Thursday, December 25, 2008
Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukah, Happy Kwanzaa and Happy Holidays!
Friends and family of Small Hope celebrated the holidays today with our annual Christmas feast! The chefs outdid themselves again with a huge meal, including TWENTY desserts!!
We here at Small Hope Bay Lodge wish you and yours a very merry holiday and a Happy New Year! Pin It Now!
Saturday, December 20, 2008
It's that time of year again -- time to go Christmas tree hunting! The Small Hope Elves headed out into the pine yard to find the perfect tree to grace the main area of the Lodge. Brian, Alvin, Christian and Amanda played elves and headed out into the forest to find their tree. It took a couple of hours but finally the perfect Andros pine made it back to the Lodge to be decorated by the staff at the Small Hope Staff Christmas party. Pin It Now!
Saturday, December 6, 2008
Divemaster Dennis got this great footage from a "turtle's eye view" while diving at the Giant Staircase. You can see the Caribbean Reef Shark and a couple of Nassau Groupers in the background. The green turtle stayed around for most of the dive, much to the enjoyment of our divers! Pin It Now!
Monday, December 1, 2008
Friday, November 28, 2008
The day began with a picture perfect sunrise. The divers all headed out the Ocean Blue Hole and Lieben's Point for a morning of great diving.
Since our divers had been here and diving for a couple of days, they were game for a game. Norm, Conor, Duane and Kim took part in the First Annual Small Hope Bay Lodge Underwater Turkey Bowl, along with Divemasters Amanda, Loren, Ashley and Dennis. It was a tight game of flag football using the Toypedo as a ball but the Hammerheads managed to pull a win out against the Fighting Devil Rays, thanks to a clutch "run" by Duane. Check out the entire video here!
After we had all worked up a healthy appetite, it was time to enjoy our Thanksgiving feast. Once again, our chefs outdid themselves with four main entrees, delicious sides and SIXTEEN desserts! The Lodge hosts dinners like this four times a year (the other three are at Christmas, New Years and Easter) and all the staff, guests and discerning members of the community were very enthusiastic about their meal (especially the chocolate mousse!)
Presentations were done after dinner as usual with the addition of presenting the trophy to the winners of the Turkey Bowl. Loren, the captain of the victorious Hammerheads, accepted the trophy on behalf of his team (Duane, Conor and Dennis). Duane "The Destroyer" Romanello was awarded the MVP award for scoring the only touchdown in the game.
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Monday, November 24, 2008
- 18 and over
- Great attitude
- Ability to adapt to different jobs
- Great interpersonal skills
- Good swimming abilities
Diving experience and certification are a bonus but not necessary. If you have the right attitude, we'll give you all the training you will need!
Small Hope internships give you experience in not only diving and watermanship but you will also leave with a great working knowledge of the hospitality industry as a whole.
Apply for internship at email@example.com. Write us a letter telling us about you and why you would make a great intern. Application deadline is April 1, 2009.
In 2008, we had three interns, Seicha, Tanya and Hayley.
Seicha is a sophomore at Brown University studying linguistics. She is a native Androsian who was raised in and around the water by her parents, Tim and Beth. Seicha has worked at SHBL since she was 13 and started summer interning after she moved to the States for high school. Seicha became a PADI Divemaster when she turned 18.
Tanya is a sophomore at Amherst University majoring in theater and dance. She has been coming to SHBL with her family for years and has been an intern since she was 16. Tanya has completed her training through Divemaster.
Hayley came in as our youngest intern this year. She is a sophomore in high school in Louisville, KY. She has been coming to SHBL with her family for years. Hayley worked her way through her Advanced Open Water certification this year and will hopefully move on to Rescue next summer.
The interns work hard helping out the regular staff but everyone gets to have fun. We take our jobs very seriously but as you can see from the video below (a clip of a video that Tanya made at the end of the summer this year), sometimes we just have to cut loose and dance!
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Monday, November 17, 2008
SHBL was recently visited by Lost Girl, Jen Baggett, as she and friend, Mark, took a "field trip" down to Andros for the pop culture travel site, Jaunted.com. Check out the first of the series of posts here and keep an eye on Jaunted for the next week for the rest of the series.
As for Jen, we hope to see her back here soon. Our jam sessions are missing her harmonic talents immensely (and Mark's input on our playlist is also sorely missed!)
Lost Girl Jen and Divemaster Amanda at Shark Emporium Pin It Now!
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
that is native to Andros. He's been at Small Hope since he was a puppy that followed one of our kitchen staff to work every day. Rex was adopted by Divemasters Loren and Amanda when they joined the staff in April of 2008.
Rex enjoys laying in the sand, crab hunting in the lagoon and along the beach, wading in Davis Creek, and belly rubs. He has also been known to follow bike riders to Captain Bill's Blue Hole.
