Saturday, August 3, 2019
Most of the group woke up a teeny bit late
Some were up earlier, but they had trouble waking their mates
We learned how to search for missing divers on land
On our first dive, we practiced our navigation skills using compasses. We were preparing for the unlikely situation in which a diver goes missing, learning how to do various search patterns underwater with a dive buddy. After learning the search patterns on land, we descended and practiced them underwater. After a speedy surface interval, most of us were right back in the water. Our second dive of the day was a shark conservation dive, in which we observed how sharks (or the lack of) effects the environment.
Luckily, we saw a total of 4 reef sharks! After both our morning dives, we returned to the island and got some lunch. After walking back from the restaurant, we geared back up and jumped in the pool. Once in the pool, we worked to advance our rescue diver skills, learning how to give rescue breaths to an unbreathing/ unresponsive diver while towing them to safety. After finishing our pool session, we geared up for our last dive of the day - a night dive. Those who dove saw various magellic (majestic and angelic combined) creatures, including a giant hermit crab, eels, and an octopus. After the night dive, the whole group was incredibly chilly from the night dive. Luckily, this hotel has actual hot showers. Some might say toasty. To wrap up our activity packed day, we went out for a solid dinner and mobbed.