Brought to you by the crew of Meursault
June 16, 2016
Day seven was a super special for the Early Alpha Open Water divers, who can happily say they are certified Open Water divers – Woohoo! Josh, Issy, Tucker, Kat, and Macy completed their certification with an amazing dive and plenty of stories to tell – Josh saw a nurse shark, while Tucker spotted a fish that changed colors. Issy showed her excellent underwater control by removing and putting back on her fins at the bottom of the ocean.
While the divers were down below, Tripp, Patrick, Sofi, and Anna adventured at Nanny Cay and then were picked up by Mike Liese himself to go on a truck tour all around Tortola. The truck tour involved plenty of awe-inspiring lookouts and a very important stop to get ice cream at one of our favorite cold treat joints in Roadtown, Dolce Vita.
Patrick and Shay had the opportunity to sail Opal Bella, our 26′ training keelboat, with Sail Caribbean’s ASA instructors, Alyssa and Kyle. They were proud to complete many of their ASA skill tests.
After a delicious lunch, Griffin helmed Meursault like a professional, for an amazingly smooth de-docking. Sailing from Nanny Cay to Marina Cay, Macy did a great job as our crew’s “monkey” while raising the main sail. Tripp helmed the boat for an hour and a half – keeping us on course and getting us there at the exact same time as Mountlouis and Fleming!
After a yummy dinner of fajitas, students had a Marine Science lesson, learning about night adaptations and bioluminescence, followed by a super cool night snorkel! Kat even spotted a hawksbill turtle! The night ended with the crews coming together inside their yacht’s salon for some delicious hot chocolate during a boat meeting.
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.