|A larger boat being hauled out of the water.|
|The crew of a dragon boat hauls it ashore|
|Our boat preparing to be launched.|
My friends Daniel and Kelly and I spent yesterday learning how to operate and navigate a small boat on the East China Sea. The morning was dedicated to an outdoor class where we learned some marine basics and received information about the fourteen miles of Okinawan coastline that we would be allowed to navigate. The afternoon was actually focused on learning how to operate our watercraft - a twenty-foot fishing boat with a 70 horsepower Yamaha outboard motor.
|Our instructor, Chiaki Maekawa|
We took our lessons at Kadena Marnia which is a government run facility close to Kadena Air Base, yet it is open to Japanese nationals as well as to Americans. The Marina is where people go who want to become certified divers, as well as learn how to snorkel and operate a variety of watercraft. There was a large diving class sitting next to us in the morning as we received our formal "schooling," and in the afternoon another large group was in the water learning to snorkel close to where the boats were tied up.
|Daniel's turn to drive!|
|Chiaki and Kelly while our anchor is dropped.|