17 Jan PM – SUNDAY FUNDAY

A picture of me diving. YAYYYYYYY

A picture of me diving. YAYYYYYYY

Today, January 17 was our second Sunday in Discovery Bay. We woke up at 6:30 am to meet by the dock to start our diving trip. At 7 am, we prepped our gears and loaded the boats to go explore the creatures of the ocean. The boat ride took about 20 mins and finally we got to the designated area. We put on our gear, fins, and masks, and started our descent. Lila (the awesome) was my dive buddy today, so we had to go down to the bottom as a team. I had a little trouble equalizing so I had to descend slowly today. We went down with Professor Brad and a group of almost 10 students to a depth of almost 60 feet!!!! The awesome part was that we were exploring sponges and corals located on a slope, so we couldn’t see the bottom of the ocean and had to stay suspended in water and swim around without standing. What a great adrenaline rush! It was a great practice for buoyancy control and a great view overall! We saw brain corals, sergeant major fish, blue chromis fish, and lost of different and colorful sponges. After spending 32 mins under the water, we ascended back to our boats and left back to our docks. I took a nap for the first time here since I was so busy getting my certification for diving and trying to keep up with all the assignments. We had lunch and then we worked on our photo collection assignment, which is due today at 6:30 pm. We are basically putting together all the pictures of all the awesome creatures we found in the ocean together, and we are naming them with their common and scientific name. Our lovely TA Colin left back to the states today. Colin you will be missed! On a final note, I want to thank Lila for being such a great dive buddy, Will and Sebastian for being awesome group project members and helping me keep up with everything I have missed in the past week. Love yall.
XOXO YULIYA.

A picture of the best group partners WILL AND SEABASS.

A picture of the best group partners WILL AND SEABASS.

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