Location: Bequia

We woke this morning to a beautiful sunrise, after a little bit of a roll-y night on board (due to wave swell). We filled our bellies with eggs (mine with lots of our Caribbean hot sauce) and bacon and then had the morning to study for our ICC (International Crew Certificate) exam and write papers for marine science classes on the deck of Ocean Star. After our minds were crammed with information on knot-tying, ‘rules of the road,’ anchoring, sail trim, shark provisioning, etc., we strapped on our dive gear for our first dive in a week. It felt great to get back underwater again. We descended onto the wreck of a tugboat in the blue water just offshore. The wreck was teeming with marine life, including a spotted moray eel, an orange-spotted filefish, stunningly beautiful cup coral and large arrow crabs. We came back to Ocean star, wet and tired, to find that our captain had a delicious squash pasta waiting for us. After lunch, we had free time in Bequia to finish provisioning for the next week and to relax and explore the island. For dinner, grilled burgers satisfied our bodies and hopefully, our minds as well, as it’s now time to take our ICC exam. We should wake tomorrow to 14 new certified crew members!