It was a great day at the Florida Sea Base. I started out the day in sweatpants and a jacket. By 1000 I was in shorts and a long sleeved shirt. By lunch the sleeves were rolled up.
We did not have any new crews arrive at Florida Sea Base today, but we did have 5 Coral Reef Sailing crews return to base for their “fun day”. This kept the Coral Reef staff and galley staff pretty busy. All of the Divemasters were out diving with their crews. Milly has a crew of 6. Half are certified and half are completing their Open Water Diver certification with her. They were on a boat to themselves with Capt. Dennis Wyatt and knocked out 3 dives today. The other Scuba Adventure crews went out on BSA Adventure with Capt. Carol Chapman and First Mate Rick Kuras. They did 2 dives and then went back out for a night dive with Capt. Rich Beliveau relieving Capt. Carol.
I know I have mentioned this several times this spring, but we have a GREAT staff. I continue to be impressed with their cohesion and scouting spirit.
Capt. Alex Bergstedt helped me put the motor on my (relatively) new dinghy and get it launched today. I have a little 2 stroke Mercury 15 horsepower motor. It hasn’t been run in over 10 years. So I put it in the shop a few weeks ago and had them install a carburetor kit and change the lower unit oil. Capt. Alex pulled the starter cord once and she fired up. We drove her around for 15 or 20 minutes and she ran fine. 15 horsepower is just barely enough to get my rigid inflatable dinghy on plane. But plane she did and all is well.
I believe Capt. Rich has finished hiring all of the summer sailing staff. I have one scuba opening left and several applications. I will fill that position in the next day or two.
Tomorrow Capt. Rich, Rob Kolb (our immediate supervisor) and I are going to the Naval Air Station in Key West. Years ago, the Sea Exploring crews used to dock on Navy property where the old submarine basin used to be. That dock was given to the City of Key West and turned in to a cruise ship pier. So we were booted out. We are now trying to get approval to dock at a different part of the Naval Air Station. Rob Kolb has been working with one of the Florida Sea Base Committee members, Dan McCarty, Admiral, US Navy, Retired, for the past few months. I think the mission tomorrow is to visit the site where we would be allowed to dock and work out security issues.
That’s all for today. I’ll let you know what happens in Key West tomorrow.