written by Mate-In-Training, Julia Malone
June 27, 2017
We woke up just off the shore of Cooper Island in time for a tasty breakfast before shuttling over to meet the dive boats for some early morning diving! Bravo’s Open Water divers had their first two real dives, meaning they experienced their first ever dives away from the beach and out of confined water! There was loads of excitement and chatter about how incredible the feeling was to take a first breath underwater in deeper waters, while exploring several reefs and the fish that lived there.
Meanwhile, non-divers were taken to Cooper’s shore for watersports and some beach activities with friends. Around noon, we shuttled back to boats to enjoy some delicious sandwiches before dropping the ball to begin our downwind sail to Norman Island! Underway, we learned about downwind sailing, jibing, points of sail, and parts of sail.
Before we knew it, we were approaching Norman’s mooring field. After the skipper of the day assigned positions to his/her crew, we prepared and successfully pick up the mooring ball to secure the boat for the night. Once we settled in after a day of smooth sailing, we showered, prepped dinner, and got ourselves ready for a social on shore.
At around 7:30 pm, the Bravo, Charlie, Foxtrot and Sierra boats met up at Norman’s beach club for some downtime, games, and snacks. After exploring new parts of Norman Island and enjoying each other’s company, the night wrapped up as we shuttled back to boats for a power down before bedtime.
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.