Photo: Mike Jones
Meet Sarah, aka Sare Bear, Beara, or Sarah Bear-Bear, Small Hope's newest addition to the family. Sarah was living down by Davis Creek with her companion, a Great Dane names Andros, when Andros was adopted by SHBL guests and taken on an adventure to New York City. Sarah eventually started hanging out around the Lodge and once again, Divemasters Loren and Amanda adopted a dog (they're dog people!). Sarah is very sweet and a little timid and can usually be found waiting at the end of the dock for her people to come back from the dive. She enjoys crab hunting with Rex, soft ear scratches and laying on Amanda's yoga mat.
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Sunday, November 9, 2008
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Giorgio Brancaleoni, a divemaster from Italy who recently visited us sent us this phenomenal shot of a Caribbean Reef Shark.
Jim Cribb, a repeat guest sent some pictures from his visit in May with Sheila, Lynn and Ashley and his visit in October.
From left to right : Ashley, Divemaster Amanda, and Sheila showing off their Androsia pareos and a little leg!
Below : Jim snapped a picture of Divemaster Amanda doing her thing with video
Right : Divemaster Loren getting photographed photographing Atlantic
Spadefish at the Ocean Blue Hole Pin It Now!
Monday, October 27, 2008
Friday, October 10, 2008
Today marks the start of the 49th season of Small Hope Bay Lodge. Our first guests are due to arrive any minute and we are off to the races!
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
The Whale Boys made up this tribute for Skeebo in appreciation for his awesome divemastering ten or so years ago that resulted in the Boys seeing a humpback whale swimming in the Tongue of the Ocean. Randy managed to get a snap of it and brought it to show off at the Lodge during the spring.
We know where Skeebo is and we miss him dearly but we are still looking for that whale! Pin It Now!
Monday, September 22, 2008
Preparations for the 2008 - 2009 season are continuing in earnest while we enjoy the calm and sunny days! The dive staff is hard at work doing all the annual maintenance on the dive equipment and boats and the maintenance staff are spiffing up the lodge and cabins with new coats of paint and varnish. We can't wait to see all of our beloved guests again!
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Thursday, September 18, 2008
In case you didn't know, the cute little girl on Small Hope's beach is Tracy and Skeebo's daughter, Mia. Tracy, Skeebo, Mia, Mariah, and Harrington have just moved to Tracy's hometown of Lowell, Massachusetts. Tracy is working part-time for Small Hope assisting with our Bookeeping and Marketing efforts.
We hope to see you on Andros soon! Pin It Now!
Monday, September 8, 2008
Saturday, September 6, 2008
Small Hope pups, Rex and Sarah, took advantage of the calm water to go crab hunting.
Hurricane Ike looks like it will take a turn to the south and miss Andros Island for the most part. We are still in full hurricane preparation mode in case Ike decides to turn but for today at least, we are clear. Pin It Now!
Friday, September 5, 2008
Hanna passed us by last night with a little wind and a little rain but all in all, we are in the clear from that storm.
Even the creatures are coming back out:
We are definitely keeping a close eye on Hurricane Ike and will know more about the path of the storm as the weekend progresses. We'll keep everyone advised! Have a great weekend! Pin It Now!
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
All is still well on the Bay. Hurricane Hanna has been downgraded back to a Tropical Storm and is hanging out around Haiti trying to make up her mind which direction she is going to go. We are on hurricane watch as Hanna is supposed to regain hurricane strength by tomorrow but everything is fine for now! Pin It Now!
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
We woke up this morning to a little high wind, which is probably still not from Hurricane Hanna. Everything still looks good at Small Hope Bay!
Thanks to all of our friends for their good wishes and thoughts! We appreciate you all. Pin It Now!
Monday, September 1, 2008
It's a windy day today on the Bay but not from Hurricane Hanna. It looks like we may seen some rain and wind tonight or tomorrow from the hurricane as it approaches us from the east.
The last guests of the season checked out already so we are battening down the hatches and getting ready! Pin It Now!
Sunday, August 31, 2008
Hurricane Gustav passed Andros in the west and Tropical Storm Hanna is approaching us from the Northeast but the track is supposed to continue to the NE and it is possible that all we will see is some wind and rain.
We are getting ready to close for September to do maintenance so hopefully the rain won't get in the way of our painting! Pin It Now!
Friday, August 29, 2008
Has fun together!
The Rudolfs, Chris, Nanette, and Max came down and spent a week diving with us at SHBL. They saw sharks, turtles, and played some underwater football with the dive staff. The Rudolfs also trekked out to Captain Bill's Blue Hole and spent an enjoyable afternoon jumping off of the platform into the water. Pin It Now!
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
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Sunday, August 17, 2008
The eldest Birch children all stopped in to have lunch at Small Hope today and said "Hello!" to all of our big Small Hope family. They hope to see you all soon! Pin It Now!
We are operating business as usual, which means the dive boat is heading out for another gorgeous dive!