Written by Katie Vick, Mate
This morning we woke up at 6:45 at Cane Garden Bay! With the sun peaking over Tortola in front of us we got an early start to the day and had a scrumptious breakfast of loaded eggs. Shortly after, we said goodbye to our rescue divers for the day as they headed to Hodges to continue their training. The rest of us had a beautiful early morning sail over to Lee Bay. We did upwind sailing today which entailed some tacking drills which required all hands on deck! After our sail we arrived in the beautiful Lee Bay with breathtaking blue water and made paninis for lunch! We then had some chill time while our Advanced Open Water divers continued their course in the afternoon! Non divers got to snorkel the gorgeous water around us! Some highlights were a huge stingray hiding in the sand as well as a lion fish! We then headed back to boats for boat showers and dinner prep before sending some divers out of a night dive! Later that evening we had boat meeting and enjoyed some games and cake before heading to bed!
Written by Anna Sutton, Mate & Social Media
The fleet woke up at the beautiful Lee Bay to a calm breeze and glowing sunrise. Crews prepared a breakfast buffet with bagels and cream cheese, fruit, cereal, yogurt, and granola. Rescue divers departed first to continue with their certifications. Soon after, Advanced Open Water students left for the morning and many completed their courses! Other students motored over to Marina Cay. Sierra and Foxtrot campers had a lesson on Sea Urchin identification and put their lesson into action with a snorkel. While snorkeling at Dimond Reef, campers saw cuttlefish, a baby lobster, sea urchins, and a number of other fish and coral species. Bravo and Charlie students (who were not diving) had a morning full of watersports while hanging out with other boats! With fresh certifications in hand, the divers returned to join their crew-mates in time for lunch. The fleet dropped the mooring balls at Marina Cay to set sail for Savannah Bay on Virgin Gorda. All boats anchored in time to watch the most beautiful sunset yet! After a yummy dinner of chicken stir fry, everyone completed boat clean, a boat meeting, and had a fun night onboard with their boat-mates.
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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.