Location: Portsmouth, Dominica
Day 59 really snuck up on me, as I find myself in charge of the blog once again. Also, Happy easter! Instead of an Easter bunny leaving chocolate and jelly beans, we had the Easter Whale show up to deliver us coconuts and beef jerky. Today is day four in Dominica, which started off beautiful as ever, no double rainbows this morning, but clear ocean views sufficed. Keaton, Addison and Katie worked hard in the galley to deliver some delicious lemon poppy seed muffins for breakfast. Soon after cleaning up we stumbled into the salon to take our marine biology exam, which I personally think went well, Steve might think otherwise but we’ll see… Seamanship followed with more navigation practice and I can confidently say that I would put a ship right up on the rocks if I were solely responsible for navigation, but it’s just practice right? Anyway, we finished up our dead reckonings and had some time to set up dive kits for continuing our rescue diver course! We plopped into the water one by one and began our “unresponsive diver at the surface” training, and out of air situations on the bottom.
I hopped in with Max and we went over rescue breaths (mouth to mouth resuscitation) and managing an unresponsive diver at the surface. I don’t know much about mouth to mouth resuscitation but I do know one thing, you always get your teeth involved. Max seemed off-put by my suggestion, and just wanted to blow on my cheek instead of actual mouth to mouth contact, which I reluctantly obliged. After some rescue breath practice we descended below the surface, but Max forgot his weight belt, so just myself descended without my partner, but Ash was there so it was legal. I felt lonely on the bottom, everyone else had a partner but I was left stranded and cold, 30 feet under. But alas, Max returned to the surface to grab his weight belt and by the grace of Poseidon’s Trident, he emerged from the light, properly kitted and handsome as ever. It was an Easter miracle. We then practiced out of air situations on the bottom, sharing air and whatnot. Max provided me his spare regulator when I was “out of air,” we locked arms and ascended back to the surface. Once we emerged I began to feel seasick, so I floated between groups until we left the water.
Dinner was served on time, and absolutely delicious. The galley crew absolutely out did themselves today. We finished up the night with an Easter scavenger hunt. We don’t have easter eggs, and nobody was really willing to share their candy so instead we hid sticky notes all around the boat, that eventually led to the discovery of the playboy bunny cake! All together a great Easter, and looking forward to another beautiful day in Dominica tomorrow.
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