Location: South Male Atoll

Today i had the pleasure and unusual responsibility to be skipper of the day. After thinking long and hard about the perfect wake up song i settled on “in the jungle, the mighty jungle’ from the Lion King, after all who’s not happy after hearing that song! After breakfast and clean up everyone separated into their respective groups for the morning. Max, Madz, Emily, Henry and Bee completed the final skill on their open water course with Smudge. They are all now certified open water divers. Over the next few days the other students hope to also finish their final skills. When i asked Henry how he felt he said he was very proud and excited to complete the certificate and looked forward to many more dives.

At the same time half of the certified divers (Robbie, Fin and Ian) completed a skill dive with Amy. They had to complete an underwater assault like course and said it was really fun. They even had an under water running race on the bottom of the sea and Amy won, much to the disappointment of all the guys. For their second dive of the day Danar and Zac joined them to do an under water naturalist dive, which focuses on the marine life around the coral. Several crabs and garden eels where spotted hiding under rocks and in the sand.

The crew is working on several different research project for Oceanography. One group is studying the coral in the Maldives and surveyed a number areas to see if there is bleaching happening or Damage from tourism. Another is comparing the levels of plankton in the different Atolls, so needs to take numerous water samples and examine it under a microscope. Another group that is keeping a keen eye on water samples , hypothesize that increased levels of oxygenated water containing nitrates and phosphates. They believe these levels will increase as we approach more densely populated areas. The bio-fouling group have been examining the hull in severalareas and depths to see what is growing on the under side of the boat. Lastly the pollution Group have been recording sightings of waste they see or find, identify it if possible and record its location. Like the others they hypothesize this will increase when nearer denselypopulated areas or after big storms.

in the evening the crew had leadership class where they discussed the importance of mindfulness in leadership. The class was lead by Gillian and Danar who choose the discussion points and chaired the class. Tomorrowwill be our last day in Male before provisioning and heading off on passage to the Seychelles. The excitementis brewing already.


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1. So much help in the galley today

2. Tom and the gang on passage to Male

3. Sam and Val suited up to tackle grime

4. The deckies getting pumped for clean up

5. Dinner clean up in the salty pit

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