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Coral Reef Ecology 101

May 30th, 2017 by Ally Marter |

This Island Times blog was contributed by Ally Marter, a Lead member of our SeaTrek BVI marine biology team.  Ally has been with SeaTrek for 4 years as a student, ShIP intern, and now as our Lead Biologist. She’s also a SeaTrek/NAUI Divemaster!   With a post card-perfect image such as this one (taken on […]

Not Goodbye, but See Ya Later!

July 21st, 2016 by Seatrek Staff |

Day 20 / July 5 – Today The FATHOMS students will pack their bags and meet up with the other program students for a fun night of socializing over pizza and a movie.  But before that it was time for one last dive all together at a site called “The Barracks.” I want to send my […]

Finishing FATHOMS Strong

July 21st, 2016 by Seatrek Staff |

Day 19 / July 4 – Well, it’s officially our last full day out on the water….and we started it off right with a student-led dive at the Indians near Norman Island. The students loved it and looked forward to a second dive after lunch. After the dives we did some more sailing. The staff are […]

Boat Life and Bubbly Pool

July 21st, 2016 by Seatrek Staff |

Day 18 / July 3 – Today we enjoyed some time sailing and just hanging out on our floating home, Outta Space. Then we spent some time working on our marine science project outlines and preparing for our course exam, which would be administered after dinner. We headed back to Jost Van Dyke for some recreation time […]

Adventure All Around

July 21st, 2016 by Seatrek Staff |

Day 17 / July 2 – Today we were up bright and early to get underway and dive one of the Caribbean’s very best wreck dives, the stern section of the R.M.S. Rhone. The site is also important because it helped to establish sport diving in the BVI.  It was also declared the Virgin Islands’ […]

More Wreck Diving and Marine Science Careers

July 21st, 2016 by Seatrek Staff |

Day 16 / July 1 – We woke up in Leverick Bay, topped off the water tanks and headed to Wreck Alley between Cooper and Salt Islands. We dove the Inganess wreck. As part of their Heritage Awareness Specialty course, students were given a few short tasks, including a sketch/description of the site, to complete […]

Coastal Cleanup and Duck Wars – Island Style!

July 21st, 2016 by Seatrek Staff |

Day 15 / June 30 – This morning we woke up and hiked the Savannah Saddle, a short hike from the leeward to the windward side of Virgin Gorda. Along the trail we discussed the physical, geological and biological differences between the two sides of the island. We explored a salt pond/mud flat area and […]

Wreck Diving: The Airplane

July 21st, 2016 by Seatrek Staff |

Day 14 / June 29 – I continue to be amazed at the amount of fun AND learning we are able to cram into a single day, and today was no exception. We woke up early and headed to dive The Airplane wreck at George Dog Island. Today was the first dive included in our […]

Diving, Shore Time and More!

July 21st, 2016 by Seatrek Staff |

Day 13 / June 28 – After a morning discussion/activity on plankton, algal blooms and water quality, students prepped for a dive at a unique site called Catacombs, located on Great Camanoe Island. After the dive we headed to Trellis Bay to meet back up with Aragorn, the farmer we met earlier in the week. […]

Living FATHOMS to the Fullest!

July 20th, 2016 by Seatrek Staff |

Day 12 / June 27 – We got today started off just right with an amazing dive at Diamond Reef, a Marine Protected Area between Tortola and Marina Cay. We saw a ton of fish and different coral species in this area that is one of the BVI’s healthiest coral reefs. The students practiced a […]

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