Today we woke up promptly at 6 am and got ready to jump in the water to begin learning the first skills of our Rescue Diver course. We put on our bathing suits and jumped into the chilly water as heads bobbed up from the water. Before we descended we practiced rescue skills on the surface like how to manage a panicked/tired diver and buddy towing. After that we sank to the floor and learned how to calm uncomfortable divers underwater, stop nervous divers from unsafe accents and how to bring an unresponsive diver to the surface.
Next, we got out of the water and we changed into dry clothes and got ready to explore the small town of Clifton. We packed our stuff up and had Captain John dinghy us to the beach where we began our hike into town. After climbing up the steep gravely trail, we reached a curvy road high up on the coast of the mountain. We continued down the road stopping to look at the precious scenery and the cows and goats that crowded the roads. Once we arrived in Clifton the group split up to explore the small town with dozens of little shops and restaurants filled with sweet locals and delicious fruit markets. Later, we taxied back up the road we came and walked to the beach to wait for John to pick us up.
When we arrived back on the boat we got right back into continuing our Rescue course. We began by reading our dive books that taught us about the psychology of Rescue Diving and how to prevent dive accidents. After that our instructors talked to us more about the signs of a panicked/tired diver and reviewed what we learned in our books. Then we talked about how to execute proper expanding square and U shaped search patterns and practiced them on the surface. We got back into our swimsuits and split up into two dive groups to practice the search patterns under the water. After we completed that we got back onto the boat to get ready for our Curry dinner and cake dessert; safe to say we are all ready for another day of Caribbean fun!