As the new set of recruits at Cap Ternay, we arrived last Friday as a group of 21 strangers, and after our first week on base we are definitely not strangers any more. There has been many ups and slight downs throughout the week, a down being that most us are pretty well covered in mosquito bites, so any and all means of bite relief are being used. Arriving in this beautiful country has definitely been the biggest up, the people, the scenery, and of course the ocean. I really didn’t know what to expect coming onto base, a big question among the new recruits was were we going to be living on rice and beans for our time on the island, but the food has really exceeded our expectations and a lot of the meals are so much better than home, due to the freshness of the ingredients. A great thing has been going out to find fresh coconuts, husking them, and using it to make goodies! The first week has been super busy, every day packed with lectures, dives, and duties. A very busy week has paid off with all of us completing the PADI advanced open water diver course! The dives during the week were mainly training dives but were still so amazing, with sightings of hawksbill turtles, rays, eels and many types of reef fish and corals. There’s been a lot of banter outside of the water too, with the camp BBQ on Thursday night and a visit from the local wildlife (rat) on Friday night. What I’ll call the rat incident really did send everyone screaming (even the guys), but even at 2am we worked together as a group to somewhat deal with it. The weekend has been spent by most in Victoria, contacting home and having a general introduction to the island that will be our home for the next number of weeks. Saturday we went as a group to secret beach, a beach only accessible by water. Snorkelling out there was fun in itself, getting some killer shots of the fish along the way, but we were also greeted by this amazing beach with a fresh water lagoon and a rope swing. Naturally this entertained us for hours and was absolutely the highlight of my week. Team building never really stops here as things happen 24/7 at Cap T, but you know that every experience is something new, and it’s nice to have such a good group of volunteers and staff to laugh with at the end of the day. Next week we have fish spots, turtle dives, movie nights, coral spots and much more planned, read next week’s blog to see how all that has gone!
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