Archive for October, 2009


Happy Halloween

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Just a brief note to wish everyone a fun and SAFE Halloween.  Also, don’t forget to set your clocks back tonight as Daylight Savings Time ends.  I am working on Divemaster Academy projects today and starting preparations to drive to Orlando Tuesday for the DEMA (Dive Equipment and Marketing Association) Show.  Captains Rich and Carol and our Retail Sales Director, Chrystene, are also attending this year.  I’ll let you know if I see or hear anything really cool.

The sixth annual Florida Sea Base Divemaster Academy will be held 20 December  2009 – 02 January 2010.  The instructors for this year’s Academy are Milly McCoy, PADI IDC Staff Instructor, Dave Ball, PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer and Capt. Alex Bergstedt, PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer.  Milly, Dave and Capt. Alex have a combined 41 seasons on staff at the Florida Sea Base.  We are also pleased that Scott Costa, PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor, will be assisting with the course.  (Click READ MORE)

A few years ago, the “Key West Day” was removed from the Out Island Adventure.  A day in Key West has never been a scheduled part of the Scuba Liveaboard Adventure.  In 2009 the Coral Reef Sailing Adventure was restructured and no longer includes a day in Key West.  For 2010, the Scuba Certification crews will no longer have a “Key West Day” as part of their itinerary.  Read more for the explanation.

In the past, the BSA minimum age for scuba diving was 14. Therefore scuba participants had to be 14 years of age before they could scuba dive at the Florida Sea Base or in a unit activity. However, High Adventure policy allowed persons to participate in other programs provided they were turning 14 on or before 01 September of the year they were going to participate.

The new BSA Scuba Policy allows persons of “Scouting age” (generally meaning as young as 10.5 years) to participate in scuba. However, the High Adventure age policy remains the same. Therefore, beginning 01 January 2010 persons can participate in FSB scuba programs if they will be 14 years old by 01 September 2010.

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The Scuba Diving merit badge is now a reality.

The basic requirements are:

1. Do the following:

a. Show that you know first aid for injuries or illnesses that could occur while scuba diving, including hypothermia, hyperventilation, squeezes, decompression illness, nitrogen narcosis, motion sickness, fatigue, overexertion, heat reactions, dehydration, injuries by aquatic life, and cuts and scrapes.

b. Identify the conditions that must exist before performing CPR on a person, and explain how to recognize such conditions. Demonstrate the proper technique for performing CPR using a training device approved by your counselor.

2. Before completing requirements 3 through 6, earn the Swimming merit badge.

3. Discuss the Scuba Diver’s Code with your merit badge counselor, and explain the importance of each guideline to a scuba diver’s safety.

4. Earn an Open Water Diver Certification from a scuba organization recognized by the Boy Scouts of America scuba policy.

5. Explain what an ecosystem is, and describe four aquatic ecosystems a diver might experience.

6. Find out about three career opportunities in the scuba industry. Pick one and find out the education, training, and experience required for this profession. Discuss this with your counselor, and explain why this profession might interest you.

While the FSB scuba staff will assist as possible in facilitating this merit badge, they will NOT function as Scuba Diving merit badge counselors.