July 19, 2016
The day began at Cooper Island; we stayed here the entire day while students continued confined diving skills for their certifications. While some of our divers were shuttled to shore, the rest of our students took Meursault and Montlouis to Salt Island for a morning hike. At the top of the hike, our staff members shared the story of the famous dive site, the Wreck of the Rhone.
Once the hike was over, students returned to Cooper Island for diving and shore time. For lunch, everyone got to eat chicken Caesar salad wraps before heading to shore. Students had the opportunity to go on Opal Bella, do loads of water sports, stand up paddle board, and go on kayaks. Students returned to their home boats for showers and a tasty dinner of steak stir-fry. After dinner, instead of having boat meeting straight away, everyone went to shore for a social at the Cooper Island Beach Club. Some of our divers also had the opportunity to go night diving at the Wreck of the Rhone! When divers returned, everyone was shuttled back to their boats to slowly power down, prepare for the following day, and fall asleep.
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.