written by Mate-In-Training, Meredith Davies
June 28, 2017
Today, students woke up at the Bight on Norman Island. Open Water divers spent their morning diving, coming even closer to achieving their certifications! The non-divers spent their morning on shore with a hike that included beautiful vistas of the sea and surrounding islands as well as team-building games being played on top of the helipad at the highest peak of the trail.
Following the descent, students spent the rest of the morning playing volleyball, kicking back in the water and on the beach, exploring the small shops, and getting some snacks from the island’s restaurant. Sierra students also met with Captains Rowsey and Liz about the marine science projects that they would be executing while on program.
We returned to boats for a delicious lunch and then everyone hopped in our fleet’s dinghies and headed to the Caves for a snorkel and our divers returned to the Sail Caribbean Divers dive boat for more learning and practicing of skills and techniques with their dive groups. We saw amazing sea life in the really unique location that is the Caves. We returned to shore for a little more shore time before heading back to boats for showers, dinner, and our now habitual fun that comes along with life onboard. Students fell asleep excited for their sail to Nanny Cay tomorrow!
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.