June 28, 2016
We woke up at the Bight this morning after a windy night and enjoyed a breakfast buffet. Advanced Open Water divers headed off in the morning to do their Fish ID and navigation dives, while everyone else headed ashore. Once we got to shore, all the Soxtrot students gathered on the beach to play a classic marine science game we call Go Fish. This tag style game simulates population dynamics of parrot fish given different resource availabilities, and everyone liked learning about it via the beach game!
With our heartbeats elevated post Go Fish, we began our hike up to the helipad at the top of Norman Island. Everyone enjoyed the cardio, and we played a few more games once we reached the top: Biggest Fan (a rock paper scissors tournament) and then Big Wind Blows (a get-to-know-you game). We headed back down to the beach, and spent the rest of the morning beachin’ it. Some students paddleboarded while others went tubing on the infamous Poparazzi tube. Many students chose to relax, grab a smoothie, and swim in the shallows.
Everyone went back to boats for lunch – pesto pasta – then Open Water divers headed ashore to complete some confined dive skills. Advanced Open Water divers completed knowledge reviews, and all other students went aboard Spyglass to hang out and swim. After a relaxed afternoon, everyone returned to their home boat and prepared a dinner of steak stir fry!
We all went ashore for an evening social after a thorough boat clean. Students enjoyed smoothies and the cool evening breeze while getting to know people from other boats and even other programs. At the end of the night, everyone grouped up into their boats and had a boat meeting. Finally, we headed back to boats and settled down after a relaxed and fun-filled 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.