written by Mate-In-Training, Julia Malone
June 26, 2017
We awoke to the smell of breakfast cooking on the stove. Before even taking our first steps of the day, we noticed a pod of dolphins splashing in the water beside us! After we picked our jaws up from off the floor (!) and after we devoured a hearty morning meal to fuel us through the day, we journeyed to Cistern Rock to explore its depths and enjoy a scenic snorkel before partaking in the rest of the day’s activities.
Afterwards, we sat in on an intriguing and informative marine biology lesson before heading back to boats for some lunch! Here we met up with all the student divers and got to hear loads about how their morning dives went and what sorts of fish species they saw (eels, rays, and sharks were a few of the day’s common spottings).
Around 2p.m., all the boats gathered ashore and began beach rotations, which consisted of various activities including tubing, wakeboarding, kayaking, paddle-boarding, shopping, and snacking on some delicious frozen mango ice cream.
Before we knew it, the clock displayed 5p.m. and it was time to head back to our boats for a refreshing shower before dinner prep began. As the sun began to set and warm music crept out through the speakers, we reminisced on the day’s shenanigans over some delicious burritos. Once dinner was all cleaned up, we got to know each other a little better as we shared some of our favorite stories during boat meeting and powered down for a full night’s rest in preparation for all of tomorrow’s festivities.
Photos to accompany this blog post are ready to go, but are unfortunately unable to be uploaded due to website technical difficulties. Our tech team is on it and we hope to see the problem fixed by tonight!
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.