Written by: Emilia Dell’Antonio
We woke up around 7am to get started on a fun filed day. After a yummy breakfast, all of our Discover Scuba Divers (DSDs) were the first group headed to the shores of Trellis Bay of beef island for show shopping, followed by the rest of the campers.
Students stopped by the local market, purchasing some personal snacks and assorted goodies, with ice cream being the most popular item picked up. By the end of shopping time, the entire ice cream fridge was empty!
Trellis Bay is also home to Aragorn’s Studio, a local artist and sculptor whose beachfront studio is decorated by his hand-crafted iconic iron spheres that are lit aflame every month’s full moon, unique sculptures, and walk-in hammocks that offer group relaxation in the shade. Perhaps his most prized item, from a student’s point of view, are the apparel items sold in his shop. Many students visited Aragorn’s shop and picked up a t-shirts that were also designed by Aragorn himself!
Once DSD divers time ended at the shop, they hopped onto Summer (one of our fleet’s vessels) and headed to Cooper Island where they began their introduction to diving. Due to engine complications with the dive boat, students weren’t able to complete their dive and so it was postponed to a later date in program. Though there were complications with the dive boat, students were able to get to know each other, play games, make new friends from other boats, practice mooring ball pick ups, and get even more excited about the dive they will soon complete!
While DSDers were bonding, the rest of the fleet made their way too Little Harbour, Peter Island. Some students even made the journey in the 26 ft Colgate. Little Habour is a small bay with crystal clear water, scenic mountains, and wonderful sea life. Highlights of the afternoon included snorkeling and swimming between boats, hiking up ton an abandoned hotel that over looks the harbor, and relaxing after the long downwind sail through the channel.
Once at Little Harbour, everyone upped their anchoring skills as we needed to med-anchor. Med-anchoring a boat is the same as anchoring just with one added step, tying a stern line from your vessel to the shore to help hold you in place.
To wind down after a long day, boats joined together for a hot chocolate social after dinner and evening chores.