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Alpha 1 & Delta 1, Day 6: Diving and Dock Time

By wpdev July 1, 2019
Written by Julian Reda
Edited by Meredith Evridge

The day started with an early wake up in the beautiful Little Harbour, Peter Island.  Looking out on the incredibly beautiful mooring field, we admired the wide open space filled with streaks of azure and gold. After a fun breakfast of french toast – or french bagels, depending on what each cupboard offered, all divers went to the dive boat. Greeting their dive instructors who by this time had a rapport with their group of students, the Open Water students finished their first Open Water training dive. The fun divers went to the backside of Cooper, enjoying the feeling of returning to this underwater world. It had begun to feel second nature!

Back on the boats, it was about that time again — for pre-departure checks.  Each boat went through the to-do list quickly and efficiently. As captains and mates know, there is nothing like everyone on the boat knowing exactly what their jobs are and how to carry them out well! Then, it was an up-anchoring to head for Nanny Cay. Upon arrival, there was a deep clean. This was followed by a strict cleaning inspection by our Fleet Captain.  Once boats had been determined sufficiently shiny inside and out, the students then had free time at the marina. The staff were stationed at the pool, the beach and the shops in the marina village, everyone appreciating the space to walk around without bumping into others. That’s life on a boat! There was also a supermarket full of good snacks to share, along with a dive shop and even a chandlery.

Later in the evening, the students had an hour of phone time. Parents were phoned and Instagram was updated. Once all had reported making contact with their homes, it was time for showers and dinner prep. We had a QNOB (quiet night on board) and a boat meeting.

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.