June 1, 2017
The day began at beautiful Mountain Point on Virgin Gorda. After a quick breakfast, we went on two dives. One of the dives was an exploratory dive of the sunken vessel, the Kodiak Queen, which is now an artificial reef. We then proceeded to devour all the leftovers on the boat in preparation for new provisioning arriving. We also happened to be very hungry after a morning of diving.
Once lunch was finished and cleaned up, we prepared for our sail to the Bitter End Yacht Club. We had a nice, leisurely upwind sail listening to Taylor Swift the whole way. It was very relaxing for everyone onboard.
Upon arriving to the Bitter End, Lindley, our Course Director, led a lesson on mangroves and mangrove ecosystems. We then went ashore to Prickly Pear to observe the processes of the mangrove ecosystems as well as to demonstrate the lesson that we would give to other students on later programs throughout the summer.
After a thorough boat clean and showers, we went to shore on Saba Rock for a decadent dinner and some phone time. Overall, another wonderful day in paradise, having GTs on Good Times.
Meredith Davies, Ocean student, age 19, Plainsboro, NJ
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.