Hey followers! Sesno the PD here to give you an update on the amazing activities that our students are participating in! This morning Max, Zach, Gabriel and Patrick and I worked through our second day of underwater skills in the open water SCUBA course with our divemaster/mate Renee helping out. Lily W., Annabelle, Kate and Matteo continued on their course as well with their own French instructor, Mickeal. Although both groups were only in shallow water, we were still able to see some amazing things, such as a large group of squid! While we were below sea level, the other crew members were getting experience small boat sailing on Opal Bella, mastering the stand up paddle boards, exploring the reefs, and charging through the waters on kayaks. After a delicious lunch of pasta salad, we dropped the ball at the Cooper Island Mooring field for extensive sailing practice to our destination on Peter Island. We worked on downwind sailing with plenty of opportunity to jibe and also went over the right of way rules. Once we were stationed back on our mooring ball with our secondary tied, we all jumped in for our infamous ocean showers. We had a delicious dinner of chicken stirfry, and even though rice is determined to fit itself in every crack and crevice of a boat, we scrubbed both boats clean until they shined! During our boat meeting, we went over the Full Value Contract, an agreement that everyone contributes to in order to establish what each student wants to maintain on the boat, such as honesty and respect, and what should stay off the boat, like hurtful words and negativity. Each student, captain and mate signed the contract in agreement. After a long day of activities and sailing, we all settled in for a relatively early night and a peaceful sleep on the beautiful Caribbean sea, with dreams of another amazing day tomorrow!
The greatest challenge during the program was staying entertained during the quarantine period. Not being able to leave your boat and not having a phone, which was a crutch against boredom, it was difficult at first to stay entertained.