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Location: Savannah Bay, BVI

Once again, we began our adventure with a morning dive. This time, however, we were aiming for our advanced open water diver certification. Many of us, if not all of us, spent the greater part of today staring at a sand patch underneath the sea, with the intent of using our compass to find our way to and from the boat during a dive. PADI requires that all divers aspiring to earn their advanced open water certification grasp underwater navigation. Needless to say, we passed with aplomb. While not the most exciting dive, navigation diving taught us important and crucial skills that could save us should we get lost or estranged from the boat. In this way, today’s dive lesson proved itself an apt metaphor for Seamester: lost souls navigating their way to spiritual shores! Regardless, every experience breathing underwater astounds me in its defiance of natural law, as though I was cheating an ancient system.

After our dive, Carolyn taught an Oceanography class disguised as a hike. We walked across an aquamarine Caribbean beach while learning about the effect of wind on waves and shores. We explored both the windward and leeward sides of a small island to examine how wind effects the topography and environment of an island. The class complemented our understanding of the ocean and beaches; it added a scientific element to the ocean’s overwhelming visceral qualities that we all appreciate and admire.

Rain poured on Argo on and off today, allowing for many rainbows and quick fresh water rinses! Another day to remember, and one of many I don’t think we’ll ever be able to forget. Keep swimming.