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EXTREME SEAL EXPERIENCE P.R. SCUBA Trip, Day 5, Wednesday

Wednesday morning started like all of the others with an intense PT led by Chief Fuch in the hotel resort’s gym. The boys trained in calisthenics, free weights, and cardiovascular. Breakfast was served poolside before the short drive down the highway to the marina. Every drive in Puerto Rico is an adventure in itself! The drivers all seem to be in a great hurry to get wherever they may be going, and you are not going to slow them down!

Once we made it [safely] to the marina, the Sea Ventures crew were ready on deck with all of the SCUBA gear neatly laid out and ready to go.

Before immediately boarding the boat, the students were given a 30-minute on land tutorial in basic navigational skills. They learned the concept of counting their kick cycles and following their compasses in both triangle and square patterns. This requires one to pay very close attention to their compass and their math, as each turn requires a simple addition or subtraction of degrees, varying on which pattern they are practicing. These skills are crucial in search and recovery and of course, not getting lost underwater.

We left the marina with stormy seas, but it quickly cleared as we got further away from the mainland. The boys were in for a treat today with some great visibility and awesome dive sites! And of course, more lionfish hunting!

After the short boat ride to the dive spot, the waters had cleared to a beautiful, deep saphire blue with such great visibility, we could see the ocean floor about 60′ down. The students geared up, joined their classes, and after some brief instruction, dove in ready to practice their freshly practiced navigation skills in a search and recovery mission.

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