Location: Cane Garden Bay, Tortola

After a dry, peaceful night’s sleep, we awoke to a cereal breakfast. For the first time, our long-anticipated wait was over, and we were able to do water sports! Anyone who wished was able to alternate waterskiing, wakeboarding, or kneeboarding while enjoying the beautiful scenic dingy ride in the meantime. We were greeted back on the catamaran with quesadillas, which were fought over until there weren’t enough for fifths. Soon later, we were briefed for our second and final research certification dive, and we were each tested on our ability to use transects and quadrats. Unfortunately, the transect may or may not have jammed while I was using it, and Liam, our marine biologist, and I spent a painful hour recoiling it. We all then showered and had a much-needed lazy afternoon as we motored to Cane Garden Bay, hanging out on the boat. Our chefs prepared a delicious chicken curry dinner which was followed by the squeeze question of the day: what is your biggest pet peeve? Tonight, we’re looking forward to a free night where we can hopefully enjoy a starry sky.

Pictured: Whitney and Zach being cool; Bud, Teddy, Amélie, Zara, and Zoe hanging out in the salon; students hard at work on their research projects; the view from Brewer’s Bay (our dive site); Zara and Zoe rocking upside-down shades; the crew about to eat a delicious dinner prepared by Amélie and Bud.