We've stopped for a few days in the anchorage in Tyrrel Bay so that Graham can complete his PADI Open Water diving certificate with a local dive school, run by two wonderful German instructors Georg and Connie. The plan started with an 'Introduction to Scuba' session Saturday which consisted of some training in shallow water and then a one-to-one dive to about 6m on a coral reef - the fish were amazing and the Nurse Shark didn't seem bothered!
Since then it's been a mixture of studying the theory and doing more shallow-water skills (such as removing the mask under water, refitting and clearing it). All being well it'll take 4 days of so to complete and then Graham can go to accredited dive shops and hire kit and join local dives - places such as Bonnaire are apparently fantastic dive locations so this, will add a new dimension to the sailing trip! Di's enjoying snorkeling but moving to Scuba felt like too much of a jump just now.
Yesterday we met up with fellow ARC sailors Graham and Wendy on Oystermist who arrived in the anchorage heading north - we first met them in January 2012 at the London Boat Show when we all attended a presentation on the ARC. They have spent the past few weeks in Grenada and have really discovered lots of the island - their blog has some great photos.
We had a fun meal at the Lazy Turtle and it was really good to catch up with them; we're looking forward to visiting Grenada having heard their stories.
More photos to follow soon!