Location: Mt. Point, Virgin Gorda
Hello everyone from day three aboard Ocean Star! Today was particularly busy because we got to begin diving! After an early wake-up call and breakfast, everyone who is getting their Open Water Diver certification got some hands-on practice setting up their dive kits, and then they headed out to complete their first few confined water dives. Meanwhile, I headed out on a dive with the other previously certified divers to check in on our skills and confidence in the water. We had a great time and got to see some awesome marine life, including one of my personal favorites, the blue tang! After everyone returned from their dives, we set up for lunch. In the afternoon, the Open Water course continued with some more classroom time. This left a few of us with some free time that we gladly filled with learning to sail Zests. We then all headed to the beach to do some snorkeling and hang out in the beautiful water. Savannah Bay today was full of vessels from GXG, and our Seamester buddies on Vela were here with us. This has been a great first spot to visit, and everyone’s appreciation only increased tonight with a beautiful sunset over the water.
Overall, today was super busy and definitely a challenge. Last night brought our first round of anchor watch for the crew, and we had to get up a little extra early to make sure we could get everything done that we needed to do. Even though everyone was likely tired and maybe a little stressed, we continued to work well together and support each other. Living in such tight quarters could be hard for anyone, but everyone here has had a great attitude towards the trip, and we are having a great time getting to know everyone.
If you are seeing this, hi, mom and dad! Give Josie an extra treat for me; she is a total water dog and would love it here. Okay, goodbye, everyone, and make sure to check back in for more updates from Ocean Star!