Bravo Trip Update Day 4 – Eric von Aschwege, Program Director
Today was an early morning for the Bravo fleet. Students were up at 6:45 so that they could eat and be ready for their 8am dive! As the open water divers headed out to their dive sites, everyone else went on an exciting snorkel to Cistern Rock at the southern end of Manchioneel Bay at Cooper Island. Captain Sara led the snorkel while Captain Kat and Mate Luke pointed out different species of coral and fish to the students. Students saw huge brain corals, horn coral, and brightly colored parrot fish nibbling away at the reef. Students learned that parrot fish are responsible for a huge percentage of coral sand found on and around reefs. After snorkeling, students had a little down-time to enjoy socializing and reading on deck, while Program Director Eric took small groups out on the ski boat for some slalom water skiing and wake boarding.
After the divers returned, the fleet left Cooper and sailed down the channel, past Peter Island, to moor at “The Bight” on Norman Island. Today we sailed with the wind behind us, giving captains the opportunity to discuss techniques for safe downwind sailing. Students had the chance to rotate through the helm to get a feel for how the boat handled on this point of sail.
This evening the Bravo fleet cooked a meal of Mahi Mahi with rice and broccoli that was absolutely delicious! We all took a break from what we were doing to watch the sun set over the island of St. John, to our West. It was a wonderful moment of peace and quiet after a long and busy day of diving and sailing.