written by Social Media Coordinator, Ryan Smith
August 14, 2018
Another bright and shining morning was felt by everyone, as we awoke at 7:15a.m. and enjoyed the options of a breakfast buffet including bagels, yogurts, oatmeal, eggs and fruits. By 8:00a.m., our diving students participating in the Rescue Diver certification course were ready with lunches packed to be taken off to Cooper Island in the RIB to begin their shallow water skills learning and emergency scenario assessments. Our Recreational, Specialty and Discover scuba diving students were scooped up on the Sail Caribbean Divers’ dive boat to further explore some underwater territory at the dive sights of Painted Walls and Randy’s Reef.
The rest of the students had the opportunity to rotate through watersporting options in the form of wakeboarding, waterskiing, kneeboarding, tubing and sailing on our 26′ Colgate training keelboat, Opal. We also relaxed or snorkeled at the destination, hanging among our friends from various boats too!
12p.m. noon called for a break to refuel with a lunch preparation of made-to-order quesadillas and salad. Diveboat divers arrived back to boats in time to replenish their energy with the yummy meal as well before the crews began on their pre-departure checks to up-anchor from Deadman’s Bay and head to the Pirate’s Bight on Norman Island.
A shorter two-hour sail to the Bight had us on a mooring ball at 3:30p.m. where we awaited the return of our Rescue Divers from their full day of controlled ascents and tired diver tows. Once all back together, we shuttled to shore to participate in a light hike up to the helicopter pad at the apex of the mountainous island. There, with a 360 degree view of the nearby BVIs, we held a True Course activity which came in the form of entertaining team-building games such as Oh Captain, My Captain and The Wind Blows as the sun set in our back drop.
Giggled out from all the group games, we eventually descended from the island’s peak to retreat back to our home boats to shower, mange, boat clean and hold our nightly boat meeting in the comfort of our salon. It was a quiet night on board tonight where you could witness cards games being played, stories being shared, tunes being enjoyed and the spirit of a true team being felt by all as we’ve all become so close nearing closer to the end of our time together.