July 1, 2016
Today, we had an early morning start at Cooper Island. Our Rescue Divers began their skills training to become certified! Students who weren’t diving got the opportunity to head to shore to enjoy our 26 ft basic keelboat Opal Bella, kayaks and standup paddle boards. We spent the morning sharing our time between active festivities such as frisbee and football pick up games and lounging and relaxing on the beach with everyone, even members of the Delta fleet!
Once it was time to drop the ball, the crew of Fermi and Rioja joined forces to sail Rioja to Mountain Point while a few staff members brought Fermi to Hodges Creek to shuttle EFR divers. Our students who signed up to get Emergency First Responder certified had a field trip to VISAR (Virgin Islands Search and Rescue) where they took a tour of the facility and then cracked down to attain their EFR certifications. By the end of the afternoon, all were proud to say that they were officially certified!
During the rest of the students’ sail, they practiced more tacking, learned about right of way rules and dropping their anchor! When they reached Mountain Point, students worked well together to drop anchor for the first time this program! Afterwards, the crews of Fermi and Rioja had time to hang out and watch a beautiful sunset while waiting for the rest of the diving students to return. Once they joined us at Mountain Point, everyone returned to their boats for dinner. They all went to bed excited for to travel to the Bitter End Yacht Club tomorrow!
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.