Archive for March, 2011

The highlight of my day yesterday was traveling to Marathon with Capt. Rich and visiting with Captains Skip and Deb from the Schooner Pirates Lady.  The reason for the meeting was to discuss the Scuba Liveaboard and Sea Exploring adventures.  It was a great exchange; Captains Skip and Deb are a wealth of good ideas and both programs will benefit from our meeting.  I will provide more details when they are finalized.

Coral Reef Sailing crews from Sailing Vessels Midnight Dragon, Silver Crow and Silent Harmony were on base for shore leave yesterday.  No new crews arrived or departed.  Weather-wise it was not a bad day to be in port.  There was no rain but the wind maxed out at 22 knots yesterday afternoon.

The divers went out to the reef but conditions were too rough.  The boats retreated to an area on the bay side (which was much more protected from the winds) called Port Antigua for their dives.

Here’s our wind forecast for the next few days (courtesy of the National Weather Service):

Thursday…South winds 10 to 15 knots early…turning southwest and increasing to near 15 knots in the afternoon. Seas beyond the reef 3 to 5 feet. Seas inside the reef around 2 feet. Nearshore waters a light to moderate chop. Isolated showers.
Thursday Night…Southwest to west winds near 15 knots. Seas beyond the reef 3 to 5 feet. Seas inside the reef around 2 feet. Nearshore waters a moderate chop. Winds and seas higher in and near numerous showers and scattered thunderstorms.
Friday…West winds near 15 knots and gusty…becoming northwest. Seas beyond the reef 3 to 5 feet. Seas inside the reef around 2 feet. Nearshore waters a moderate chop to choppy. Scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms early…then isolated showers.
Friday Night…Northwest winds 10 to 15 knots early…becoming variable near 10 knots or less. Seas beyond the reef 2 to 4 feet. Seas inside the reef 1 to 2 feet. Nearshore waters a light to moderate chop.
Saturday…Variable winds near 10 knots…becoming north late. seas beyond the reef 2 to 3 feet. Seas inside the reef 1 to 2 feet. nearshore waters a light to moderate chop.
Sunday…East to southeast winds near 15 knots. Seas beyond the reef 3 to 5 feet. Seas inside the reef around 2 feet. Nearshore waters a moderate chop.
Monday…Southeast winds near 15 knots. Seas beyond the reef 3 to 5 feet. Seas inside the reef around 2 feet. Nearshore waters a moderate chop.

Thursday night and Friday are forecasted to be pretty yucky:

Thursday Night: Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 73. West wind around 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Friday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms before noon, then a slight chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 83. West wind between 10 and 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

The wind has laid down SIGNIFICANTLY since 19:00 last night.  I will try to motivate the staff to get the divers out as early as possible this morning before the wind starts filling back in.  Hopefully the residual waves have had time to calm down.  This may best our best weather window for the next few days for the scuba crews.

Capt. Steve
Aboard S/V Escape

Good morning from the Florida Sea Base.  Yesterday started out very windy but it laid down a bit as the “cold” front passed and was tolerable by afternoon.  Capt. Dennis reported five “pukers” among the Scuba Adventure participants.  The wind is forecasted to hold at about 15 knots (borderline for the scuba programs) generally from the South through Friday.  Then it should switch back to the North and make life easier on the reef.

Coral Reef Sailing crews from the Calypso Poet, Lady Nell II and Adventure enjoyed shore leave at the Florida Sea Base yesterday.  No new crews arrived.

While I was gone, former staffers Henry Watson (sailing) and Mark Gilbert (scuba) rejoined us.  Mark is only here for a week.  I think Henry is going to be with us for about a month.  Welcome back guys, we’re glad your here.

I received several emails from PADI yesterday regarding the photo shoot that’s coming up the week of 16 April.  I had a long phone conversation with Niccole Sherman who is heading up the PADI team that also includes Brad Smith (Scouter and major player in the creation of the Scuba Diving Merit Badge), Cambria McConnell (Marketing) and Justin Lewis (photographer).  Tom Rugh from the BSA National Office will also be attending.

Have a great day.

Capt. Steve
Aboard S/V Escape

I spent Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Dallas attending the BSA Aquatics Task Force meeting.  One of the most exciting pieces of news was Dave Bell, PhD, reported that he is very close to releasing a new online version of Safety Afloat.  The new production was made possible by a sizable grant from the US Coast Guard.  It is much more professional than the previous version with live action video instead of cartoons; plus there is no more sandwich.  There will be English and Spanish versions.  I will let you know as soon as a release date is announced.  Our meeting was held at the BSA National Office and Saturday we took about an hour break to walk across the street to the BSA Museum.

Everything went on without a hitch here at the Florida Sea Base while I was gone. Capt. Rich reported that they had a busy weekend but nothing catastrophic.

