written by Provisions Manager, Lindsay Walsh
July 19, 2018
This morning, our Open Water divers gathered their gear and headed to Deadman’s Bay on Peter Island so they could meet the dive boat and continue their training! For the rest of our crew, we prepared to up anchor and set sails to the Bight on Norman Island. Once stern lines were struck and anchors were raised, Fidji and Zanzibar headed into the channel and raised sails. The two crews worked together to sail downwind past the Indians, and reached the Caves.
The caves is a snorkel site located right outside the Bight, and home to a beautiful coral reef and several different species of fish. When both boats were on the ball at the caves, students gathered their snorkel gear and hopped in the water! When students returned to their boats they were eager to share everything they saw while exploring! But it was now time to drop the ball and head into the Bight.
The Bight is located on Norman Island. It is a mooring field that is also home to a gorgeous restaurant on the beach. When we reached the Bight, it was time for our Open Water divers to return home for a lunch among their crew of grilled cheese with tomato soup. After lunch, our Open Water divers and our already certified divers headed to the Sail Caribbean Divers’ dive boat to continue to explore the underwater world.
The rest of our crew headed to shore with shoes and Nalgenes for a hike to the top of Norman Island! At the top, there is a helicopter pad where we played games such as “Where the wind blows” and “Oh captain, My captain!”
After some competitive yet fun games, everyone headed back down to the beach to enjoy the water. Once our divers returned, everyone headed back to their home boats for dinner and to get ready for a social ashore! On shore, everyone hung out with people from the other boat on program and also the Bravo, Charlie, Foxtrot and Sierra fleet. Everyone had such an exciting day diving and exploring the Bight that they went to bed sharing stories about the day.
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.