written by Foxtrot/Sierra Program Director, Will Steward
July 18, 2017
This morning, we woke up at Manchioneel Bay on Cooper Island for a busy day of snorkeling, diving, and hanging out! Our day began with a lesson on different types of fish and an introduction to snorkeling and Coral Watch. We then headed to Cistern Rock (a favorite snorkel spot) where we saw an octopus! Our Sierra kids also started to collect data for their research projects. After our snorkel, we headed back to our boats where we got ready to spend some time on shore. Everyone relaxed on shore before having lunch back on our boats.
After lunch, we headed back to shore and had a busy afternoon. Some of us continued on with our Open Water and Advanced Open Water dive courses while the rest of us kayaked, got ice creams and smoothies, tubed, and wake-boarded. We headed back to our boats in the late afternoon to shower and make dinner. After a delicious dinner of burritos, some of our divers went on a night dive at Chromis Reef on Wreck Alley. Our night ended with a boat meeting and a power down to get ready for our busy day ahead!
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.