written by mate, Megan Lundequan
July 1, 2018
We set off from the tidal Marina Cay early on Day 9, teaming up the non-diving Zanzibar and Mayotte crews on one vessel as most of the students were at their respective diving lessons. We hoisted our sails just south of Great Camanoe and rounded Guana Island with ease, learning all about the parts of the sail and rules of the road on the way.
After anchoring at Long Bay on Beef Island, we went for an afternoon of watersports on the white-sand beach. A couple of students carried out litter cleans, while others played volleyball, swam, sailed or socialized. A handful of staff and students took some BVI YEP (local Youth Empowerment Program) youths for a sail on one of the catamarans who enjoyed it thoroughly. Meanwhile, the Advanced Diving group spent their day working on the Emergency First Response certification, which is a 3-day course they are still progressing on!
Some of the students also went water-sporting, in particular on ‘Popparazzi’ (Sail Caribbean’s infamous watersporting tube), wakeboarding and waterskiing. At the end of the day, as per usual, we cooked dinner, ate, and cleaned the boats thoroughly. Students completed necessary dive homework and then headed to bed, excited for what the following day might bring.
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.