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REGISTRATION

The registration lottery for all Florida Sea Base, Brinton Environmental Center, Bahamas and USVI programs began on 15 January.  The lottery will close on 15 February.  Click HERE to begin the registration process.

CONFERENCES

The current session of Scouting U concludes on Sunday at the Florida Sea Base.  But not to worry, another session begins Monday.  In the meantime, the Brinton Environmental Center has been hosting a National Camp School that concludes on Tuesday.  Sometimes it is hard to tell, but under the leadership of Director of Program Tim Stanfill, the Florida Sea Base has been striving to reduce the number of adult conferences and filling that time with even more youth programs like STEM.

WEATHER

The Weather Channel, local and national news are all focused on winter storm Jonas.  Meanwhile, the Florida Keys are again ignored.  But at least a few non-Keys residents will now know, here we go again!

Hi everyone,

Another strong cold front will sweep through the Florida Keys and adjacent coastal waters Friday evening.  The front will be preceded by an occasionally rainy period from late tonight through Friday afternoon, and followed by the onset of strong to near-gale breezes blowing from the west and west-northwest.
The storm system which eventually will affect most of the U.S. East Coast with a variety of high-impact winter weather, is organizing this afternoon over the Deep South and northern Gulf of Mexico.  The system will both intensify and expand rapidly tonight through Friday night, as it migrates eastward, across the southeastern United States and adjacent Gulf and Atlantic coastal waters.
Fresh east breezes this evening will turn southeast overnight, with rain developing over much of the area by Friday morning.  Southerly winds Friday morning likely will undergo fits and starts around the Florida Keys, as channels of air accelerate into the developing storm system to our north.  A break in the rain is likely at some point Friday afternoon, before a band of squalls ahead of the oncoming front powers through Friday evening.  Rising west wind and building sea will proceed through Friday night.  Expect sustained west winds near 30 knots with occasional gusts reaching gale force.  Saturday is likely to be very windy and cooler, with a low overcast and occasional sprinkles.  Expect sustained west to northwest winds near 30 knots with occasional gusts reaching gale force.  As the large storm pulls away over the North Atlantic on Sunday, the wind is expected to diminish rapidly across Florida Keys coastal waters.  A residual westerly swell will persist through Monday, in the Gulf and lower Straits, while a long-period north-northeast swell develops in the Straits off the upper Keys by Tuesday.
Attached is an image of forecast significant wave height for 7:00 p.m. EST, Saturday (from our Nearshore Wave Prediction System).  Notice how the waves bend (refract) toward the Florida Reef tract and the Gulf-side flats.
For details on warnings, watches, advisories, wave heights, timing, and more, please consult the following information sources online:
Florida Keys Coastal Waters Forecast:
Hourly Weather Graphs for Florida Keys Marine Locations:
Nearshore Wave Prediction System output:
Smartphone widget:
Best Regards,
Chip K.
 Kennard “Chip” Kasper
Senior Forecaster-Marine Program Meteorologist
NOAA/National Weather Service
1315 White Street
Key West, Florida 33040

Capt. Steve Willis
FSB Program Director – RETIRED
Professional Scuba Bum™
Trying to stay warm in the Mother Country

 

 

 

WEATHER

The Florida Sea Base is very blessed to have a dear friend in Chip Kasper, Senior Marine Weather Forecaster with the National Weather Service in Key West.  Chip sent this email yesterday:

Hi everyone,
Wind and weather will change quickly during the next 48 hours (through Thursday morning), with a potent, but short-lived northeast blow, some rain, and a few stronger squalls and thunderstorms expected.  Wind and sea likely will subside abruptly Wednesday night and Thursday.  However, a rare, long-period (10-12 second) north-northeast swell will migrate into the Straits off the upper Florida Keys during the Wednesday night-Friday time frame.
Small Craft Advisories are already in effect for all marine zones adjoining the Florida Keys.  Northeast breezes will freshen this afternoon, reaching a steady 25 knots tonight, with frequent gusts near 30 knots possible for a few hours amid rain and building sea.  Attached is a graphic from our experimental Nearshore Wave Prediction System, valid at 7:00 a.m. EST, Wednesday, January 6.  Note significant wave heights exceeding 10 feet in the Gulf Stream between the middle/upper Keys and the Cay Sal Bank.  Conditions will improve rapidly on Thursday.
Please consult the following sources for additional information pertaining to Florida Keys marine weather:
Florida Keys Coastal Waters Forecast:
Hourly Weather Graphs for Florida Keys Marine Locations:
Nearshore Wave Prediction System output:
Best Regards,
Chip K.
Kennard “Chip” Kasper
Senior Forecaster-Marine Program Meteorologist
NOAA/National Weather Service
1315 White Street
Key West, Florida 33040

