Written by Mate-In-Training, Quinton Cirko
June 29, 2017
The day began at the Bight on Norman Island. Over breakfast, you could feel the excitement in the air for the amazing day ahead. Once breakfast came to a close and all dishes were cleaned and tidied, the Open Water divers were brought to the dive boat for their final certification dive! Shortly after the dive boat left, the fleet dropped their mooring balls at the Bight and had a short motor to The Indians, one of the best snorkel/dive sites in the BVI.
Once on the ball at the Indians, everyone gathered on Paso Doble for an intro lesson on how to collect data for Coral Watch. Then we all jumped in and began our data collection snorkel. We all were amazed at the vivid colors of the coral as well as its abundance and health despite the amount of traffic the area receives. Following the thirty minute snorkel ,all data was collected and sent to Coral Watch. We then dropped the ball at The Indians and began our sail to Nanny Cay.
The sail was quick but exciting as we had to sail directly through a small squall to get to our destination. We were on the docks at Nanny Cay before we knew it. Lunch was prepared and devoured hastily in anticipation of phone time ashore. In order to receive their phones, each boat needed to pass a thorough cleaning inspection given by the Program Directors. Phones were turned in after their allotted thirty minutes to call home and check in with loved ones.
All Advanced Open Water divers then readied themselves for their last certification dive as well! All non-divers had time to visit the shops at Nanny Cay, hang out on the sandy beach, play volleyball or take a dip in the marina’s pool. As the afternoon wound down, shower rotations began and dinner prep began. After a wonderfully cooked meal and clean up, we had a quiet night on board, relaxing with our crew that has quickly become family. Everyone had time to mingle and reflect on the amazing day we all had before heading to bed.
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.