written by Foxtrot and Sierra Captain, Liz Deveau
June 26, 2017
We woke up bright an early greeted by the very welcome breeze off Cooper Island. After a breakfast of cereal, bagels, oatmeal and yogurts, the divers set off to continue working on their Open Water certification, heading to shore to meet our Sail Caribbean Divers’ dive boat. They have a very busy day of diving and learning skills today, getting closer and closer to their certifications!
The non-divers and the Advanced Open Water divers had time to relax on their boats before we had a snorkel safety lesson. After the snorkel safety lesson, we loaded up our dinghies with kids and snorkel gear and went over to Cistern Point! Everyone explored the site and got to see some really cool residents of the reef. We saw several parrot fish, two squid and a turtle! The snorkelers all followed the turtle as far out as we dared and then watched it swim off gracefully. That really got everyone excited to start turtling later in the program!
After our first snorkel of program, we went back to boats to get lunch prep started. Lunch today was chicken ranch salad wraps which turned out refreshing and delicious! After lunch, our Open Water divers went back to shore to dive again! All other students went to shore for time on the beach, watersporting, and shop time. Almost everyone got ice cream (…we’re pretty certain we cleaned Cooper Island straight out!) which looked absolutely amazing and so wonderfully cold. Our Open Water divers came back and got to have a bit of shore time for shops, sports and ice cream as well before everyone went back to their home boats to shower and start dinner.
It seems that everyone is becoming accustomed to life onboard a yacht and is really starting to have fun with it. There was even a small diving competition during boat shower time. Dinner tonight was burritos with all the sides ever imaginable. People were making burritos as big as their heads! After dinner, our Advanced Open Water divers went on a night dive to the Wreck of the Rhone! They came back and said they had seen a turtle and an octopus! Everyone came back really excited and were greeted by their crew mates with hot chocolate to warm up.
We were all really tried after such a busy day of diving and sun, so everyone went to bed almost immediately after boat meeting. We’re looking forward to see what kinds of adventures tomorrow will bring!
Photos to accompany this blog post are ready to go, but are unfortunately unable to be uploaded due to website technical difficulties. Our tech team is on it and we hope to see the problem fixed by tonight!
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.