written by Mate-In-Training, Andrew Dyer
July 12, 2017
Today, we woke bright and early for our first full day of diving for the divers in the group. We had a yummy buffet breakfast before the divers headed out to complete their confined water dives 1-3. Meanwhile, the non-divers headed to the beach for some beach volleyball, stand up paddle boarding, sea kayaking, shop time and relaxing time. After a activity-filled morning on the beach (and a morning underwater for the divers), we headed back to boats for some Chicken Caeser wraps.
Before long, the divers were heading back out for their final skill dives of the day while the non divers met on Grand Plaisance III (GP3) for a marine biology lesson on coral. After the lesson, we took the dinghies out of the bay to a beautiful snorkel site called The Caves. There, we spent the afternoon exploring the clear waters and the shallow caves at the site. After the snorkel, we headed back to collect the divers and start on an early dinner, to ensure we made it back to shore before sunset, for a sunset hike!
We started the sunset hike with enough time to play three games on the helicopter pad at the top before watching the sun sink below the islands. After returning for the hike, we had boat meeting on the beach, where we did the human knot and “what I like about us.” Not long after returning to boats for the evening, the rain began and we hunkered in for a stormy night, an exciting change to the usual still hot nights we have had so far.
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.