July 29, 2016
The students and staff woke up at Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbor to sunny skies and mild temperatures. Breakfast was prepared, and the divers of the day ate and made their lunches as the dive boat arrived to deliver them to the day’s first dive site.
Meanwhile, the skippers, mates, navigators of the day of Charlie and Bravo met to discuss their passage to Dead Chest Bay. The students successfully de-docked the challenging slips at VGYH and set course southwest. The sail to Dead Chest was timely and enjoyable due to the constant beam and broad reaches (the fastest points of sail for a mono-hull) kept by the skipper. We arrived to a few anchored charter boats at Dead Chest bay, where the water was void of swells and clear.
After a morning in the sun, the students enjoyed a swim in the cool water, observing various sea life including sea turtles and terrapin. Some divers arrived back to eat another quick lunch. They then set course to Wreck alley, where the dive masters in training would map the wreck, and the specialty divers would participate in a 90 ft deep dive on the wrecks.
Back at Dead Chest bay, the rest of the students did watersports, swam, and relaxed on the boats with their captains and mates. Divers returned, eating a quick dinner as some of them planned to go on a third dive of the day (at night!) at the Wreck of the Rhone. The divers arrived back at around 9:30 p.m., everyone settled in for boat meeting, soon afterwards quickly falling asleep after a full day of activities.
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.