Michelle and Tommy showing off their official expedition t-shirts!
Amid all of the expedition preparation, tonight we took some time to reflect on what still lies ahead of us: a ten-day expedition aboard a research vessel in the Bahamas. As a group, we all spoke about what we were most excited about and also got a chance to share anything we were nervous about. Here are some of the things that we shared:
WHAT ARE YOU MOST EXCITED ABOUT?
Sleeping on a boat, tasting new foods, seeing the fish and the water—everything! –Denise
Diving in general and growing closer to everyone over 10 days! –Dina
Night diving, meeting Bahamian teens and a week away from technology (like cell phones) –Lulu
Everything but especially the food! –Chris
Being in a new environment—the Bahamas! –Libna
Getting there and experiencing a new place! –Jess
Getting away from the city air and “chillin with the wind in my face” in the Bahamas! –Porshai
My first time on a plane, on a boat, being in another country and swimming in the ocean! –Lee
Everything! Just excited to get to be in the program and get to this point! –Josh
When I heard about night diving, I was like “ahhhh” (in a good way). And being away from my life in Boston –Michelle
All the SCUBA and night diving! –Tommy
The reactions on everyone’s faces as they experience the Bahamas! –Mike, Divemaster
Having the teens meet the ship and it’s Captains! –Sarah, Expedition Leader
Watching how teens adapt to a new environment! And experiencing a beautiful island together! –Jenna
New experiences for everyone and sharing this big adventure together! -Dave
WHAT ARE YOU MOST NERVOUS ABOUT?
Being on the boat during a natural disaster. –Denise
The night dive. –Dina, Chris
Having my SCUBA gear fall off in the ocean. –Libna
Being homesick for my mother, father and brother. –Porshai
Everything, bust especially forgetting to pack something important like SCUBA mask or passport. –Lee
The plane. And using the ship’s bathroom and breaking it. –Josh, Michelle
Telling my coach I’ll be out of the country. –Tommy
That teens forget their passports. –Jenna
Sharing what has been on our minds was really helpful. Lots of excitement and some common concerns. The best part is that we will experience all of this together! And you can share with us by following our blog! See you in the Bahamas!
–Dave and the entire Sea TURTLE 2011 team