August 10, 2016
The day started off early with a delicious breakfast to get our energy high and power up for the day ahead. We were still at the Bight on Norman Island and after breakfast, our Open Water divers left for the morning to continue working towards to their certifications. The rest of us went to shore for a hike up to the helipad! Once we reached the top, we reveled in the amazing views and breeze and then played ‘oh captain, my captain’ and ‘entourage’. It was a great way for everyone to get to know each other better and we all had a ball!
When we finished hiking back down, we relaxed on the beach with some watersports. The Advanced Open Water divers then left to dive and we continued to relax waiting for the Open Water divers to finish up their skills. Once they did, we returned to our boats for a lunch of chicken caesar wraps. After lunch, the students wanted to sail boys vs. girls, so we moved students around and girls sailed on Venture while boys sailed on Spyglass. The ASA and Basic Keelboat students took the opportunity to sail on Opal Bella, our 26 ft training keelboat.
Everyone set their sails for Cooper Island. It was a nice long, smooth sail lasting 3 hours. Once we got to Cooper, the students returned to their boats, showered, and started preparing dinner. For dinner, we made falafel which was quite an adventure! No one had ever made it before and it turned out perfect! Everyone loved it and loved learning a new recipe to keep in the books.
After everyone enjoyed the delicious falafel, we met up at shore for a social! Students hung out and got to know each other better through chitter chatter and laughter. We eventually returned to our respective boats, held boat meeting, and powered down to rest up for another day ahead.
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.