Bravo 1 & Charlie 1 2018 Adventures Day 10 – Divers Practiced Rescue Tows & Controlled Assents
written by mate, Megan Lundequan
July 2, 2018
This morning began bright and early as we hustled to get our Rescue divers out to Cooper to start their confined water skills portion of the course. While our soon to be life savers were doing rescue tows and controlled assents, the rest of our crew loaded onto one monohull and sailed over to Salt Island.
While underway, the teams sailed downwind and practiced jibing and furthered their understanding of the importance of preventers. Once we arrived at Salt Island, we dropped anchors and ate some pasta salad before shuttling to shore for a hike to the top of the island!
From the top, we could see the mooring balls that marked the infamous Wreck of the Rhône and we learned about the historical significance of the island (all of the native inhabitants of Salt Island triumphed to bring the 3 survivors of the crashed airplane wreck to safety after which they were repaid by the queen of island for their generosity.
After making our way back down the mountain and to our boats, we spent the rest of the afternoon floating around and swimming between boats before undergoing showers and dinner preparation.
Our rescue divers returned during dinner prep and after a yummy dinner of jerk chicken and plantains, we cleaned our floating homes and retired to our cabins to get some sleep before another busy day.
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.