written by Mate-In-Training, Julia Malone
July 12, 2017
Today started at around 8:00a.m. with a tasty breakfast and some morning chitter chatter, while our divers prepared for an 8:30a.m. dive. After the divers got dropped off on the dive boat, the rest of the campers went through pre-departure checks before discussing their up-anchor plan to leave Little Harbor, Peter Island for Long Bay, Beef Island. By 9:00a.m., boats were up-anchoring and heading for Long Bay, while preparing a delicious lunch to enjoy underway. By 12:30p.m., boats were on anchor at Long Bay, and kids helped out with a deep boat clean before shuttling ashore to take part in Sail Caribbean’s infamous summer Olympic games.
Divers arrived on shore shortly after, allowing all students to get together and discuss game plans with their respective boats on how to win this highly (but friendly!) competitive event. By 1:30p.m., all students were separated into their different teams (categorized by which boat they were on) and the Olympics began. After multiple rounds of tug of war and dizzy fender relay, kids had to run and find either their captain or mate and bury them with trash for our final round of trash art. Once the Olympics were over, our students met up with some of the kids from the local Youth Empowerment Program,engaging with them on stand up paddleboards, kayaks, picos, and in some fun beach volleyball tournaments.
While the majority of our students participated in activities with the YEP kids, our rescue divers were prompted with a surprise mock medical scenario as the final part of their Rescue Diver Course! Having to think on their feet to take care of their victim (Dive Coordinator Emily Graf) who had clumsily fallen down the companionway of one of our yachts, the students promptly followed course of all that they had learned over the last week in order to comfort and contain the patron, and without delay, contact Virgin Island Search and Rescue (VISAR) for follow up aide. VISAR was kind enough to help out with this training opportunity and swiftly arrived, taking over the scene with the thorough and efficient communication and direction of our Rescue Diver students.
By 5:00p.m., the beach barbeque was ready to be devoured by all and kids gathered together and enjoyed some hot dogs, burgers, watermelon, chips, and cookies for one of their last meals together. Students were back to boats by 7:00p.m. and began their crew tests before writing their airplane letters to each other and powering down for their final day tomorrow!
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.