July 21, 2016
The day started extra early for some students who volunteered to go on the optional hike to the top of Norman Island. The students who opted for a little bit of extra sleep stayed behind to make a huge and delicious breakfast of chocolate chip pancakes. Our Open Water divers went diving in the morning and by the afternoon had finished all of their confined dives and completed two open water dives! Just two more open water dives and they will have their certifications!
Our boats left the Cooper Island mooring field exactly on time and exactly in sync. We looked like an army of Sail Caribbean boats all in a line ready for an adventure. We made our way towards Little Harbour on Peter Island. During our sail, students learned about how to anchor and how to med anchor. Since Little Harbour is so small, we med anchor our boats there to be more secure. We had five boats heading to Little Harbour, already a very cozy situation, and when we got there two other boats were anchored in the harbor. We chose strategic positions and got ourselves set up pretty easily. It was a very successful med anchoring with students on the helm and a little help from the staff!
As soon as we got everything secured, we had lunch and then had a turtle lesson so we could get in the water and turtle for the first time this program! Some students went turtling while other snorkeled around and played on the floats we have on the boats. We saw several turtles, but they turned out to be too fast for us despite our best efforts. Everyone still had a blast swimming around the crystal clear water and just enjoying some down time. A few students went for a short hike up to an interesting ruined house on the island before returning for dinner. Sierra students had a discussion about the project ideas they had for their time here on program. We established some great topics and broke off into groups. We’re all really looking forward to getting started.
Everyone was super tired after our long day of swimming and hanging out in the sun, so it really didn’t take much time at all for everyone to basically run to their sleeping spaces and settle into bed. We have a crazy schedule for tomorrow (our first day back on docks!), so we all need to be well-rested for all that that entails.
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.