The Florida Sea Base Alumni and Friends Association has announced the winners of the 2014 college scholarships; Nathaniel Krafve from the Brinton Environmental Center and Emily Mathae from Sea Base. The SBAFA awards two scholarships annually. Please visit their website and consider joining. As a charter life member myself, I feel it is a worthwhile way to stay connected and to support the organization and especially the staff.
Ken Wagner, Venture Crew 359 Associate Advisor, emailed the following YouTube links from his crew’s Florida Sea Base Scuba Adventure.
This was a “double crew”, SASU081014AB. They are from the Western Massachusetts Council (if memory serves me). The first video was shot at Robbie’s Marina, a popular tourist location about 4.25 miles north of Sea Base. The second video was shot at Davis Reef.
Ken also sent these two photos of Katrina Surdyka who endured a very challenging medical ordeal just in time to make the trip to Sea Base.
Katrina with a nurse shark.
Katrina with Florida Sea Base Scuba Instructor/Captain Scott Patton.
Invest 96L was upgraded to Tropical Depression 4 at 4:49 PM Eastern Time yesterday. As indicated in the graphic, the National Weather Service is forecasting TD 4 to intensify into Tropical Storm Cristobal sometime today.
The system should have minimal, if any, impacts on the Brinton Environmental Center and the Florida Sea Base. The Sea Base Bahamas programs have concluded so there are no safety concerns for participants. However, most, if not all, of the captains and their vessels are still in the general vicinity of Abaco. They have been through much worse and will prepare well for this blow.
The National Weather Service marine forecast for the Florida Keys is calling for maximum winds of 15 knots through Thursday within the areas that we operate our sailing and scuba vessels.
Capt. Steve Willis
Professional Scuba Bum™
Aboard S/V Escape