written by Mate-In-Training, Julia Malone
June 28, 2017
After a few days of intensive diving coursework, we were treated to a bit of a lie-in today and woke up well-rested for our hot and sweaty morning hike to the top of Norman Island. As we approached the vista, the morning breeze welcomed us to our home for the day and all we could see were lush islands and turquoise waters for miles!
Once all were at the top, we played some great team building games where we were able to interact with the other boats and build stronger relationships with those on our own. “Oh Captain My Captain,” “Biggest Fan,” and “The Winds Are Blowing”, had us all laughing, running around and chanting in organized chaos!
After a chatty hike back down to the beach, we cooled off with some much needed beach time, tropical smoothie drinks and a competitive, but not highly skilled game of volleyball with the counselors! Pizza wraps hit just the spot for today’s lunch and then, our divers skedaddled off on their first dive of the day. We saw an abundance of Parrot Fish, Queen Angel Fish and even saw a Spotted Eagle Ray at the very end of the dive! But the diving was not over yet! After dinner, we had our second night dive of the program today where we practiced navigation skills and revisited our nocturnal friends of the sea, such as Squirrel Fish and feeding coral polyps which cannot be seen at all during the day.
Our non-divers for the afternoon took to the Caves right outside of the Bight on Norman Island where they enjoyed a snorkel and the discovery of many marine species. They then had the opportunity to have rotations engaging in different water-sporting activities.
Happily exhausted from an afternoon of thrill, our divers resurfaced from their dive regrouping with water-sported out home boats and settled in for a much needed slumber following showers, dinnertime and relaxing boat meeting.
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.