written by mate, Claire Lennarz
July 25, 2018
This morning, we woke up at Trellis Bay on Beef Island and made pancakes for breakfast to everyone’s delight! After breakfast, the crews dropped their mooring balls and prepared to sail to the Dogs Islands. Underway, a man over board lesson was taught and practiced while using a fender as our dummy victim. The students did an excellent job retrieving their beloved “men over board”.
Following our lesson, the crews prepared to pick up mooring balls at Great George, and a lunch of couscous salad was prepared upon arrival. Rescue divers and fun divers dove West Seal Dog and the Visibles while the rest of the students crews were taught a coral lesson, followed by participating in a coral watch. Sierra students followed up the lesson with some more work on their Sierra projects!
After an active afternoon in the water, we motored to Mountain Point and began preparing dinner. For dinner, students prepared a delicious dinner of Jerk chicken with plantains! On Paso Doble, the crew celebrated one of our student’s birthday with chocolate cake and cream cheese frosting too! Dinner and birthday celebrations were followed up with a bioluminescence lesson and a magical biolume splash in the water where we swam around among all the “light”! All were weary and ready for bed by 10p.m. after this full day on program.
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.