Day 18 – Stingray Central
Posted: Sun, Jul 24, 2016
Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
Our instructors woke us up this morning after giving us a few extra minutes of rest. We had a quick breakfast then we started our sail to Cooper Island. We dropped anchor and prepped our gear to dive the “Kissing Wrecks. After descending, Alex, Robby and I broke off from the main group to check out the wreck. Little did we know, we were about to swim through a stingray cleaning station. Shortly after hitting the wreck, Alex grabbed my arm and began pointing at a patch of sand. As I got closer, trying to see what he was pointing at, a two and a half foot wide stingray emerged, shook the sand off and swam away. We started to follow it, but turned around to check out more of the wreck. On our way, we spooked another, slightly smaller ray. The three of us stopped and scanned our surroundings. We all saw more than a dozen sets of eyes sticking out of the sand. We spent the rest of our dive swimming around, stirring up 18 stingrays, ranging from a measly 2 ft. wide small ray to the massive 6ft wingspan of the largest ray at the wrecks. After a quick surface interval to pump tanks, we were back in the water to dive the Blue Chromis Reef. Robby, Alex and I spent the dive ninja fighting with our fins and ensuring we weren’t lost. We came up and started studying for our rescue test. Then the compressor shut off and we heard “Abdiro!” ring out. Time for another scenario. We immediately enacted our training. We handled each diver appropriately and completed the scenario with only a few bumps along the way. Then we picked up anchor and motored back over to GHP. We had breakfast for dinner as we watched one of my favorite sunsets in the BVI. All in all, it was one of the best days of the trip!