From the Valenza trip journal:
Today we woke up at 7:30 in St. Barths to a great breakfast of tasty French toast and iced tea made by our excellent chefs Maggie and Sarah. Then we all took a trip to the beach, where we discussed our full-value contracts (the commitments we will make to our leaders and each other), as well making a web of trust for our group. Afterwards, we swam back to the boat to get ready for our navigation dive, and review our use of compasses with Tiffany.
Next we dove, got great practice with navigation and came up to the boat for some chill time, during which big Joe, Logan, Brooks, and Jordan all climbed the jib. In the meantime, Peter, Ben, Natalie, and Trevor all learned how to use the compressor, and Ellie chilled out in the hammock along with Miriam.
We all ate a great lunch of chicken salad and went for a great dive where Emma spotted a moray eel and Miriam and Scott spotted a sea urchin. When we got back we all chilled, Brooks and Jordan flew a kite from the dinghy and Peter chased turtles, accidentally scaring them away in the process. After the slow speed chase we were all briefed about our night dive and ate a great chili dinner.
Finally it was the moment we all were waiting for... the night dive. We all set out slightly nervous and not sure what to expect. When we reached our site we were given instructions on how to signal in the dark, get others' attention, and where to point our lights, as well as how to go to different sites based on being in the red or green groups. We all were freaked out about sinking into the darkness below, but when we finally got down we all truly enjoyed ourselves. In the red group Logan spotted a school of squid and little Joe spotted a giant sea turtle. In the green group there is still controversy over the spotter of another turtle between Sarah and Trevor, as well as the finding of a spotted moray eel.
In the end, today was a great day filled with glows and hardly any Glums. We truly hope to have more days like this, and we look forward to going to Gustavia!
Logan & Sarah