Written by Tess Avery
Edited by Meredith Evridge
We had an unusual start to the morning on the morning of day 6. Today was our first day waking up on docks since arrival day! The sun was shining, and boats were hustling and bustling as students arose to their morning on docks at Nanny Cay. After a breakfast buffet of bagels and oatmeal, our Open Water divers departed for their first real dive (not confined skills!). The rest of the team had time on shore to visit the dive shop, a boutique, a grocery store, and spend time on the beach or in the pool. After a relaxing morning, and the divers returned, we munched on lunch. The skipper of the day on each boat worked with their captain and fleet captain to talk through the plan for leaving docks. After overlapping with the other fleets for a short time, Mega Fleet departed Nanny Cay one by one. With one more dedocking under our belts, the plans flowed seamlessly until all six boats were out in the channel and underway.
We hopped to it and raised sails as some clouds and a bit of rain rolled in through the islands. After a slightly damp sail, we arrived at the stunning location of Little Harbor on Peter Island. This secluded spot has stunning clear waters with beautiful wildlife all around the boats. After the captain delivered a lesson on med anchoring, the skipper of the day assigned positions, leading the boat through the anchoring maneuver. After all boats were secured in Little Harbor, dinner prep for steak fajitas was started and a delicious meal was served. The sun set over Tortola island directly across from us.
After dinner, all students met up for a lesson on night adaptations and bioluminescence before hopping in the water for a night snorkel. Some highlights were the large tarpon, a stingray, and stunning bioluminescence under the shadow of the night.
As energy was high from the snorkel, boats showered and started to power down for the night. Below the blanket of a stunning sky full of stars, the boat fell silent as kids and counselors alike fell into a deep slumber.
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.