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Location: Padar, Komodo National Park

Hello from your skipper for the day! If people were tired when they woke up this morning, that did not last for long. As we woke up, we heard screams and cries for help, and we dove right into our first rescue scenario of the day. We were a little groggy at first, but the dip into the water really helped with that. The scenario involved divers under the surface, which was new for us. It was cool for people to be able to descend and bring them back to the surface. The scenario also involved Gabe being extremely agitated and quite frankly scary. We had five people restraining him, and he still pushed through us. He was a powerhouse. It was very amusing as he tried to get to his fake wife, assuring us that he was the best one to help her because he was an eagle scout. We, unfortunately, did not pass this scenario (I blame it on the fact that we had just woken up), but we learned a lot from it and had a blast doing it.
Next, the first group went diving and saw lots of cool things, including a devil ray. They got back, and something seemed suspicious again. Sure enough, we heard Lolo’s screams for help again. We immediately dove into action once again. This time we made a better plan of attack. In the scenario, there had been a giant squid that had spooked Amanda, who shot to the surface. Ricky and his princess had stayed diving but had skipped their safety stop. (Possible DCS–big yikes) Tim playing Ricky was quite amusing as always until he went unresponsive and was less fun to talk to. There was lots of CPR performed. We did not pass this scenario either, but at least Lucia is happy about this. She wants to keep failing so we can have more fun.
After that scenario, we ate lunch courtesy of Jack and then got right back into diving. Group two went out and also saw devil rays. Then group 3 went out as soon as they got back. We saw sharks and pufferfish and had a lot of fun underwater. We also saw Dory and Nemo, which was very exciting. There was also a turtle feeding which was quite cute. We got back from diving and had some time to chill and finish up our leadership essays. Then we ate dinner, which was ground beef and potatoes. We then got to go night snorkeling! It was super cool, especially because we had a blue light that lit up the coral. It was a great end to a great day!

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Our dive site, Secret Garden
View of Argo and some really cool rock features from the dive site
A dinghy full of excited night snorkelers
Carolyn and Whitney looking cute

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