Location: Les Saintes
Another beautiful day on Ocean Star! Today, we started off the day with delicious lemon blueberry bread made by no other than Heather. Then, we had an oceanography class learning about tides. Did you know that a lunar day is 24 hours and 50 minutes compared to a solar day, which is 24 hours. We learned how to plot set and drift while charting during seamanship (nautical science) class and are becoming more familiar with dead reckoning and estimated position. Tomorrow, we will take our third Marine Bio exam and spend the hour and a half of free time we had before lunch studying for it. Drew was the sole chef for lunch and made fried tofu rice bowls. Does triangle-shaped tofu taste better than rectangular-shaped tofu? Following lunch, we all sat through a knowledge review for our PADI Rescue Diver course before setting up dive tanks to practice. While most people hopped in the water for the surface rescue exercises, a few who hadn’t yet fulfilled their requirement for Advanced Open Water Diver got some extra time to study. Exercises included approaching a tired diver panicked diver, how to calm a panicked diver, and how to perform a diver tow. After a few minutes to snack and dry off, Allie K gave her leadership presentation on organization. She did an activity where we all had to create organizations and give a two-minute elevator pitch on them. Everyone came up with very clever organizations…whale conservation, pitbull rescues, deckie appreciation (A4D for the win), a floating grocery store, and government structures were all organizations discussed. During boat showers today, I introduced everyone to the game “jump, twist, or dive,” which was quite entertaining, and I’m sure I will be making many future appearances. Heather surprised us with delicious chocolate chip cookies during dinner, and we discussed the squeeze question of the day, which was…”You are organizing a bank robbery. Of the people on this boat, who is going to distract you, who is your agent (person doing the robbing), and who is your get-a-way driver?”. Some people appeared to be perfect candidates for this scenario. Stay tuned to hear about our adventures exploring town during shore time tomorrow!
Shout out to my family and friends. Miss you all! Will try to call as soon as I can!