Wednesday, July 24, 2019
The day started nice and early, with everyone waking up at 6:00am. We had breakfast and after doing our morning clean, got straight to doing our last scenarios for EFR which was completed with great skill and agility. Once we finished our scenario, we took our final exam for EFR and we all passed. As a reward for finishing, we took turns wake-boarding and tubing in the bay. Lunch was made, and everyone scarfed the food down so we could go on our first dive in a few days. Our dive gear was set up, so we were ready to jump in. On the steps of the boat, we put our fins on and jumped into the somewhat choppy water with peak efficiency.
The dive site, known as Hannah's Happy Place, was once a beautiful reef teeming with life until one tragic day a boat dragged their anchor through it, thus destroying much of the reef. Despite the saddened condition of the reef, it was still a fun and exhilarating dive, with us constantly being pushed by the underwater currents. In the end, I saw a total of three rays and two spotted moray eels and ample amounts of fish.
The next part of the day included a lesson about the environment and how climate change is affecting the ocean, which in turn affect us. This was followed by some free time and a delicious chili dinner made by yours truly ;-). Dinner and cleanup were swift because we had our first night dive! On the dive we saw a bunch of rays and puffer fish sleeping. After the dive, the shower felt great. Everyone was exhausted so we all went to bed.
Today was #LITAF (Lit as fish) and i'm going to sleep now.
Daniel Schneider, Emergency First Responder, Certified advanced open water diver.