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As I was writing this post last night, the wind was howling and the boats were dancing in their slips at the Florida Sea Base.  Maybe this will pass in another 24 hours or so.

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CONFERENCE

John Green, BSA High Adventure Group Leader, and many other members of the National High Adventure Division arrive for a few days in paradise today.  What a welcome Mother Nature has in store.  Still, I am sure they will have very productive meetings and make plans to make the best group within the BSA even better.

Don’t get used to this flurry of posts.  The weather is holding me hostage and without TV or a companion, I find writing these posts is the only way I can keep from talking to myself.

Capt. Steve Willis
FSB Director of All Things Scuba – RETIRED
Professional Scuba Bum™
Aboard S/V Escape

11Jan

READERS

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VOLUNTEERS

Scouting, the Boy Scouts of America, and certainly the Florida Sea Base would not exist without volunteers.  You are an amazing lot.

I received this comment from Tim Gaffron in the Minneapolis area:

Hi Steve!
Thanks for the shout-out in your posting! Yes, it’s been extremely cold for the last couple of weeks, and tough to drag oneself out from under the warm covers. They actually cancelled a lot of schools yesterday due to below zero highs and wind chill factors in the -30 to -40 range. (What’s wind chill?  http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/winter/windchill.shtml )

Snowing and windy today, with blizzard warnings out for the southern half of the state… it’s good to be you in the Keys!

Warm up is in sight as we are supposed to get to +15 or so on Sunday when we have a Crew ski trip scheduled. Yay!

Cursing my Norwegian ancestors for settling here…
Take care!
Tim

I also meet Steve Everett from Pennsylvania last week.  He was attending a conference at Sea Base.  He is an regular reader of the blog, and like most of the BSA volunteers I have meet over the years, he is VERY dedicated to our cause and willing to share ideas on how we can improve.  “Continuous improvement” pursued relentlessly at the Florida Sea Base.  Sometimes we strike out and have to try again.  But occasionally we hit a home run and, more often than not, there was a volunteer coaching us up to the plate.

Steve and Leah Martin and their band of volunteers have returned after missing last winter due to the construction of the new scuba training facility.  For years, several volunteers have donated a month or more to improving the facilities at the Florida Sea Base during the winter months.  I am VERY pleased that they are back.

CONFERENCE

A new group of conference attendees started arriving yesterday, a day ahead of schedule.  Their conference doesn’t start until after dinner today.  Food Services Administrator Captain Rae Murphy said this is a repeat of last week’s conference.

HAVE TRAILER – WILL TRAVEL

The trailer and pickup are loaded and I plan to ease out of here very early Monday morning.  If all goes well I will beat rush hour in Miami.  The toll roads in Florida are expense but expedient.  With four axles the toll more than doubles and the expediency becomes too pricey.  The alternate route is to drive to Miami, then due west to Naples and north along the Gulf Coast.  This adds about an hour of drive time due reduces the toll expense significantly.  Besides, I haven’t gone that way in several years and the change of scenery will be nice.

WEATHER

There is a good chance that I will be leaving in the rain.  We have a 30% chance of rain today, increasing to 40% tonight and tomorrow.

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I should have a tail wind as I cut across the state and with 8,000 pounds in tow any help is a blessing.

POSTS

I do not expect to post again until Thursday or later.  I appreciate your patience and your loyalty to this blog.  Hopefully I will have something worth sharing.

Capt. Steve Willis
FSB Scuba Director – RETIRED
Professional Scuba Bum™
Aboard S/V Escape

CONFERENCE

The last of the program participants departed the Florida Sea Base yesterday morning and two conference groups arrived in the afternoon.   The conference department will rule the base from now until mid-February when program season will return.

