Location: Sommer's Beach, Tortola

We started off the morning with a great breakfast of cornbread, banana nut muffins, and eggs made by Brabee, Fernando, and Dylan. After breakfast, we sailed over to Sommer’s Bay, where Nando, Ben, and Preston went over to Aquamarine for a student-led fun dive and successfully returned to the boat. Brabee for sure got at least 3 and a half other people to wear dive socks because she is amazing and everyone’s favorite. I am so proud that she is such a trendsetter. She is definitely not typing this right now. (Back to Julia) I only wore a single sock in my bootie because I had some blisters that were painful. The rescues went in pairs and completed their last navigation dive. We had to use our compasses to navigate to 6 different points after being given specific headings. Ellie and Natalie were the first pair and completed the course the fastest. Brabee, Alexis, and Ryan were next, and Harley and I were the last pair to go in the water. Once everyone had gotten out of the water, we had a nice lunch of mac and cheese. The schedule had originally planned for us to eat vegetable soup, but we collectively agreed the mac and cheese seemed more enticing. After lunch, we had a bit of nap time, and then the Rescues jumped back in the water to do exercise 8, which was getting an unresponsive diver onto the boat. It took a little while for us to get the hang of it because the boat was not really meant for this kind of exercise. In the end, we were able to successfully complete the rescue exercise and then celebrated by everyone jumping off the side of the boat while getting some pretty cool photos. The girls then spend the next hour getting ready for the beach barbecue. Harley changed into about 7 different outfits before finally changing back into the second one. Preston gave her some really good fashion advice. A little while later, around 6, we got picked up in a dinghy and were taken to the shore where the barbecue was happening. Preston was quite the help as he sacrificed his dry shorts to hop in the water to help everyone get out of the water. He is truly inspirational, and I aspire to be more like him. There were hot dogs, hamburgers, potato salad, and macaroni salad. For about 2 hours, we had fun and talked with both the sail side and dive side before returning back to the boat. Preston again helped everyone back in showing his selfless nature. The night ended with Hibiclens showers while Ben and Ryan observed life forms out in the water, an interesting foot party, and the daily squeeze.

– Julia