August 2, 2016
The students got to sleep in a little and enjoy a morning at Diamond Cay, Jost Van Dyke. The crews spent the morning hanging out together, playing games, snorkeling and enjoying the wonders that the national park has to offer! Diamond Cay is actually a bird sanctuary so we witnessed several species of intriguing birds as well.
Around lunchtime, everyone went home to eat with his or her crews on their homes on the water. After lunch, we all made our way to shore for a marine biology lesson lead by our fleet captain Will! The lesson consisted of fish identification as the students learned about the different species of fish, their different type of fins, and in what type of habitat you can find each fish. After the lesson, students were excited to share what type of fish they have seen during their dives in the past three weeks!
Afterwards, students were lead on a hike around Jost Van Dyke that lead to Diamond’s famous bubbly pools! The bubbly pools is a small pool of water that is surrounded by rocks that lead out into the Caribbean Sea. The Charlie and Bravo fleet enjoyed hanging around in the pools and getting to explore and climb on the rocks for a while before heading back to boats.
Once we returned, it was time to drop the ball and head to one of our most adored meal destinations, Sydney’s! Sydney’s Peace and Love is located at Little Harbour, Jost Van Dyke that is around the corner from Diamond Cay. Once we reached Little Harbour, students quickly showered and went to shore to meet up with their friends from the Sierra, Foxtrot, Alpha, and Tango programs! We spent the night at Sydney’s all eating a delicious dinner together and showing off our amazing new t-shirts purchased on shore as well!
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.