STAFF

Most of the winter program staff has departed.  The base is quickly becoming a lonely place.  I think Bo Busler, Cory Lancaster and Tyler Burns plan to start working for the scuba department today.  There is a lot of work to be done in preparation of spring crews.  The transformation from the old scuba area to the new scuba training facility is FAR from complete.

My family is anxious for me to return to Texas but I have a few issues aboard Escape that MUST be addressed before I leave for three months.  I hope to be back in the frigid Mother Country by 15 January.  Low 80s in the Keys versus barely above freezing back home.  I think they should all consider moving down here.  I have NO tolerance for cold as long time readers know only too well.

IDC

There are TENTATIVE plans for the Florida Sea Base to host a PADI Instructor Development Course 01 – 10 April 2015 with the PADI Instructor Exam to be held in Key Largo on 11 – 12 April.  More information can be found on the ScubaTraining page of this site.  Please email FSBScubaTraining@gmail.com with specific questions.

WEATHER

Not perfect, but probably better than wherever you are.

NWS Forecast for: Lower Matecumbe Beach FL
Issued by: National Weather Service Key West, FL
Last Update: 2:15 am EST Jan 5, 2015

Hazardous Weather Outlook

Overnight: A slight chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 77. East wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 10%.

Monday: A slight chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 80. East wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 10%.

Monday Night: A slight chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 73. Northeast wind around 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 10%.

Tuesday: A slight chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 79. East wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 10%.

Tuesday Night: A slight chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 72. East wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 10%.

Wednesday: A slight chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 77. Chance of precipitation is 10%.

Wednesday Night: A slight chance of showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 62. Breezy. Chance of precipitation is 10%.

Thursday: A slight chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 71. Windy. Chance of precipitation is 10%.

Thursday Night: A slight chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 66. Windy. Chance of precipitation is 10%.

Friday: A slight chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 75. Chance of precipitation is 10%.

Friday Night: A slight chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 70. Chance of precipitation is 10%.

Saturday: A slight chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 77. Chance of precipitation is 10%.

Saturday Night: A slight chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 72. Chance of precipitation is 10%.

Sunday: A slight chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 78. Chance of precipitation is 10%.

Point Forecast: Lower Matecumbe Beach FL
24.85°N 80.73°W (Elev. 0 ft)

Visit your local NWS office at: http://www.weather.gov/keywest

We certainly lucked out weather wise with the DMA and winter program.  The wind has been very brisk from the east for the past few days and will continue to blow for several more.

THANKS

Captain Dennis and Dr. Ellen Wyatt treated me to dinner last night.  They are wonderful people and I cherish their friendship.

Capt. Steve Willis
FSB Scuba Director – RETIRED
Professional Scuba Bum™
Aboard S/V Escape

FSBN BLOG

Ben Aaron, a graduate of the Florida Sea Base Divemaster Academy, posted a comment asking about the future of this blog with my pending retirement, and specifically if Joe Angelo is going to inherit the site.

I am sure everyone can understand that Joe is overwhelmed with trying to grasp the controlled chaos and insanity of trying to manage the scuba programs.  I hit him with the medical constraints and review process yesterday.  At this point I have not made him aware that the blog exists.  So I do not expect him to take over the blog soon, if ever.  Additionally, I pay for the site and all expenses related thereto plus writing this in my spare time.  Maybe someone (Ben?) will express an interest in taking over when I’m finished.  For now, I will still have some ties to the base and think I can keep this going.  But beyond that, who knows?

CONFERENCE

We had a small group, three participants and three instructors arrive yesterday.  The participants are here to become certified fishing instructors for National Camp Schools.  I would think this is an all outdoor program, and if so, the weather is not going to be very cooperative.  We have a decent chance of showers today, the low for tomorrow morning is forecasted at 68 and an even 60 for Sunday morning.  On top of that, we could have winds in the 20-25 knot range with gusts to 30 knots over the weekend.

