The dive students spent the morning on the dive boat. Many of the Open Water students completed their final dives to become certified!
The rest of the fleet went to Soldier Bay to tag turtles. Sail Caribbean works with the BVI Association of Reef Keepers (ARK) to help monitor turtle populations. One of our staff members dove down to catch the turtle and carefully brought it on the boat. First, the students took photos of the turtle and examined the shell pattern. Next, they took measurements of the head and shell. Then, they attached the flipper tag to mark the turtle and injected the PIT (passive integrated transponder) tag to track the turtle. Finally, our turtle friend was released back into the ocean.
The rest of the afternoon was spent hanging on the boats, snorkeling and tubing. Around 3 pm the fleet made their way to Nanny Cay Marina to complete their first docking. Once docked, the students were able to enjoy freshwater showers on land before dinner and boat meetings. Judges Chambers made cake to celebrate their newly certified divers. Big T had a fancy dress-up night since everyone had a non-boat shower. Hulk had everyone say their rose, bud and thorn of the day. Moet started playing a live game of Clue. Kajsa is still in quarantine until we receive their Day 4 test results. They were tested on the morning of Aug. 14 so we are hoping to get their results by Aug. 16. Kajsa was still able to dock at Nanny Cay and were able to say hi from a distance. They had a very impressive docking!
The decision was made to spend the night at Nanny Cay due to the weather predictions. The night was rainy and a bit windy. Overall it was much less intense than predicted but we can never be too safe! We will continue to closely monitor the weather and send updates if there are serious changes.
Here is a helpful website for weather information: https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/gtwo.php
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.