Location: The Bight, Norman Island

Our day started with a dock meeting with Mike, where he explained what was going to happen over the next few weeks. Then the last two shipmates, Candler and Kiley, joined us after dealing with travel issues. Soon we set off on our first sail, where we went to our first destination. We all began to understand how the boat works, and all helped to make sure everything went smoothly. Gabe was the skipper of the day, guiding the boat from the back as we sailed. We soon reached The Caves, where we were able to snorkel and take our swim test. After mooring the boat, everyone prepared to take the swim test, which consisted of six laps around the boat and ten minutes of treading water. Bella finished the laps first, and while we were treading water Dyer came up with an alphabet game to play to pass the time. After finishing the swim test, we had some time to relax while we waited to snorkel, and everyone really got to know one another and bond. When it was time to snorkel Margaret, Marley, Paige, Candler, and I went in the first group to the dive boat, where we got our fins and masks. Bean, Bella, Rhoads, Dyer, Gabe and Isaiah followed in the second boat. We all then jumped in the water and began our snorkel tour. We saw lots of coral, squirrelfish, parrotfish, blue tangs and even a few sea urchins. After 20 minutes of snorkeling, we returned to the dive boat and went back to our boat. We took showers, which consisted of using soap and shampoo and rinsing off in the ocean, and got ready for dinner. Dinner was Sloppy Joe’s, mashed potatoes, corn and salad. Then we cleaned up from dinner and got ready for our first dive chat! Today was so much fun; I am glad I was finally able to join the group! I am really looking forward to many fun days and adventures ahead with my new friends.