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Follow Our Journey! Bravo, Charlie, Foxtrot, & Sierra 1- Day 10

By Josephine A July 3, 2024

Written by Tiernan O., mate on FLX

Good morning from FLX!

We are sitting on our mooring ball at the Bight on Norman Island. We have had a long enjoyable day of diving and a soda social on shore! We are looking forward to a long night of rest tonight in preparation for challenge day tomorrow.

We woke up bright and early for a breakfast of bagels and cream cheese. Everyone was excited to get right to diving. All of our boat is diving, either open water or fun diving, so everyone was getting in the water today! Yesterday was mostly skills practice for our open-water divers, so they were all very excited to do their first “real” dives.

After breakfast, we all went ashore to meet the dive boat where our open water and fun divers split, open water finishing up their last skills while our fun divers went on a morning dive at the wreck of the Rhone off of Cooper Island. While our fun divers were at the Rhone, our open-water divers did their two confined dives at Cooper and then did their first open-water dive. After that, our fun divers returned for lunch and our open-water divers took the dive boat to  Hodges Creek Marina to refill tanks.

The fun divers came back to FLX to drop our mooring ball and sail to Norman Island. Our sail was quick, staying on a broad reach most of the way and averaging eight knots of speed! How fast! During our sail, open-water divers did their second open-water dive this time off of Cooper Island!

The whole boat reunited at three and we started swimmy fun time and got ready for dinner. Tonight for dinner, we made hard shell tacos, a first for our program. One quick dinner clean later, we congregated on land for a soda social. The campers were super excited to see campers from other boats and explore Cooper Island. We dinghied back to the boat after the social and had a quick boat meeting to debrief challenge day. Everyone was super tired from their day and are looking forward to tomorrow!!

FLX signing off.

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.