June 29, 2016
We had an early morning and began the day with a motor from the Bight on Norman Island to the Indians. Once we got to the Indians, we learned about fish identification! Students also learned about Project Reef and participated in coral watch activities. After a beautiful snorkel at the Indians, we raised our sails and began the trip to Nanny Cay, a marina located on Tortola.
During the sail, students learned about parts of sail, and points of sail. Both Fermi and Rioja students did an excellent job while docking in the marina (our first docking of the program!). Once we settled in on docks, students got a chance to call home and enjoyed a truck tour around Tortola.
During the truck tour, we stopped at Sky World and saw a complete panoramic view of Tortola and the British Virgin Islands. After the truck tours, students then had free time to explore the shops, get ice cream, use land showers, and enjoy the beach before getting ready for a night dive to Rainbow Canyon and the Indians. The Advanced Open Water and fun divers saw lobsters, shrimps, parrot fish, and other marine life. After returning from the night dive, everyone shared some hot chocolate and headed to bed for an early morning sail to Cooper Island!
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.