I e-filed my 2009 income tax return today. It feels GREAT ot get that off my plate!
The scuba divers at Florida Sea Base had bumpy seas and limited visibility today. Tomorrow may be a little better but not a whole lot. Hope for the best! The Coral Reef Sailing crews from S/V Excalibur (Capt. Michele) and S/V Adventure (Capt. Hans) returned to base today for their luau. The crew aboard S/V Dutch Love (Capt. Harman & Capt. Martin) came in for their fun day. The Sea Exploring crew from the Schooner Yankee also returned for luau.
I want to throw in a reminder that the BSA Scuba Policy changed on 08 October 2009. The biggest issue is with asthma. If a person has active asthma, regardless of control, they are disqualified from participating in scuba diving in local unit activities and at the Florida Sea Base. Persons with a history of asthma or RAD are required to take a Methacholine Challenge Test and the results must confirm that the asthma/RAD is resolved. There is no Plan B, no options. It is a simply worded policy. I am painfully aware that the MCT is not recommended by all doctors. I am aware that some insurance policies won’t pay for a MCT. I am aware that the test is expensive and has adequate risks to require that it be conducted in a hospital or clinic. But it is the National Policy of the Boy Scouts of America and the Florida Sea Base is required to comply with this policy.
The Florida Sea Base offers MANY non-scuba diving adventures for those who are asthmatic. If you or a Scout in your unit have active asthma you are not supposed to engage in scuba diving as a local unit activity. If you apply for a scuba program at the Florida Sea Base you will be medically disqualified. If you have outgrown your asthma/RAD, you must take a Methacholine Challenge Test (no other test is accepted) and the results must confirm the asthma/RAD is resolved. As the Program Director for all scuba programs at the Florida Sea Base, I am not authorized to make any exceptions to this policy. PLEASE consider other Florida Sea Base High Adventure programs if you are asthmatic or if you have a history of asthma/RAD and can’t take the MCT. If you are now 90 and had asthma when you were 9 you are supposed to take the test. There is no time limit that allows you to not take the test.
Also, if you are in a scuba crew that is attending the Florida Sea Base in the summer of 2010, your medicals and paperwork were due on 01 March 2010. My Office Manager, Ellen, has been contacting May and June crews that have not sent in the paperwork. Many claim that they are unaware of the deadline. That tells us that they have not read the literature we sent them. So, one more time, if you are participating in a scuba program at the Florida Sea Base in the months of May, June, July or August 2010, your paperwork was due 01 March 2010.
We want everyone to come to the Florida Sea Base and we want everyone to go home safe and in good health.
Be safe out there,