written by mate, Claire Lennarz
July 17, 2018
This morning, the Foxtrot and Sierra fleets woke up at Cooper Island Beach Club to sunny skies and a full day of fun ahead of them! For those getting their Open Water certifications, there was a morning dive after a breakfast buffet, complete with yogurts, bagels, local jam, fruits, and eggs! For those not doing an Open Water, they had the opportunity to participate in water sports such as tubing, wake boarding, paddle boarding and kayaking. Down time on the beach was also an option! The crew was also able to indulge in some yummy homemade ice creams, sorbets and pastries at the CIBC coffee shop.
When divers returned, we filled ourselves with Greek pitas for lunch! This fueled the students for a busy afternoon. Open Water, Advanced Open Water and Fun divers dove in the afternoon and worked towards their certifications. Non-divers participated in a circumnavigation sail around Cooper and were able to explore the windward side of the island!
After a full afternoon, the crews were ready for ocean showers (the highlight of the day) and a dinner of cheesy baked penne pasta! This filled up the night divers who dove while the rest of the group had some down time on the boats playing cards and making bracelets. The final activity of the day was a social on shore where students were able to indulge in ice cream sundaes, virgin daiquiris, and sodas. Such a packed, fun day left everyone very tired and ready for a good night of sleep!
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.