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

Arrival in St-Lucia!

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Today was a long, wet, long day full of many liquids. It was sail day, a 9 hour ride from St. Vincent to St. Lucia. Starting at 4 AM, the instructors prepped for sail. By 4:10 we were off! It was already raining when many students stumbled out of their sleeping spots and found another one far from the rain. John, Amelie, and Leah watched us all in laughter as we stood up dreary and then quickly crashed back down. We were given the chance to sleep all sail but most of us woke to the 11 ft swells and rain storms. Our morning went like : wake up, move, sleep, breakfast, sleep some more. We were amazed when we arrived in St.Lucia multiple hours before we had planned to. The Pitons were partially hidden in the fog but were still a beautiful welcome to St.Lucia. Two hours after passing the Pitons, we entered Margot Bay- where we will be staying for the next few days before our departure.

We were privileged enough to have leftovers AND use the rarely used microwave for lunch. After lunch, we were given free time and decided to spend it free diving. As students, we are determined to free dive down to 100 ft in the next four days. Realistically, many of us are struggling to make it to 20 ft. Amelie taught us how to free dive using breathing techniques which many of us practiced for a long time, improving our deep diving depth. We were then asked if we would rather go to a small beach or a pool/multiple pools at a resort. It was a hard decision, but we decided fresh water would be a nice refreshing change. John dinghyed us to the pool and smiles spread across our faces as we saw the large pool with FRESH WATER. As we explored a little more we found the bigger pool with a swim up bar. We swam for hours and ordered many cold drinks.

Once we got back to the large boat we have called home for the past few weeks, Cavendish, we showered. Amelie and Leah made dinner which was burrito bowls and we sat and talked for a while. After 18 days we are still learning many new things about each other. See you tomorrow!