The big storm associated with a cold front missed us yesterday and slid offshore into the Atlantic before making it to the Keys.  We are having very warm temperatures with daily highs all week forecasted to exceed 85º.  It did rain briefly late last night and we do have some chance of rain daily for the next several days but right now Frida looks like our best bet.  We are experiencing a severe drought in south Florida and will likely have some major grass fires as a result.

Last Wednesday (23 March) I reported water temperatures as 75 ocean side and 73 bay side.  Yesterday the buoys reported 76.8º ocean side and a whopping 82º bay side.  I explained in Wednesday’s post why the bay side temperatures are more volatile.

My flight from Dallas to Miami was delayed so I arrived at the Florida Sea Base at 04:00 Monday morning.  I woke up at 08:00 and couldn’t fall back asleep.  Monday was a long day.  Plus I had to do some emergency wiring repair in the engine compartment and drove to Marathon for groceries.

We don’t have a Scuba Certification crew this week but the four Scuba Adventure crews went to Alligator Reef Monday for dive #1.  One new Coral Reef Sailing crew arrived yesterday and began their adventure on board S/V Misty Shoals with Capt. Brian Stolzenberger.

This morning I am headed back to Miami for a doctor’s appointment.  I had some skin cancer carved off my face three months ago and today is (hopefully) my final follow up appointment.

Capt. Steve
Aboard S/V Escape

Yesterday was our monthly Team Meeting at the Florida Sea Base.  Rafael Arrom, our Head Ranger,  was working on a broken water main and could not attend. Capt. Keith Douglass, Facilities Director, was on vacation.  Captain Paul Beal, General Manager, lead the meeting.  There were no big surprises, no one’s feelings got hurt, no one cried, and no one died.  It was a good meeting.

The Scuba Adventure divers had a successful day on the water.  I know they had lunch and snorkeled at Caloosa Rocks but I do not know what two dive sites the visited prior to that.  The Scuba Certification crew returned to Alligator Reef and completed PADI Open Water Training Dives 3 and 4.  Other than paperwork, they should now be certified open water divers.  On their return to the Florida sea Base, the twin motors on the Pursuit used by the Scuba Certification crew overheated.  The Scuba Adventure crews, aboard BSA Adventure, were about five miles away.  Capt. Alex Holoman anchored the Pursuit until BSA Adventure arrived to tow them back to Sea Base.  The newly certified divers will enjoy two fun dives today and one more on Saturday morning.  Dave Ball reports that the Scuba Liveaboard crew is having a great week aboard the Schooner Conch Pearl.

Sarah Grant has returned to the Florida Sea Base seasonal staff.  She is working for the Ships Store but is the best Scuba Mate I’ve ever hired.  I wish she would transfer over for the summer but I know she enjoys being in the store much more than carrying tanks all day.  Anyway, we’re glad she’s back.

Coral Reef Sailing crews from S/V Silent Harmony and S/V Jewel of Athena returned to base yesterday afternoon to conclude their adventure.  We had no new crews arrive and no one on base for shore leave.

It’s going to be very warm, but otherwise nice, for the next several days.  I am leaving momentarily for the Miami International Airport and then to Dallas, Texas for the BSA Aquatics Task Force meeting.  I will post if I can while I’m gone but it may be as late as next Wednesday before I get another chance.

Capt. Steve
Headed for the Mother Country

24Mar

Planning

The Coral Reef Sailing crews from S/V Misty Shoals and S/V Calypso Poet were on base for shore leave yesterday.  The Scuba Adventure crews went to Capt. Grumpy’s and Ham, patch type reefs to the east of the Florida Sea Base.  The Scuba Certification crew completed PADI Open Water Training Dives 1 and 2 at Alligator Reef with Capt. Alex Holoman, Scuba Instructor Rich Goldman and Divemaster Jim Funnell.  We did not have any crews arriving or departing.

Capt. Rich, Rob Kolb and I spent part of the day working on proposed 2012 capital projections for today’s Team Meeting.  Most of what would be considered capital projects affecting the scuba programs are being handled by Captain Paul Beal, General Manager, and Capt. Keith Douglass.  Those include the new swimming pool and the purchase of a “baby” Newton Dive Boat.  I did prepare a spreadsheet with some additional requests including $6,000 for a small scuba compressor, $10,000 for a Kawasaki Mule, $5,000 for two scuba tank trailers and $500,000 for things I may dream up between now and next year.  Capt. Rich and Rob Kolb have put together a proposal for improving the sail beach area, the fuel dock and fuel storage area, the T-dock and the small space between the Ships Store and volleyball courts.

Ellen made it back last evening from her leave for emergency dental care.  I’m sure Capt. Dennis was very happy to have her back.  He even made the bed yesterday morning.

The weather is INCREDIBLE and holding for a few more days.

