Author: Brian Snouffer
Location: Pain de Sucre, Les Saintes
Today was a fun filled day with all kinds of diving, but before that all students had to attend the last day of MTE class. This consisted of a review for our big navigation exam that is to happen on Day 82. Afterwards, students had the option to go on a fun dive or studious students stayed on the boat to study for the mad rush of exams and projects that our due in the next 5 days. Also, students on deck could entertain ourselves by watching the Dive Masters in training, Dwight and Marina, complete their swim test.
After lunch there was more diving to be had as the students trying to get their Advanced Open Water set out in buddy pairs and perform navigation tasks. This included calculating an average swim speed, navigating a line and finally navigating a square, which didnt always end up looking quite like a square.
Finally, the diving concluded in the evening with the second half of students getting their chance to take the plunge into the dark. And let me tell you. Joe was putting it lightly when he said night diving is 'pretty epic." I can honestly say it is one of the coolest things I have ever done and the only way for you to truly understand is to go night diving yourself.
After diving, students were split amongst a variety of activities which included studying, sleeping and my personal favorite, lying on deck looking at the stars.