Location: Petit Piton, St. Lucia
This morning I tried a new technique to wake up my fellow shipmates by gently and individually waking them up. I found this technique to be much more effective than blasting music and that the mood at breakfast was overall more positive. We’re back to diving today for the first time since arriving in St. Lucia. The divers were split into two groups today, and at 9:30, Peter, the St. Lucia dive guy, picked us up with all our dive gear. The diving here is exceptionally amazing because the Petit Piton continues down underwater, so we dive on the steep slope of an underwater mountain. The visibility was amazing, and from above, the water appears deep blue. One group went on a deep dive down to 93 feet, according to Ash’s dive computer and the other group went for superman’s flight. Superman’s flight is where the divers are carried along and around the Petit Piton by a current; no kicking is required. Tomorrow the groups will switch! Besides fun dives today, two students completed their Advanced Open Water Certification today, Maxime and myself!
For lunch, we all convened back on the deck of Ocean Star for delicious fried tofu bowls made by Staff Steph, Soph, and Quinn. Following lunch, we had seamanship in the salon for our navmaster course. Today we pulled out charts, learned about their different features, and practiced switching between a true course and compass course while accounting for magnetic deviation and variation. The class wrapped up around 3:15 pm, and we were released to enjoy the rest of the afternoon. To our surprise, O Star was visited by a smoothie boat – basically a small skiff full of fruit, a blender, and a hilarious smoothie-making man. As he was making up the twenty-some smoothies we ordered, he handed up various fruits to eat, including coconuts, soursop, and my favorite, avocado. I have not eaten an avocado since Antigua, 40 days ago, so it was an unexpected wonderful treat. The afternoon continued on as the shipmates took ocean showers, read their books, studied, and enjoyed the sunset. In the wake of dinner at 6, we had our nightly squeeze, which was especially wonderful tonight as the group raved about the diving from today and shared goals they are looking forward to accomplishing after the trip is over, from earning a yoga certification, learning a new language, becoming a yacht master, learning finance-related life skills, to crossing an ocean.
Yesterday evening our new captain arrived, named Hedrek, making today our first full day with him.
Fun facts about Hedrek:
1. He thinks his full name is funny: Hedrek Henry Vyvyan Tom-Baird
2. He is tall –> 6’5”
3. He likes to juggle
4. He grew up going to music festivals during the summers with his family for their family business, where they ran the tipi field
5. He likes to sing sea shanties
Just a quick hi to my parents and all my family who is reading the blogs:) I love you guys!
1. The base of the Petit Piton
2. Hedrek, our new captain
3. Maxime, Alexis, and Sam showing hype in the dishy pit
4. Stefi with a coconut from the smoothie boat
5. Teddy, Will, and Asta enjoying smoothies
6. Eamon, Maxime, and Tate waiting for their smoothies
7. Eamon showing top-level productivity during seamanship
8. Hedrek demonstrating his juggling in the chart-house
9. Staff doing staff-like things
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