After a calm night at Cooper Island, we awoke to a beautiful, clear, warm day. Today was a diving intensive day for both Charlie and Bravo fleets. In the morning, the staff sang “Happy Birthday” to Savannah who turned 18. By 8:15, all boats met on shore. Our Bravo open water students met up with the dive boat to finish the confined water portion of the course. Keric, Ross, Robert, Marella, Curtis and Frank saw a grouper, a trumpet fish, and a stingray. The Charlie divers formed a giant study group to finish up their homework before working on the knowledge reviews with Louise, a member of our dive staff. At around 9am, Emma, Matty, Cameron, Tim, Marco, Cary, Veronica, Gus, Eric, Mitchell, Cara, and Matt met up on Vivaldi and Opal Bella, Sail Caribbean’s new Colgate 26, for a sail and picnic to Fallen Jerusalem, an small island off the coast of Virgin Gorda.
In the afternoon, the Charlie Fleet divers went on two specialty dives. Bravo Open Water students went on their second open water dive at Chromis Reef. It is a shallow, extensive, and beautiful marine habitat between Cooper and Salt Islands. As the Fallen Jerusalem crew returned back from their sail, the divers returned and everyone started dinner and showers. That night, the Charlie divers left for a night dive where they saw a sleeping sea turtle. The Bravo fleet went to shore for brownies and some relaxing conversation. After the dive, the Charlie fleet joined them. By the end of the this tiring day, the boats gathered for a boat meeting. At the meetings they played ice-breaker games, like Vivaldi’s “Rose, Thorn, Bud.” Everyone was eagerly anticipating the morning’s sail to Bitter End Yacht Club.