written by Program Director, Beta Eaton
July 9, 2018
Our entire crew awoke on docks at Hodges Creek Marina this morning! Some of our group hadn’t seen their boats in daylight due to their late arrivals the night before. We spent the morning visiting the dive shop for snorkel equipment and diving materials, learning about all the systems on our boats, and getting to know one another better. As Tropical Storm Beryl passed many miles to the south of the BVI, she still brought higher winds and rains than preferred, which unfortunately kept us at docks for the day. It was definitely better to be there because the group spent time bonding and exploring the island in the back of an open-air pickup truck tour! When the truck tours were over, the students got ice cream at the famous La Dolce Vida shop in Roadtown.
Back on docks, the Open Water divers started to familiarize themselves with their dive gear. With our friendly dive instructors, students learned how to connect their BCD, tank, and regulator. The divers also reviewed their learning prior to their first dive on the beach. Soon enough, they’ll be fully certified divers for life!
As Day 2 wound down, the boats made their first dinner onboard. Meal time is an incredibly important part of Sail Caribbean, where we get to catch up with one another and share experiences from the day. Over delicious burritos, students learned more about each other’s background and shared stories of what brought them to SC in the first place. Tomorrow, we will get off docks and head out on our first sail to feel the beauty of Sir Francis Drake Channel and sailing through the BVIs.
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.