A picturesque BVI morning as our fleet awoke in beautiful White Bay. Breakfast was underway because shortly after our new batch Open Water divers loaded up in to the dinghies to hop on to the dive boat and begin their underwater adventures. On the way to the dive boats, a pair of dolphins was spotted playing in the waters and eventually they made their way to playing around the boats! A special treat for all to see that!
When our divers were gone and breakfast had been cleaned students enjoyed some time ashore on the famous beach along with some more water-sporting time. Before we knew it, it was time to head back to boats eat some Thai chilli wraps for lunch and say goodbye to White Bay. Students kept their eyes peeled for the pair of dolphins as they left the bay a but weren’t able to spot them on our way out. Some students vying for their ASA certifications hopped in the Colgate 26 to practice their skills for their upcoming exam.
We headed out of the bay and around Guana again, circumnavigating Guana, Big and Little Camanoe, and Scrub Island before we finally dropped sails on the south side of Scrub island and motored the final stretch of our journey to Marina Cay.
A familiar location to all as we’d stopped here earlier on our program! Unfortunately, at the time, we weren’t able to explore marina Cay and it’s lively Diamond Reef due to a wave of jellyfish, but this time we were all clear! Students were dinghied over to the reef and participated in a Reef & Coral Watch to collect some community service hours. While groups rotated through snorkeling, other students who needed time on the Colgate for their ASA certification also rotated in and out.
As always, our evenings winded down with the start of showers, dinner, and boat meeting before everyone was tucked into bed for a very exciting day 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.