written by Foxtrot/Sierra mate, Meredith Davies
August 11, 2017
This morning, the crews of Paso Doble and Spyglass woke up at the Bight on Norman Island. After breakfast, Open Water diver students headed to the Sail Caribbean Divers’ dive boat for their final dives for their certifications! The rest of the students had a short motor over to the Indians. We all gathered on Spyglass for a lesson on coral. Following the snorkel, Sierra students met to discuss and start their projects that they would be conducting throughout the program. We all snorkeled the Indians where we saw an abundance of coral and reef fish.
The crews later returned to the Pirate’s Bight to pick up the newly certified divers (!) and to enjoy lunch. After the meal was cleaned up, we dropped the ball at Norman and sailed to Diamond Cay. We passed Ziggy Marley’s house on the way there! When we arrived, we all gathered on shore for a sunset hike to the Bubbly Pools, a beautiful beach where crashing waves create bubbling pools of water which we waded in and explored. We then returned to boats for showers and a delicious dinner. We finished our evening with boat meeting and then went to sleep after another long but exciting day at sea.
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.