Don’t forget that I will be leaving very early Friday morning and may not be able to post again until Tuesday.  I am looking forward to a productive meeting with the BSA Aquatics Task Force in Dallas and getting to visit with family for a few hours before I fly back to the Florida Sea Base.

Capt. Steve
Aboard S/V Escape

Uneventful was the word of the day yesterday at the Florida Sea Base.  The divers spent the day aboard BSA Explorer with Captains Dennis and Scott.  They enjoyed less wind and diminished seas.  They made dives at Rocky Top and Aquarium.  Both sites are patch reefs in 30′ to 40′ of water.

Coral Reef crews from Silent Harmony and Jewel of Athena enjoyed shore leave at the Florida Sea Base.  It was a great day for small boat sailing, tubing, kayaking and volleyball.  I spoke with a few of the adult leaders who said they were having a great time.  One said this was the best week of his Scouting life.  (We do what we can.)

Capt. Rich drove to Key Largo to investigate dockage options for part of the summer Scuba Liveaboard and Eco Adventure fleets.  (We have used Smuggler’s Cove in the past but they have a major rebuild of their docks in progress.  It does not appear they will be available in time for our summer season.)  I stayed at base and mainly worked on the compressor procurement.  (I am VERY close to final resolution.)

Our temperatures should range between lows of 70 and highs of 80 for the next several days.  Winds will be VERY mild, maybe too mild for the Coral Reef and Sea Exploring vessels to get in much sail time.  But poor sailing means excellent snorkeling and enhanced possibilities of catching lobsters for dinner.  We have essentially no chance of rain for a while.  The sea water temperature on the ocean side of the Keys is 75º while the bay side is reporting 73.  The water temperature changes quicker on the shallow bay side where air temperature has a bigger influence.  The ocean side is affected by air temperature, but the water depth and Gulf Stream Current have significant impacts on the ocean side conditions.  The ocean side temperatures are more stable slower to change up or down.

I plan to post again tomorrow morning but I leave very early Friday morning and will be gone through Monday morning so I may not have an opportunity to post again until Tuesday morning.  I will post sooner if circumstances permit, but I expect to be very busy most of the time I’m away.  I will be attending the BSA National Aquatics Task Force meeting in Dallas Friday afternoon through late Sunday.

Make it a great day.

Capt. Steve
Aboard S/V Escape

It was drizzling very lightly yesterday morning as I left the boat.  That lasted about half and hour and the rain was gone.  We had one Sea Exploring crew that had to be transported to Marathon to board their vessel, two Scuba Adventure crews and one Scuba Certification crew on base.  No new crews checked in yesterday, no crews came in for shore leave and no crews returned for luau.  So, as the title reads, it was a quiet day at the Florida Sea Base.

Capt. Dennis helped me install a trailer hitch on my Honda Civic.  The instructions said it was a 50 minute project.  Four hours or so later we were done.  We did have a break of several hours in the middle while he took the Scuba Certification crews to Alligator Reef for Dive One.  While he was gone I made some good progress on the scuba compressor situation.  Nothing is final yet, but at this time it looks like we will by the compressor for Pirates Lady from Mako Compressors and the smaller compressor for S/V Endeavor from Bauer Compressors.  The main reason for this likelihood is because Bauer does not seem to be able to meet our bid requirements for the larger compressor and Mako can’t meet the specs for the smaller compressor.

We have two crews returning to base for shore leave today.  The Scuba Adventure crews will be on the reefs from 10:00 to 15:00 or later.  And the Scuba Certification crew will be in the swimming pool most of the day.  No crews are checking in or out today.

Here’s our forecast for the next several days, courtesy of the National Weather Service:

Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 80. East wind around 10 mph.
Tuesday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 70. East wind between 10 and 15 mph.
Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 81. Southeast wind around 10 mph.
Wednesday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 71. Southeast wind around 5 mph.
Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 83.
Thursday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 70.
Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 83.
Friday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 71.
Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 84.
Saturday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 73.
Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 84.
Sunday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 73.
Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 85.

Back to the grindstone.

Capt. Steve
Aboard S/V Escape

The weather was pretty good yesterday.  It was a tad cooler (only 73º) and a bit breezy (15 to 19 knots) at the Florida Sea Base yesterday but those are great conditions for the sailors and we didn’t have any scuba divers on the water.  Today is forecasted to be warmer and even windier.  It will be a  bit bumpy for the sailors and divers alike.  There is a slight chance of rain.  (It’s very cloudy early this morning.)  Dave Ball has a very inexperienced group with him on the Scuba Liveaboard program.  It will be interesting to see how they hold up today.  (Dave, shoot me an email or comment if you can with a status report.)

