July 23, 2016
After a fun day at Nanny Cay, everyone was tired so we all slept in a bit this morning. Our advanced open water divers left right after breakfast to finish their certification and everyone else got the boats ready to leave Nanny Cay and head for Long Bay on Beef Island. Students dedocked the boats beautifully and once we were out of the marina, we began our sail, one of our longest thus far. People who hadn’t had a chance to be at the helm under sail were able to do so and lead tacking maneuvers. We started timing tacking and our record was 32 seconds! It was a lovely upwind sail where everyone got to practice different positions for maneuvers.
When we reached Long Bay, we put our sails down and prepared to anchor. After a silky smooth anchoring, we had lunch and our open water divers left for a dive. Everyone else relaxed for a bit in the water and then convened on Ocean Sun for a fish form and ID lesson. Some students went for a truck tour around the island while others snorkeled around. The advanced open water divers returned mid-afternoon as newly certified divers! Everyone was proud of what they accomplished and couldn’t wait to start fun diving with their new skills.
Later in the afternoon, people got a chance to go wake boarding and tubing around the bay until our open water divers returned and we started showering and getting dinner ready. To show appreciation for the students, staff surprised them with an ice cream party! The students were over the moon excited and enjoyed their special desserts. Afterwards, we did boat meeting and began winding down for the night. It was a busy fun-filled day that left everyone ready for 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.