St. Lucia + The Windward Islands: Advanced Scuba + Sailing Voyage


Tuesday, July 23, 2019

This morning we woke up at what now feels like the very late time of 7 am. We started our morning enjoying some interesting pancakes. After we cleaned up, we continued our EFR training by learning some aspects of primary care, such as log rolling and the Heimlich maneuver. Then we snorkeled over to a really cool sandbar in the middle of the ocean, where a lonely umbrella stood in the center. On the snorkel, we saw a nurse shark! Also, our instructor rescued crabs from tourists who were picking them up by educating them on the incredible amount of stress it puts the animals under.

We returned from the snorkel to embark on our sail to a short stop in Clifton to go to customs. Then, we went to anchor our boat in Chatham where we practiced rescue scenarios such as bandaging wounds and giving CPR. One thing we struggled with was keeping the spines of our patients stable as we administered care, however we are working on it and definitely improving! We are applying our AB CABS skills. AB CABS stands for Airway, Breathing, Chest Compression, Airway, and Breathing (mouth to mouth) and Shock/ Serious Bleeding/ Spinal Injury. AB CABs is the cycle of care administered on a patient who is unresponsive and not breathing, (so basically dead). We will stumble upon our instructors in various positions of ailment, such as being passed out and very serious jelly head wounds. There is a lot of yelling and bandaging. We got to apply the skills we had learned in lecture. Then, we had free time where some of us each put on two PFDs and floated in the water, laughing.

Before dinner, we were given characters who all had unique responses to the illness assessment our teammates did on us as conscious patients. For example, one person was allergic to seaweed, and also had not drank water for a few days, and we had to figure out what was causing his sickness by asking the correct questions. After the scenarios, we constructed chicken enchiladas. While the enchiladas baked, we practiced creatively splinting each other using various methods, such as fins, brooms, and winches. It was so much fun and quite challenging!

Signing off,