Written by Henry Joslin-Davis
Edited by Meredith Evridge
Today, we woke up at the Bight on Norman Island for another jam packed day in and out of the water! The early morning was perfect for a dip in the water while those on breakfast duty got cracking on scrambled eggs, bagels and yogurt. After all stomachs were full of protein and other essential energizers, we sent our divers ashore. The Open Water group had a confined water dive while our Advanced Open Water and Fun divers headed for Angelfish Reef. They reviewed putting together a BCD and practicing underwater skills, and then saw coral and blue tangs thriving! After we had our divers shuttled off, we began escorting all other campers ashore. Beginning with a short hike up to a helipad, we had a blast playing Where the Wind Blows and Ultimate Fan. After a group picture, they enjoyed a relaxing morning on the beach. There were frisbees, soccer balls, spikeball, lounge chairs, and an assortment of fruity drinks! After a few hours on shore, everyone went back to boats for a delicious grilled cheese sandwich feast.
Rehydrated and out of the sun for the lunch break, we sent our Open Water divers back to shore to continue their course. Our non-divers took a short motor to The Indians, an amazing rock formation with vibrant sea life, and also to some caves close to where we were moored. We had an epic snorkel until it was called off due to a cluster of stinging jelly cells. To compensate, we enjoyed an interesting lesson from our marine bio staff on coral and dangerous sea creatures!
We motored back to The Bight to meet the divers. As soon as everyone was back on their home boats, a tasty barbeque chicken and mashed potatoes dinner was prepared. It tasted really good and fueled up the Advanced Open Water divers for a rad night dive! While they were off observing night adaptations, everyone else did a thorough boat clean and were awed by the incredible sunset. The divers came home to a nice, clean boat! Boat meetings were held and we powered down for the night at 930.
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.