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Joey Berven '20

Joey Berven '20
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Day 7: Marine 2 in the Grand Cayman

Today was the final day of diving until heading back to Dallas. Although a little sad, I quickly forgot about this as I couldn't wait to dive through more tunnels. Due to the weather and waves, we had to drive to a marina but the dive sites were in sight. Once we got our over view of the site...

Day 6: Marine 2 in the Grand Cayman

Today was finally the day I could scratch off an item in the bucket list, which was ship wreck diving. I have seen many videos about outrageously sized fish lurking inside the ships so I wasn't very keen on cruising through a ship. This was also going to be the first dive I will film as Matthew let me...

Day 5: Marine 2 in the Grand Cayman

Shout out to my roommate Greg for being my alarm once again as I woke up at 7:20 this morning. With the boat leaving at 7:45, you already know the rushed routine I went through to catch up and get ready. I especially didn't want to miss the dives today as there was another pipeline to explore. After a...

Day 4: Marine 2 in the Grand Cayman

I have now gotten used to my rushed pace in the morning despite trying to wake up earlier with the addition of more alarms but I once again awoke to the need for speed. After getting ready, we were greeted by the same buffet breakfast as yesterday which didn't bother me at all due to the high quality of...

Day 3: Marine 2 in Grand Cayman

As another sunrise casted rays on the water, I groggily woke up to realize I need to rush. We had a tight schedule to change, eat, and get on the boat for our dives. Once again, the dive locations were within sight of the resort so hats off to the guy who the guy who chose the location. The...

Day 2: Marine 2 in the Grand Cayman

After a splendid sleep, I woke up to my blaring alarm and rushed for breakfast as a two tank dive was embarking shortly. Although the boat only went a couple hundred yards off the dock, I could still see the bottom in forty feet of water similarly to the six foot deep dock. I also was thankful to have...

Day 1: Marine 2 in the Grand Cayman

I never realized that the Grand Cayman was a dependency of the United Kingdom until I saw gold-framed portraits of the king and queen front and center at the customs for the airport. I became baffled and thankful I didn't have to drive as the change from how I would normally drive back in Dallas was drastic. They drive...

6th Day In Hawai’i: The Summit

We started off the day with a service project which our efforts resulted in us on the front page of the local newspaper. We dug sand out of an old pond which was destroyed by a tsunami. We dug the sand out a pool which would be fresh and salt water and also the home to endemic shrimp. With...

5th Day In Hawai’i: Black Water Dive

We started our day off by visiting the kampachi fish farm where we were given a tour of their farm. While we looked over some of the large tubs holding baby fish, our guide said that the kampachi fish can grow to harvest size in just seven to eight months. I found this interesting as the minimal growth time...