Location: Falmouth Harbour, Antigua

Today we were awoken to the beautiful sounds of Doses and Mimosas by Cherub, whose lyrics were heard throughout the bunks for the remainder of the day. After the few open water dive groups who didn’t finish yesterday got their gear ready for their morning dives, we were all greeted on deck by a scrumptious pumpkin bread for breakfast. After we all cleaned our plates, the remaining divers got in the water to finish their confined dives while everyone else went for a snorkel. We all swam over to visit a reef off of Blake Island, but when we arrived we could only see a few feet underwater. Some brave souls attempted to dive down and take a look anyway, while the rest of us enjoyed the above water views.

As lunchtime approached, people began to trickle out of the water for delicious chicken caesar wraps. We then started the afternoon with our first Oceanography class, where we learned everything from the history of ocean exploration to the techniques used to capture the first-ever footage of a giant squid. After that, we again split into groups for Dinghy School. We took turns manning the tiller of Megatron, while everyone below deck got to working on their Leadership Autobiographies and their Field ID Logbooks.

As the sun began to set and people finished up testing their backflips for their jump-in showers, most could begin to smell wafts of coconut curry coming from the galley. I for one had never been a fan of curry before I tried a bowl of this exhilarating creation. Credit to Gabe, Marina, and Izzy for the life-changing dish. We were then all ‘surprised’ with some fudgy brownies to celebrate Felipe’s 19th birthday! After dinner and a quick clean-up, everybody rushed down to the salon for our first Marine Biology class to cap off the night. We’ve all grown to enjoy the Argo rocking us to sleep at night and can’t wait to get back in the water tomorrow.

P.S. Hi Mom, Dad, Julia, Mattos and Cisco! Miss you guys!

P.P.S. Congrats Ezra on getting accepted into Columbia College!!!

Louis testing the waters
Father Niko leading the snorkel
Our home from the reef
Beautiful Blake island
Studious Mac and Felipe
Louis and Trevor making brownies in secret
Dinghy School (No crashes yet)
Lewis, Mac, and Da birthday boy
(Top to bottom) Ezra, Marina, Una, Frankie, and Gillian enjoying coconut curry (Thanks Gabe!)