Winter Ocean Classroom 2021: Day 15

Winter Ocean Classroom 2021: Day 15

Christiansted, St. Croix

Casten C.

January 23, 2021

Today was our second real dive day. We woke up again at 0645, ate some breakfast and headed to Holly's. We walked over to the dive shop again and got our stuff together, all the BCs, O2 tanks, and squeezed into our damp wetsuits. Hopping on the boat, we whipped it to our first dive site, on the way seeing a dolphin not too far away. We made it to Turquoise Bay, our first site. Hopped in almost immediately, as we were eager to get down. We did a couple skills, using compasses, taking off the mask and- towards the end- emergency ascent. At Turquoise Bay, we saw lots of sand and colorful coral filled with fish. We saw a little group of turtles enjoying their swim along with us. We ascended after about 35 minutes before hopping on the boat for our second site. The second site, not too far away was magical, called cabana. We descended into another world. Filled with colorful fish, turtles swimming all around us, sharks circling and passing us. We saw all sorts and sizes of stingrays hiding in the sand, before popping out and swimming right in front of our eyes. It was surreal and amazing. We headed up after about 40-55 minutes. We got back to the dive shop and were stamped and signed as certified divers! We got some amazing tacos and burgers from the boardwalk and had a chill day of classes and free time. A day we will never forget.

Good luck Charlies!

Casten Crosby