HALLOWEEN

The ladies in Admin are insisting that everyone wear a costume to work today.  I think I’ll dress up as a tired, old, fat, ugly former FSB Program Director.

Capt. Steve Willis
Professional Scuba Bum™
Aboard S/V Escape

27Oct

ALEX

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SO LONG FOR NOW

Scuba Commissioner Alex Bergstedt is heading north today; first to Orlando, then making his way to Ohio and home to Valparaiso, Indiana.  After that he’s off to Europe for about three weeks and will return to the Florida Sea Base in time for the Divemaster Academy in December.  Alex has been the true leader of our scuba program for years and the machine will not run well while he is absent.

CONFERENCE

The BSA Aquatics Workshop concluded Saturday evening.  However, the clean-up continues.  I have to find a second driver early this morning so we can return all of the canoes to the South Florida Council camp in Fort Lauderdale.  Conference Commissioner (and Scuba Instructor) Tyler Giblin loaded all 14 canoes onto the trailers and hooked the trailers to vans (for which I am very thankful).  Captain Luke Knuttel has returned the extra standup paddle boards to the Brinton Environment Center but we still have to get the log roll returned to them.  Tyler and Brenda Mallory have to wash, dry, fold and put away all of the towels and linens and clean the classroom.  Bo Bussler has scuba tanks to fill and scuba and snorkel gear to put away.  Whew!

WEATHER

The computer models are temporarily in agreement on the track of Invest 94L, and – for now – it is headed away from the Florida Sea Base.

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Locally we are doing better this week than last.

Today: Sunny, with a high near 84. East wind 10 to 15 mph.Tonight: A slight chance of showers.
Partly cloudy, with a low around 76. East wind around 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 10%.
Tuesday: A slight chance of showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 85. East wind around 15 mph.
Chance of precipitation is 10%.
Tuesday Night: A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 77.
East wind 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 10%.
Wednesday: A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 85.
Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Wednesday Night: A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around
77. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Thursday: A slight chance of showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 85. Chance of precipitation is
20%.
Thursday Night: A slight chance of showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 77. Chance of
precipitation is 20%.
Friday: A slight chance of showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 84. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Friday Night: A slight chance of showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 74. Chance of precipitation
is 20%.
Saturday: A slight chance of showers. Sunny, with a high near 83. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Saturday Night: A slight chance of showers. Mostly clear, with a low around 73. Chance of precipitation
is 20%.
Sunday: A slight chance of showers. Sunny, with a high near 82. Chance of precipitation is 20%.


Point Forecast: Lower Matecumbe Beach FL
24.85°N 80.73°W (Elev. 0 ft)
Visit your local NWS office at: http://www.weather.gov/keywest

Capt. Steve Willis
Professional Scuba Bum™
Aboard S/V Escape

CONFERENCE

The BSA Aquatics Workshop concluded last night.  It has been a long five days at the Florida Sea Base.

WEATHER

The final day of the BSA Aquatics Workshop was gorgeous.  I had the pleasure of taking a group diving.  It was a very special treat to have Brad Smith from PADI and his youngest son, Parker Smith, diving with us.  Brad is an incredible role model and I am thrilled that some of our scuba staff had the opportunity to work with him this week.

Look at this crazy set of computer runs.

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I really don’t know what to say.  Here’s what the National Hurricane Center posted:

TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK
NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL
800 PM EDT SAT OCT 25 2014

For the North Atlantic...Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico:

1. A broad area of low pressure over the northwestern Caribbean Sea
is associated with the remnants of Tropical Depression Nine and a
cold front.  This system is producing disorganized showers and
thunderstorms, and redevelopment, if any, will be slow to occur
while the disturbance meanders for the next few days.
* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...10 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...low...20 percent.

Forecaster Blake

I hope to take it a little slow today.  HA!

