The morning started off with fine breakfast omelettes with OJ and coffee to provide a solid foundation for the ladies' diving. We took a short but necessary detour to the Ma Dou Dou store/factory by car on the way to the dive shop and stocked up on tasty spiced rum in colourful bottles.
I dropped the two off for their dive and then proceeded to attempt to get my camera underwater setup for the zoom lens working, but that took almost an hour because it just didn't want to work; then I went to Rocher Créole for a test dive and was disappointed when the camera didn't focus (I think I hit the “manual” focus switch when I put the camera into the housing) and kept the dive quite short. I headed to the beach in front of Octopus diving and watched another class where they were practicing pulling dead weight unconscious divers from the water which looked rather strenuous. I unloaded the dinghy and turned it around in order to clean the bottom, which had half of a kelp and seaweed forest growing on it (again). The timing fit as Desi and Agathe came out of the water with their instructor just as I'd completed. The exhausted ladies and I headed back to the boat, had a happy hour libation and made a BBQ steak and potatoes simple dinner and, before we knew it, we were off in bed. The alarms had to be set for the first time, as they needed to get to their class before 8am.

Buffalo Mozarrella Omelette Yummy (and filling) way to start the day!
(2012-02-29 10:55:18 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/4.5, 1/200s] ISO 100 Focus 0.89m)
Buffalo Mozarrella Omelette
Agathe and Desi working the galley Preparing breakfast and cleaning up the galley on Zanshin in preparation for the first day's diving.
(2012-02-29 10:51:02 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/4.2, 1/50s] ISO 100 Focus 2.66m)
Agathe and Desi working the galley
Checking website layout aboard Here I'm checking out the uploaded webpages on the blog to see that they are in fact legible and layed out as I like.
(2012-02-29 10:51:24 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/3.5, 1/10s] ISO 100 Focus 0.71m)
Checking website layout aboard
Rum Choices... All these complicated decisions to make!
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Rum Choices...
Ma Dou Dou selection Ma Dou Dou selection
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Ma Dou Dou selection
Ma Dou Dou spiced rum Selection of spiced rum in colorful bottles at Ma Dou Dou factory outlet store.
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Ma Dou Dou spiced rum
Octopus diving ashore The dressing area ashore at Octopus Diving in Grand Case, St. Martin
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Octopus diving ashore
Desi about to take the first dive lesson Desi about to get into the wetsuit and go into the first confined water lesson with Agathe at Octopus Diving in Grand Case, St. Martin.
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Desi about to take the first dive lesson
Agathe preparing for confined water lessons Agathe halfway ready for the first lesson off the beach at Octopus Diving in Grand Case, St. Martin.
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Agathe preparing for confined water lessons
Post-diving refreshment Happy hour at sunset in Grand Case, St. Martin after Agathe and Desi had their first long underwater confined water exercises and are well on their way to getting their PADI open-water certification.
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Post-diving refreshment
Desi making the Desi showing her new sign-language communication skills after a swim off Zanshin in Grand Case.
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Desi making the "sign"
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