she reached her hands out of the water and handed me her black fins, beaming. Gripping the handles of the stepladder she climbed slowly, setting foot onto the boat stumbling forward like a toddler uneasy […]

VISAR – Virgin Island Search And Rescue

June 14, 2018

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The scream came suddenly. The high pitched shrill echoed through the boat. “Aghhhhhhhhhh…..CURTIS!!!! Someone help him. Currrrtis, are you ok?”. Followed by hysterical crying. We’d just returned from diving and had taken our ocean showers. All of us rushed to the top deck and peered anxiously through one of the small hatches leading to the […]