Underwater Discoveries Adventures
UDX33 Update - Wednesday, August 08, 2012
We got Wrecked!
Hello from Lady Helen, this is your leader of the day Patrick speaking. I’m pleased to inform everyone that today the group got wrecked – in a good way of course – but I’ll get to that later.
The motto for day 8 was pretty simple; go with the flow, and DIVE DIVE DIVE! The day started early for a few students and one of our wonderful dive instructors Mark. Savannah, Carly, Conor, Margo, Catherine, Mark, and I woke up at the crack of dawn for a sunrise dive. Per our motto, we didn’t select a dive site before loading the dingy but instead decided to go with the flow and dive somewhere new. Our sunrise dive was a great way to begin the morning. We didn’t know the name of our new dive site so we dubbed it Fresh Monkey Breath Reef, since we saw some monkeys running around on shore while we searched for a dive site. While some of the group was busy diving, Kendall and Ed were busy in the kitchen making some delicious pancakes. We all sat down and ate a nice breakfast as the sun climbed into the Caribbean sky.
After breakfast and clean up we had some brief down time before some more diving. Luckily we were close to a couple of awesome wreck dives. Before lunch everyone got one more dive in on a wreck called Little Tug. Everyone was in awe as the wrecked tugboat appeared in the distance for the first time. When everyone surfaced, we ate a lunch of tomato soup improved with ramen noodles, a salad, and some garlic bread. Everyone was beat after lunch and clean up so we opted for a post meal siesta. Amy, Emily, and some others fell asleep in the saloon, while some napped on the bow or spent the down time swimming. Arielle, Ed, Andrew and Amy took advantage of the siesta by finishing the last of their open water certification tests. We’re all certified SCUBA divers now!!!
Once everyone was nice and lively, we got back at it again with another wreck dive. This time it was on the wreck of the River Taw. This dive site was really special. The visibility was much better than that of the previous dive, and this site even threw in a surprise: the site actually had not one but two wrecks to see. Both of the wrecks were teeming with life and we were even able to do some swim throughs on one of them. The fish on this dive seemed especially interested in us. One even followed Mark around and tried to bite his fingers.
When Hannah and her dive group got back onto the beautiful Lady Helen we pushed off of our mooring and headed for the cove where we would spend the night. The short motor was quite relaxing and was a great way to wind down after a day of diving. We anchored next to another Broadreach boat and hung out until the cooks began dinner. After we all chowed down on some killer chicken alfredo we were given the option of going or a night dive. Almost everyone went, and we all had a great time. I even saw two moray eels! Everyone showered up after the night dive and things began to wind down. Speaking about winding down, I need to get to bed – after all, some of us have been up since 5:30 this morning. That’s it tonight for the Lady Helen and UDX 33, over and out.
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