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Location: Terre de Haut, Les Saintes

Today we woke up to a rainy yet beautiful day in Les Saintes. The sun was shielded by an overcast of clouds, and the sky was darker than usual. After breakfast we did a swift and tidy clean up in the drizzling rain, but managed to stay dry for the most part. After clean up we had our first EFR (Emergency First Responder) class with Tor. In this class we are learning how to do CPR and other life saving techniques. This class will be a necessary part of earning our PADI Rescue Diver certifications. The class was quite entertaining. We watched the same instructional videos that have been helping people since the late 90s and practiced CPR on test dummies. After EFR we headed to shore to have OCB class at a Cafe. We practiced our fish identification skills for about an hour and a half, and became more confident for our future fish ID exam. After this class we had shore time. Exploring this French island was very interesting. Many of us sat at cafs and exploited the internet available while others explored the islands’ many attractions. Some went on a short hike to the ruins of a fort on the hillside that were quite old. Some chose to go the beach on the other side of the island instead. It had amazing rock structures and large waves crashing into them. We were all back on Ocean Star by 5:15 pm and to have a delicious dinner. It was raining quite hard at this point, so we were eating down below in the saloon. After dinner most of us went to sleep eager for the next day to begin.