July 27, 2016
We began the morning with a lion fish dissection accompanied by an introduction to fish physiology lesson! We talked about all the different functions during the dissection, as well as gill structure and gas exchange. It was a ton of fun! After the dissection, we dropped the ball at Marina Cay and motored over to Trellis Bay.
We all made lunch once we got on the ball at Trellis. Everyone going for their advanced open water certification went on a dive after lunch. The rest of us stayed behind and enjoyed some time to relax for a bit. We went swimming, floated on our lovable floaties, played games on the boats and relaxed until it was time to head to shore. The kids from Ocean Sun got to go on a truck tour of Tortola with a couple kids from Spyglass. The other kids got time on shore to check out the shops. One of the shops at Trellis is Aragorn Studios, a local art shop that is always very popular. Students enjoyed buying tshirts, jewelry, fruit, and knick knacks. Some kids got to play on a giant blow up trampoline and slide in the water near Aragorn’s. It was an afternoon full of laughs! After shore time, we went back to boats to shower and get dinner ready.
Our divers arrived back from their dive excited to tell us that they had seen a shark! Everyone that hadn’t gone was pretty jealous, but still excited for them. We had dinner and sent our divers off again for the last dives of their certification. All the boats did a pretty thorough boat clean after dinner because tomorrow is a dock day which means a cleaning inspection. Our divers arrived back to the boat a little after 9 p.m., a little chilled but so happy to have achieved their advanced open water certification! We welcomed them aboard with hot cholocates to warm them up. We have a pretty early day tomorrow with an awesome few hour sail, so everyone went to their sleeping areas to power down. We stayed up talking for a bit, but eventually drifted off to 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.