by Caciques Evan and Emma [slideshow]By just the 9th day at The Island School, “home” has taken on a new meaning. K1 and K2 made a triumphant return from our 3-day kayak expeditions feeling as though we had arrived home. It seemed as though the buggy beaches and the strenuous kayaking had accomplished something other than giving us itchy and tired arms—it created a family-like bond where everyone knew that together, the impossible could in fact be possible and any challenge could be overcome. Everyone had returned tanner, physically and stronger, mentally; and more excited than when they had left about the prospects of attending The Island School.

On this 10th morning, K3 and K4 departed for their own 3-day kayaking journeys, just after becoming certified scuba divers. On the other hand, those of us who had just returned began our intensive scuba training with a morning run, scuba masks and all. The seas were a little cold today, but it didn’t stop us from taking our first breaths underwater. While gaining important safety skills, we also caught a glimpse of some of the beautiful wildlife swimming around us. We have a few more days until we take the SCUBA certification test, but everyone is staying positive and excited about becoming certified.