Capt. Rich was off yesterday so  Christine Clemenson supervised the sailing staff.  We had two Scuba Adventure crews, one Scuba Certification crew, two Coral Reef Sailing crews and one Sea Exploring crew arrive yesterday.  I completed my tax return.  I can check that off my “dreaded things to do” list.  I also retook the BSA Youth Protection, Safety Afloat, Safe Swim Defense and Weather training courses (online) for the fourth or fifth time.  They have to be retaken every other year.

I believe Capt. Paul Beal returns from vacation today.  I’m hoping Capt. Rich and I can make time today to discuss our 2012 capital expenditure requests.  They are due Thursday morning.  Ellen Wyatt has a dental emergency and is planning to return home (Lady Lake, Florida) tonight.  She is a very integral part of our team and I hope she’s able to return soon.

Capt. Steve
Aboard S/V Escape

Welcome to the first day of spring 2011!

Yesterday started off a little rough; several staff members overslept.  So I reminded them of my policy – I will wake them up ONCE.  The second time I have to wake them up they will be unemployed and off the premises by noon.  Simple yet effective.

Also during the morning meeting I was informed by Megan Ware that a (barely) adult participant in her crew was very ill.  I took him to Mariners Hospital ER in Tavernier, but they did not have a doctor with the right specialization to treat him so they transferred him to Homestead Hospital on the mainland.  I visited him just before dinner and he was doing much better.  He is scheduled to fly home tomorrow if the doctor releases him from the hospital early enough.  His condition was NOT scuba related.

In the good news department, Capt. Dennis Dugas (S/V Wandering Star) and Capt. Harman Harkema (S/V Dutch Love) have returned o the Florida Sea Base, safe and sound, to join the spring fleet.  It’s good to have both of them back.  They provide exceptional adventures for their crews.  Laura Kuras is getting the hang of the Scuba Commissioner position.  She has almost completed the daily schedules for the remainder of the spring scuba crews.  The newbies on the scuba staff (James Funnell, Jess Arms, Mike Roesel and Justin Cardiff) have caught on quickly and are doing great.  The old timers have been good role models.  Jack Moorman has been doing a great job for Capt. Rich as part of the sailing staff.  But he has decided he would rather work on the scuba staff for the summer so he is working with PADI Scuba Instructor Kyle “Tex” Beighle (who has also been working on the sailing staff this spring) to complete his PADI Rescue Diver certification before the end of spring so he can transfer over as a Dive Boat Mate.

The weather is great; we have cooled down about 2 degrees.  The wind is a little strong, but is going to lay down sooner than previously forecasted.

Capt. Rich is taking the day off.  He certainly deserves it.  It’s time for me to beat feet to the morning meeting.  Hopefully everyone is awake, alert and enthusiastic this morning.  (Insert smiley face with devilish grin here!)

Capt. Steve
Aboard S/V Escape

I was off base again yesterday.  We need to buy three additional compressors for the summer Scuba Liveaboard program; one “large” portable for the Schooner Pirates Lady and two “small” portables for S/V Silent Harmony and S/V Endeavor.  I am now in possession of two bids (one from Bauer Compressors and one from Mako Compressors) for the “large” compressor and one bid from Bauer (with another promised by Mako) for the two “small” compressors.  It is going to take some arm twisting to get the Miami Bauer distributor to meet our specifications on the larger compressor.  Capt. Webb of the Schooner Conch Pearl has provided contact information for a Bauer distributor in Dallas who may be more aggressive in meeting our specs.  The Mako bid is totally within specifications with a few extras on the larger compressor.  However, Mako is not currently manufacturing a small compressor within our specifications.  (Mako has discontinued the import of an Italian made compressor that they used to market that worked out very well for us in the past.  The Mako rep assures us there will be a replacement model available in time for summer but we may not be able to wait.)  The negotiations continue.

Speaking of the Conch Pearl, she returned from sea today and discharged her Scuba Liveaboard crew.  Four Coral Reef Sailing crews and one Sea Exploring crew also returned to base.  That made the participant count for luau at approximately 64; a pretty big night for spring.

Th Scuba Adventure crews went diving and three of the crews did their night dive last night.  The wind picked up a bit yesterday but not enough to deter the divers.

Last night through Tuesday the wind is forecasted to be northeast to east at 15 to 20 knots.  Here is the terrestrial forecast from the National Weather Service:

Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 82. East wind around 15 mph.
Saturday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 69. East wind around 15 mph.
Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 81. East wind around 15 mph.
Sunday Night: A slight chance of showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 69. East wind around 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 10%.
Monday: A slight chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 81. Chance of precipitation is 10%.
Monday Night: A slight chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 69. Chance of precipitation is 10%.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 81.
Tuesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 70.
Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 82.
Wednesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 71.
Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 83.
Thursday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 70.
Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 84.

The morning staff meeting starts in 5 hours.  Enjoy your weekend.

Capt. Steve
Aboard S/V Escape

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