Written by James Cordery
Edited by Meredith Evridge
After falling asleep to the beautiful sunset that Long Bay had given us, we arose to the beautiful sunrise of the Baths! This was all thanks to the captain and mate of every boat as they managed to take us from Long Bay on Tortola to the Baths on Virgin Gorda in the early hours of the morning. Upon our wakeup in the Baths, we began breakfast which consisted of cereal, bagels, yoghurts and fruit. Although many of us were upset that the end was nearing, everyone was still excited to explore the Baths.
Upon our arrival onto shore at the Baths, we all learnt about the incredible story behind the baths and its geological history. After the lesson, we made way for Devil’s Bay! The walk to Devils Bay through the large and scenic boulders of the Baths proved to be quality time for some photos.
Once we had arrived at the beautiful shores of Devil’s Bay, we were all able to relax and spend time on the beach, enjoying our final moments in the soft, white sand of the Baths. After our time on the beach, we all made way for Jump Rock! In order to get there, we all snorkelled through the reef on the edge of the gigantic boulders. Throughout this snorkel, we saw hermit crabs, lobsters, angelfish and even a moray eel!
The clue to what we do at Jump Rock is all in the name… we jump off a rock! This was an awesome way for some of the students to challenge themselves as although many were initially hesitant, through the support of their crew mates they were able to take the leap off of the rock. It is not so tall but looks daunting once you climb up there.
After making a splash, we arrived back at boats. On board, we all prepared our own lunches of leftovers. For many boats, this proved to show a wide variety of interesting food combinations! Once we had all eaten, we dropped our mooring ball at the Baths and made way to Hodges for what was to be our final sail! Throughout this final sail, the crew of each boat were able to show off everything they had learnt with some impressive tacks, jibes and knowledge of sailing etiquette.
At Hodges Creek Marina, all our boats secured their lines for the last time and began deep boat cleans. Once all had passed inspection by the staff, phones were handed out and showers were taken. We had a buffet dinner of ribs, mac n’ cheese with veg, and steamed veggies to round things off. At 8 o’clock, we gathered for an evening of hilarious skits (making fun of staff and poking fun at students!), a slideshow of the photos that had been taken, and awards. We recognized those that had gone diving for the first time, received Open Water, Advanced Open Water, Rescue, Master Diver and Divemaster. We thanked those that participated in Dive Against Debris, and applauded everyone that passed their Crew, Bosun and Mate tests.
A bit hyped up from the fun and nostalgia, we headed back to boats, finished showers and were in bed by 10:30.
Bright and early, the inhabitants of Hodges Creek woke up and brought luggage to the parking lot. Campers passed by the muffin and apple station, grabbing breakfast on the go. Goodbyes and see you laters were shared, contact information was given, and we waved goodbye to these cute and sweet faces. Thank you all for a lovely three weeks…see you next summer!