June 27, 2016
Today, our fleet woke up at 7a.m. and were on mooring balls at Cooper Island. Needless to say, the view was incredible. Everyone had breakfast at 7:30a.m. which was a breakfast buffet. Then, our Open Water diver’s went to shore for a morning dive whilst the rest of the boat went ashore and hung out at the beach, enjoyed some picturesque sailing on our 26 foot keelboat Opal Bella, and snorkeled at Sistern Rock. There was also some smoothies and treats enjoyed on the island by the kids.
As the Open Water students came back to join the rest of the fleet, we took the dinghies back to the boats and cooked lunch. The students did a great job of cooking some amazingly tasty pizza quesadillas. After lunch, the Advanced Open Water divers and all of Charlie program divers went ashore and did their afternoon dive. The rest of the students all gathered onto one of our yachts Fermi to sail down to Norman Island where we planned to spend the night on a mooring ball. During the sail they practiced skills such as points of sailing, raising sails, sailing downwind and knots. This was also the first time our students got to mix with the other kids on the program, a hangout enjoyed by everyone.
As we all returned to our boat at 5:30p.m., we started to cook dinner and shower off the back of the boat with the view of an amazing Caribbean sun setting over Tortola. Then, we had our daily boat meeting at which we produced our full value contract. This is where our kids discuss what they want “on” the boat, and what they want to remain “off” the boat during the program. These items can be both tangible and intangible! Then, they write it down and the crews all sign it and hang it up on the wall. They were also tasked with thinking up some goals to be discussed at tomorrow’s boat meeting. Overall we had a very successful day, with smiles all around and plenty of great vibes. It’s safe to say we are going to have an amazing program.
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.