Bravo 2, Charlie 2, Delta 2, Foxtrot 2, and Sierra 2: Day 11 – Little Harbour, Peter Island
Written By: Gus Johnson
Upon awakening at the Bight on Norman Island, we had a quick breakfast of bagels and cereal. Once breakfast was finished, we ferried divers who are earning their Open and Advanced Open Water certifications off on the dive boat to further complete their certifications.
With the rest of the crew remaining, we then dropped the ball and headed out for a short sail. During our sail, students learned about the Right-of-way rules. Much like what a traffic lights and signs does for cars on the road, but minus the lights themselves, students were given mock scenarios to determine which vessels would have the right-of-way. In addition to the right-of-way lesson, students also learned about the art of med-anchoring. Med-anchoring is identical to anchoring a boat, but with one added element: tying a stern line to help secure your vessel.
It was time to put their new skills to the test as we arrived in Little Harbour and med-anchor. Those who went diving this morning rejoined us and officially earned their certifications as Open and Advanced Open Water divers. Once secure on anchor and with our divers back we all sat down for lunch. Following lunch, our Sierra and Foxtrot crews sat in on a Seagrass lesson before joining the Charlie, Delta and Bravo students for some afternoon water-sporting! Some of our students took out the Colgates and Hobie cats. Others went tubing and wake-boarding. Some students even went wake-boarding for the first time and were able to stand up! We then went on a great hike with a beautiful view at the top.
The day ended with an amazing sunset a great night snorkel where the campers got to see what the ocean marine life is like after dark. Some even saw cuddle fish which are a special spotting in the BVI! Overall it was another amazing day in paradise.
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.