Location: Marina Cay

We woke up to a splendid sunrise today as we prepared breakfast for our long voyage into the open sea. With Chad and Ava’s breakfast burritos, we were up and going fairly quickly today, as the breakfast was perfect for replenishing energy. As we set sail for the day, we had a lighting fast release from the mooring ball by Chili, who did an amazing job. We had no time to waste; we would be arriving at our destination soon… entailing us to get ready for our first, but certainly, not least, open water dives. As we arrived, We ate our lunch, which was white bean soup. Again, with no time to waste, we sped over to another boat called Liberty to start our first open water dive. All of us immediately split up into groups of 4, with my group including Griffin, Milla, and Bailey, then met with our instructors. We spent a decent amount of Tim bickering over who’s fins and gadgets were theirs, with me and some others getting a laugh out of it. Soon, we were in our gear and were in the process of entering the water. We quickly learned how to use the giant stride into the water, which consisted of holding your mask and regulator to your face, and staring at the horizon as you take a giant step into the sea. As we reached the bow of Liberty, our dive boat, we refreshed on our 5-star décents and ascents and briefly covered our objectives. As we descended, with the mooring line as our reference, my group was astonished by the open, blue water, which seemed to have no end, up or down. When we reached the bottom, the coral stretched for miles… it was truly incredible how vast the area underwater is.. and how much we have been missing in our little secluded world. We soon found a patch to complete our objective(s). The objectives included partially and completely flooding, then clearing a mask, breathing from an alternate air source, and our ascents/descents. We also had a little time left for my group, so we learned an easy way to do bubble rings. After we left the dive site, we came off of the dinghies to find surprise notes from the liberty students that gave our boat a pretty good laugh. Especially Jack. We took quick showers with some jellyfish (The jellyfish were completely harmless) and then started for dinner. We had some incredible tortellini and salad, courtesy of Ava and chad.. and we all soon huddled up for the long night of life works to come…