Location: Savannah Bay, Virgin Gorda, BVI

Today we awoke at anchor in Savannah Bay of the beautiful Virgin Gorda. After completing the first part of the PADI training onboard, it was time to get practical and begin the second part of the PADI training in the water with all the gear – the real deal. It was the first time for many of us on board and the beginning of a series of many more dives that we’ll continue in the following days. I think we all enjoyed seeing what it was actually like after completing the first part of training – quite an exhilarating experience, to say the least. Later we went for a hike from the leeward side of the island (where we’re anchored) to the windward side as part of the Oceanography class. We learned about the various things that wash up on the shore, as well as factors that affect them and the makeup of the beach, such as wave action, wind, and currents. It was a great day onboard, underwater, and on land in Virgin Gorda!