Capt. Steve Willis
Professional Scuba Bum™
Aboard S/V Escape

CONFERENCE

Wednesday morning 15 to 20 Scouters were working on their American Canoe Association (ACA) Standup Paddleboard Instructor rating while many more BSA Aquatics Workshop attendees were arriving and the BSA Aquatics Task Force was meeting to discuss all things aquatic within the BSA.  One of the topics that was discussed is the recent changes to Cub Scout electives and how those might require changes to the BSA Safety Afloat doctrine.  We also discussed the progress being made with various organizations that can help us attain our goal of having every Scout (including Cubs) learn to swim.  The big issue seems to be access to a swim facility.  There are a lot of swim facilities and opportunities within the US.  Members of the Aquatics Task Force are working aggressively to identify organizations and locations that are willing to work with Scouting.  As much as I detest meetings, these were timely and relevant discussions.

Today is our outdoor hands-on aquatics day.  This is how the day is starting off.

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I am hopeful that we will catch a break by 9 AM.  Regardless, just as with all outdoor activities, we will work with what we have, keep a good attitude, and make this a good day.

Capt. Steve Willis
Professional Scuba Bum™
Aboard S/V Escape

WEATHER

Ironically, 13 October was the end of the rainy season for South Florida and the Florida Keys (including the Florida Sea Base).  This Wundermap® screenshot from yesterday morning would not cause anyone to be concerned.

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But add the satellite layer and POOF, reality.

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We obviously have a lot of moisture headed our way.

Late last night the National Hurricane Center upgraded this system to tropical depression status, designated TD 9 and are forecasting continued development to tropical storm status before it crosses the Yucatan Peninsula.

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The long range storm track suggests the system will stay south of Cuba.  However, we are still expecting a lot of rain, especially Friday and Saturday, from this system.

The National Weather Service forecast continues to forecast winds from the NE through Saturday, but we experienced westerly winds at the Florida Sea Base most of yesterday afternoon.

 CONFERENCE

Despite the weather, the show must go on.  Attendees of the 2014 BSA Aquatics Workshop began checking in yesterday.  The BSA Aquatics Task Force members will meet from 08:30 to 17:30 today.  I am not a fan of meetings; a necessary evil I suppose.  More participants will arrive during the day and the show kicks off in earnest after dinner tonight.

Capt. Steve Willis
Professional Scuba Bum™
Aboard S/V Escape

 

21Oct

5 1/2 HOURS

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CONFERENCE

In preparation for the BSA Aquatics Workshop, Scuba Commissioner Alex Bergstedt and I spent over 5½ hours braving Miami traffic and some of the hardest rain I have seen in a long time.  But the canoes arrived safely at the Florida Sea Base.  Will the weather allow us to use them?  That is the question.

American Canoe Association instructor trainers arrive tomorrow to certify about 17 Scouters as Stand Up Paddleboard instructors.  I want to express my appreciation to Florida Sea Base Sailing Director Captain Luke Knuttel for helping with so many of the logistics this week.

WEATHER

Invest 93L is worrisome but still too unorganized to effectively forecast.  The experts seem convinced that we will get more rain from the system.  Beyond that, all is speculative at this time.

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Our local forecast continues to call for rain and moderate temperatures.

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The NWS marine forecast indicates very manageable winds.  So long as the wind has an easterly component, life is tolerable in Matecumbe Harbor where the workshop will be conducting their boating activities.

Today: SSE wind around 10 kt. Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Seas 1 ft or less.
Tonight: SE wind around 10 kt. Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Seas 1 ft or less.
Wednesday: ESE wind around 10 kt. Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm. Seas 1 ft or less.
Wednesday Night: E wind around 15 kt. Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm. Seas 1 ft or less.
Thursday: E wind around 15 kt. Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm. Seas 1 ft or less.
Thursday Night: ENE wind around 20 kt. Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Seas 1 ft or less.
Friday: NE wind around 20 kt. Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Seas 1 ft or less.
Friday Night: NNE wind around 20 kt. Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Seas 1 ft or less.
Saturday: NNE wind around 20 kt. Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Seas 1 ft or less.

Ah, but remember, ’tis only a forecast.  It may be spot on, it may be nicer than forecasted, or we may get hit by an asteroid.  In an unusual turn of events, it seems this system will be more of a rain maker and less of a wind event.

Wow, it’s 04:30.  I am going to get a couple of hours sleep.  With the insanity that will be the BSA Aquatics Workshop conference, please bear with me if I moss a post or two this week.

Capt. Steve Willis
Professional Scuba Bum™
Aboard S/V Escape

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