Location: Tobago Cays

It was another beautiful morning in the Tobago Cays as we dined on hard-boiled eggs and oatmeal. We started off by learning a few basics for our Emergency First Responder, the first step in acquiring our Rescue Diver certificate. Laughs abounded as we performed mock emergency scenes on dummies in the saloon. After a couple of hours of exercise, we broke for some free time. After lunch, Nick taught us in groups how to use the tiller-steer dinghy, Exy. It was more difficult than we imagined! When lessons ended, we organized a water taxi ride over to an island where Pirates of the Caribbean was filmed the scene where Jack Sparrow is marooned and searching for his rum. We frolicked about for a few hours and found a dead shark on the shore, later identified to be a Caribbean Reef Shark. We then clambered back into the brightly colored speedboat and picked our way through the reef back towards Ocean Star. We wrapped up the day with an MTE class on Irving Johnson. It was incredible. I have never seen nor heard of sailing to that degree. Swells literally engulfed the ship. They were truly hardened seamen. Now I feel so incompetent. Psyched for another great day tomorrow!P.S. Sorry about the Mohawk, Mom, but it’s a huge hit, so I think I’m keeping it forever.