Location: Victoria Harbour
This morning started out early as they gave the students a sleep-in and picked up anchor to move from Baie Beau Vallon to Victoria. The early morning motor was very calm and pleasant. As the anchor dropped, the chefs brought out breakfast, and the day got kick-off. All students joined the local dive providers to complete two more dives. This was the final dive for the advanced divers allowing them to become certified. In this group was Val, Angie, Emily, Carly, Cate, Myra, Madz, Gilian, Bee, Mo, Noah, Henry, Dylan, and Max. Half the group did a deep dive on a wreck of two barges. Local preservation groups have added a framework to encourage coral growth the created an archway to swim under. While the second was a fish ID, allowing the students to practice all that they have learned in marine biology. Noah said it was a great feeling to feel confident in the water and proud of all the skills they have learned so far. The group spotted four lionfish whilst on the dive, one of whom was sleeping.
Meanwhile, all the rescue divers ran scenarios working with panicked and drowning divers. In this group are Robbie, Ian, Zac, Trey, Danar, and Fin. After lunch, the rescue divers did a CPR class with Amy that will be part of their Emergency first responder certificate. Robbie said it felt good to be learning such a useful skill and very helpful to practice CPR as it can be needed anywhere in day-to-day life.
Jess took Sam, Sierra, and Lucia to Moynee island to see the tortoise as Lucia was unable to go on the last day. They found out how to identify male tortoises as having more pronounced humps on their shell while the females are smoother. There are approximately 147 tortoises on the island, including the babies. Sea turtles also come onto the beaches on the island to lay their eggs. Onboard passage prep and maintenance were complete by the staff, keep the crew occupied all day.
2. Sam and Carly
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