During our visit to USVI we bought PADI diving open water course study packs. We had to read through these and answer loads of questions about Nitrogen and buoyancy etc.
Once back in BVI we did a 4 day Open Water Diver course with Sail Caribbean Divers of Hodges Creek. The course consisted of one morning of theory and a test then the afternoon in a pool at the Sunsail base in Road Town getting used to the gear. Day 2 was confined water diving learning skills, we did this at Cooper Island. After 4 dives entering the water from the beach we were knackered but did start to appreciate the new world that diving will open up to us.
Then a day off followed by 4 open water dives from the dive boat, 2 each on days 3 and 4. These were great with more skills and repeat practice of basic safety techniques but a chance to swim around and see the Coral and fish, sadly no cameras were allowed on the course.
We passed and are now certificated PADI open water divers, so as we visit other islands we can hire the gear and dive with other dive companies.
After an interesting passage with the Salty Dawgs we arrived in the BVI’s 08:30 on Friday 14th November 2014.
The trip consisted of great light conditions to leave the Chesapeake and cross the Gulf Stream followed by no wind for 24 hrs. Then a few days avoiding a strong low pressure system. Finally head winds and light winds on arrival.
The weather adviser Chris Parker, organised by the Salty Dawgs, was excellent. He provided daily emails and SSB chats at 1800 each evening. Advice was tailored to each group of boats on the rally.
Now moored at Bitter End YC in Virgin Gorda on a free mooring, again sorted out by the Dawgs for us. We have enjoyed daily social gatherings with the Dawgs, mainly at bars in the late afternoon and are preparing for a pot luck Thanksgiving Dinner on Wednesday on the beach. I know it’s the wrong day but the beach is already booked by a cruise ship on the day.