written by Foxtrot/Sierra mate, Meredith Davies
August 9, 2017
This morning, the crews of Spyglass and Paso Doble woke up on the water at Cooper Island. Open water diver students went to shore to continue learning their confined water skills and the rest of the students gathered on Spyglass for a lesson on fish identification, form, and function. Following the lesson, students snorkeled Cistern Rock and identified the reef fish that they encountered.
We returned to boats for lunch and then the Advanced Open Water diver students and Fun divers got on the Sail Caribbean Divers dive boat to complete their deep and wreck dives. The remaining crew members sailed their vessels to Dead Man’s Chest on Peter Island. Shortly after, the crews came together on Paso Doble for a lesson on turtles and the procedure and technique to properly catch, tag and release them.
After a quick turtling session, the divers returned and the students showered and began dinner preparation. The Advanced Open Water divers and Fun divers left for their night dive and the rest of the students worked together to clean up the boat following enjoying the meal together. When the divers returned, we finished the night off with hot chocolate and boat meeting. We fell asleep among friends, under stars, as content as can be.
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.