Location: Padar Bay, Inodnesia
Today started off with a bang at 0700. Breakfast was made by the lovely head chef of today, Carolyn, who spoiled us with chia seed pudding and granola. Little did we know that we would need every ounce of energy from breakfast that we could get for the very full day ahead of us. After breakfast and cleanup, everyone was split up into two groups. Group 1 continued to practice rescue skills, finishing up the last exercise in the rescue course. This included giving rescue breaths to an unconscious diver at the surface, pulling them out of the water, and then administering O2 to them. While that was happening, group 2 was in seamanship class, continuing to learn more navigation master knowledge. Today, the class went over how to find a position based on one fixed reference point.
After each group was done with their respective activity, everyone came together for a hike. The hike was phenomenal, to say the least. It also was a fantastic reminder of how out of shape I am, and I am sure others on the hike could agree. Who would have thought that living on a boat wouldn’t have built up endurance? _()_/ Despite the fact that breakfast had thoughts about coming up on this steep hike, it was well worth the effort for the fantastic view. From the tippy top of the hike, we could see three different kinds of beaches: one white sand, one black sand, and one pink sand! Insanity. The breeze at the top was a great addition to the views and made it very comfortable to take a quick breather before heading down. The way down was just as fantastic as the way up, but with a touch less wheezing on my end. Once we were back at the bottom, we saw a deer enjoying some coconuts before going to his special friend in the shade.
After the hike was a very welcomed lunch, which replenished our energy for the rest of the afternoon, groups 1 and 2 swapped their activities, so group 1 was now learning more about nav master. Group 2 was in the water practicing their final rescue course exercises. In some fantastic news, everyone passed their final rescue exercises!!! But is that all? Not even close.
A little bit later in the afternoon, after everyone was done with their activities and was out and about chilling, D (Delaina), Zack, Gabe, Tim, and I snuck into the water for a surprise rescue scenario. As soon as Tim, the panicked snorkelers, started yelling, it was chaos. I started to yell, needing to know where my buddy Gabe had gone, and D (Delaina) and Zack were in need of rescue breaths due to their lack of consciousness. After about 15 minutes of the whole rescue class coming together as a solid team and working through many problems thrown their way (including but not limited to: me trying to climb up the ladder with Chloe hanging on to stop me, then promptly falling on deck, Gabe going in and out of consciousness, confusing Jack and Matt to the max, Tim talking about his 12 siblings as Grace tried to help get him out of the water), they passed! It was incredible. Now they just need to pass one more scenario in order to finish the practical part of their rescue course.
While all this was happening, Gordon was hard at work with his Divemaster course. He was helping to lead a Discover Scuba Dive (DSD) class, and from what I have heard about it, hilarity ensued. But Gordon has been powering through his course recently, which has been so awesome to see.
After a pretty successful scenario, everyone was able to relax a little bit, which led to many people working on essays, showering, or hanging out. At 1800, a delicious dinner was served. Many helpings were had after the very full day we all had. Now that cleanup is over, the oceanography class is in full swing! Safe to say that today was definitely one for the books.
_()_/ _()_/ _()_/ _()_/ Happy days !!! _()_/ _()_/ _()_/ _()_/ 15/10, would do this day again.
P I C T U R E S!
1. A very smiley Justin, who had just passed his last rescue exercise. So much excitement, 12/10
2. Emma learning a whole lot in her nav master class. Big smiles for math and navigation, 11/10
3. Chris taking a quick snack break before getting to the top of the hike. Very necessary, 13/10
4. The view from the top of the hike. Very nice. 10/10.
5. Matt throwing up the peace sign while handling gear for rescuers. Classic Matt and his peace signs, 11/10
6. Will working very hard on getting the numbers right for nav master. Working hard, 12/10
7. Preston saving Chloe. Chloe was saved, 13/10
8. Amelia saving Justin, Justin survived, 13/10
9. Rykleigh looking pumped prior to the hike, 12/10
10. A fantastic photo I got of the deer eating coconuts. Very soft looking. Much softer looking than the deer I see at home. 18/10