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Location: Virgin Gorda, BVI

The majority of the crew was feeling a bit disoriented or just simply tired this morning after having completed their first anchor-watch, which was introduced just a few hours before the first people had to take up their shift. We are now a part of a unique, self-made rotation wheel that decides whether we get the night off and a full amount rest, or if we have to wake up in the middle of the night (any time between 22:00 and 6:00) to keep an eye out for potential perilous situations. Those could include the dragging of the ship’s anchors, swinging towards other boats, pirates preparing for an attack or thieves wanting to profit from the potential hidden treasures in a ship full of college students. All in all, there is an infinite amount of possible things that could threaten our entire ship’s safety, which is why each of the students on their respective anchor-watch is happy to sacrifice an hour of sleep every other night.

After enjoying a very delicious breakfast, composed of four different kinds of bagels and various spreads, the crew felt reenergized and ready to face the day. The Open Water students were especially excited to take their first breath underwater, supported by the rest of the students working on advanced and rescue certifications. We were then divided into three different groups, and each got to complete our first dive of this trip. The Open water students got to experience the unique sensation of their first breath underwater next to a breathtakingly beautiful beach, while the rescue and advanced students went on a dive to refresh their underwater skills. I can say with absolute certainty that every person enjoyed the dives.

As the groups were taken on their respective dives, the remaining crew members on the ship got the opportunity to try out sailing on small boats. The majority of us have never even sailed before, so by sharing a lot of laughter and under the guidance of our capable staff members, we got to improve our sailing skills through trial and error. To be specific, you would have to call it: “improving our skills through capsizing and somehow sailing the boat”.

After a wonderful dinner of vegetable curry shared with a few additional visitors and filled with laughter and jokes, everyone is falling into their respective roles of the day during cleanup, which has already become a routine for us after only three days of working together. All in all, this has been a very eventful, but fulfilling day and everyone is looking forward to all the adventures to come in the next few weeks.