Location: Antigua

Today was the first full day spent on Antigua. After a breakfast of bagels and yogurt, we walked over to Ocean Star in order to help the crew clean off the ship after their passage to Antigua from Nevis. Next, we had free time, so we went to a local convenience store for ice cream. After ten days on the ocean in the Caribbean sun, we were all ready for something cold. Around 1:00, we returned to Ocean Star for our second basic seamanship class. We learned about measures on big ships: flares, fire extinguishers, and ship systems. After class, we returned to Firebolt to take our Open Water dive course final exam. We passed with flying colors and were officially certified. Now we can dive with another open water diver to a maximum of 60 ft.

We had free time in the afternoon and got to know more about the island. At 5:00 that night, we left for dinner. The group hiked up to Shirley Heights, an incredible mountain top bar and restaurant. I really don’t think I have ever had a more satisfying cheeseburger in my life. The food at Shirley Heights was incredible, and the music was even better. After everyone finished eating, we made our way to the dance floor. Now, if there is one thing you should know about the Firebolt Crew, its that we love to dance together and be the life of the party. I kid you not; we must have danced for four straight hours. The band was local to Antigua, and they were incredible. They played everything from local music to Diamonds by Rihanna. We joined up with Ocean Star and had an amazing night. The whole experience was an incredible bonding experience, not just among the Firebolt crew, but everyone on our trip as well. It was the perfect opportunity for the crews of the two boats to get to know each other. Everyone showed some incredible dance moves, but again Lil’ Publix (Brian) came out on top. At one point, he even got up on stage! We capped off the night back on the top deck of Firebolt talking late into the night. The people on this boat are feeling less like a group of strangers, and more like a family. I don’t think I have ever felt so close to a group of people in such a short period of time. It’s actually quite amazing. I am so excited for the rest of the trip, and so dreading its end.