This morning was one of the most intense wake ups I have ever received. I had my alarm set for 7 AM to get the crew up and prepared for breakfast. However, my alarm was beaten by about 2 minutes when I heard, “We have an unresponsive diver in the water” from the top of the companionway. As you may have read previously, a large portion of our crew is in the process of obtaining our rescue diver certificate. The 9 of us participating in the Rescue Diver course grabbed clothes/ swimwear and ran up the companionway as quickly as possible, the rest of the crew following to observe. We came up to see our Oceanography teacher in the water acting as the panicked diver, and Captain Ben playing the role of the unresponsive diver. Considering the earliness of the morning, I was extremely impressed by how everyone came together to complete the rescue.
Everyone had a job and worked cohesively to calm the panicked diver and bring the unresponsive diver aboard to perform CPR, provide oxygen, and ultimately bring Captain Ben “back to life.” It was stressful, to say the least, but in retrospect, I was very impressed by what we had all learned in such a short period of time. As the day continued, we hopped into a cab and made our way to Stingray City, Antigua, for a fun-filled afternoon of petting, feeding, and holding stingrays. The excitement was palpable as you saw each of us get the first feel of a ray against our legs. In the ride back to the boat, we all shared stories of the different experiences we had with the rays, and we almost forgot about the written Rescue Diver exam that awaited us. As the rest of the crew wished us luck, the nine rescue diver students walked down the companionway nervous to take the exam we had been preparing so thoroughly for. Tor knew how eager we were to get our results, so she graded them immediately. I am proud to say that we all passed the exam with flying colors. We were all extremely proud of one another. After an action-packed day, we finally prepared for passage to St. Barths nervously as it was rumored to be 9-foot swells. As soon as we pulled the anchor up, we sailed out into our first squall, anxious and excited for the sail that lay ahead. All in all, today was quite the day!