In typical island fashion, the morning came early. It had been a month or so since I'd been in the water and I was excited, as well as anxious.....sleep wasn't a high priority. After grabbing my camera, light, and regs, I headed out the door. Our dive boat, the Eastern Skies, awaited and some members of the Searaider team had already gathered. It was nice to see the DOXAs entering their natural element.
The clanging of tanks, the warm sun, the rumble of marine engines, and flashes of yellow, blue, black and mostly orange....completely summed up what diving-life is all about. I knew right away, this was going to be an awesome week.
The day's dive plan was to head slightly West and dive two reefs, Playing Field and Kelly's Caverns. We decided to do two reef dives, instead of a deep wall first, since some of the team hadn't been in the Big-Blue before. This was a great call, as it let everyone get accustomed to the boat, the terrain, tweak buoyancy and sort gear issues.
Amazing how at home I always feel, when returning to the Caribbean. It looked like everyone else was feeling the same, and with that said, here's the team getting their first taste if Searider 2008.....Diving style!
"whse"(notice the groovin' embroidery)
"jclevoy" and "TheMrs"
"jmoors" and "SeaNymph"
What a way to get back into the swing, but there's always the surface interval. Just enough time to chat about the first dive, grab a drink, make a few notes and.................
"Decompress" for a bit.
Or....figure out where my camera went.
Jeeez....I should have known.
With Playing Field and Kelly's Caverns under our belts, it was time to head back to shore. Lunch and a nap were in order for me, and it didn't take long before the afternoon was completely gone. Not a problem, as rumor had it that TMahaun was firing up the grill for some marinated beef delicacies...and delicacies they were. Perfectly seasoned, grilled brisket along with Brittie's tossed vinaigrette salad, made for an excellent ending to an excellent day. Even better for me though, was to see the newest batch of Searaiders come together....not as a group of divers, but more like a big, orange, diving family. Ahhh.........this in living.