written by Fleet Captain, Sara Stone, Brought to you by the crew of Galilee
July 26, 2016
This morning, we all woke up and got ready for another day full of activities. After breakfast, divers got ready to get on a dive boat and as soon as the dive boat arrived, they headed off. While diving for his Advanced Open Water certification, Mitchell saw a spotted eagle ray at the Diamond Reef dive site. Meanwhile, Amanda, Oliver, Dylan and Mia packed their lunches and made their way to the Virgin Island Search and Rescue headquarters in Roadtown, Tortola for their First Responder course. The course is a prerequisite for their Rescue Diver certification.
Non-divers rotated across sailboats for the day and dropped the ball at Marina Cay for a circumnavigation of Guana Island. After the fast sail, everyone anchored at Lee Bay, Great Camanoe. Braeden, Thomas and Michael enjoyed snorkeling the caves that surrounded the bay after their arrival. In the afternoon, Karina and others went out sailing on Opal Bella, a 26 foot keel boat and she did a wonderful job as skipper. Thomas went water sporting and managed to successfully water ski for the first time after tearing it up on the wake board. Everybody made it back to boats for a delicious shepherd’s pie dinner to power up for the night dive.
On the night dive, Dylan saw an octopus while working towards his night specialty. Once divers returned from the night dive, we had a boat meeting, and Oliver especially enjoyed the late night puppy chow snack. It was yet another fun-filled action-packed day for our students of the Charlie and Bravo fleet!
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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.