Friday, July 15, 2011

Explorer: Week 2, Day 5

Today was a storybook ending to a fabulous week at Waterstart. The students filed in filled with energy, ready to kick off the final day of Week 2. The day began with some students finishing PADI knowledge reviews, quizzes, and the final Open Water exam for those trying for their Open Water certification. They all passed with flying colors, as Jacques, Josh, Kimone, and Kyesja joined Graham on a science trip around BIOS. The four scientists proved Boyle's Law with a number of different experiments in Ferry Reach, and got some great pictures for Dean to use in this year's Explorer videos.

After all the hard work was completed, the students loaded up on Polaris for the day's dives. Upon leaving Ferry Reach, Polaris met some choppy waters that tested the students' balance, but nobody got left behind. Calmer waters were soon found by Captains JP and Dready, and the campers set anchor near Watch Hill Park, adjacent to a beautiful reef. First in the water were Jacques and Josh as they attempted to finish up their Advanced Open Water certifications with Divemasters Dready and Graham. They went on a brilliant dive to 51 feet, identified beautiful marine life, and exhibited textbook diving technique. During their dive, the other campers completed a fish ID survey on the reef. For many students, this was the highlight of their day!

Following the Advanced divers were Kenyu, Kobe and Tyler all attempting to finish up their SCUBA Diver certification. According to JP and Dready, they all dove beautifully and enjoyed the breathtaking reef. Finally Emily, Gigi, Jojo, Dylan and Dan hopped in the water to complete their Open Water 4 dive. They removed and replaced not only their weight belts, but also their entire BCDs en route to receiving their full Open Water certification.

All the campers played in an intense game of Shark Tail on the BIOS football field to close out a wonderful week, and after receiving their certificates they left Clark Lab with a smile.

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