Archive for January, 2015

02Jan

PAPERWORK

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DMA

Man oh man do I detest paperwork.  Rich Goldman, Brenda Mallory and I spent the vast majority of yesterday working on paperwork for the Divemaster Academy.  I still remember someone talking about a “paperless society” way back in the 70s.  That certainly has not happen!!!

Class 11 of the Florida Sea Base Divemaster Academy will officially conclude with a graduation dinner tonight.  I may get to sleep in on Saturday if all goes well.

STAFF

Former FSB staff member Mark Gilbert posted this comment:

Alex has touched many people with his kindness, dedication and professionalism while at sea base! In my opinion he was a true role model for those involved in the program as participants and as a scuba commissioner! He has a work ethic beyond reproach. Joe will have a hard time replacing him.

Mark Gilbert

Mark volunteers as a scuba instructor at the Florida Sea Base from time to time.  He is a great guy and totally spot-on regarding Alex Bergstedt.

PROGRAM

Last night was the biggest luau night of the Florida Sea Base winter season; one Scuba Liveaboard crew, three Scuba Adventure crews and three or four Coral Reef Sailing crews celebrated their accomplishments.  Today they will be headed home and a few more crews will return to base for their luau.

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

01Jan

OVER THE HUMP

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PROGRAM

The Florida Sea Base winter program season is already over the hump.  The first luau was held last night and some crews will be heading home this morning.  The Scuba Liveaboard and Scuba Adventure crews will make their final dives this morning and depart tomorrow.

The Scuba Adventure crews and most of the Divemaster Academy candidates ventured out very last night to watch fireworks from the BSA Sea Scout.  Captains Christy and Scott Costa volunteered to crew the boat which returned to base around 01:30 this morning.  I am certain that most of the Sea Exploring, Coral Reef Sailing and the Scuba Liveaboard crew were strategically located somewhere last night to view fireworks.

DMA

The DMA has completed 99% of their requirements and we will focus on cleaning and stowing scuba gear and equipment today.

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This is the first DMA class held in the new scuba training complex.  The facility was superb except for the lack of a heater.  After three or four hours in the pool on some days, some candidates were near hypothermic despite wearing wetsuits.  I am certain this deficiency will be addressed in the future.

WEATHER

It looks like the remainder of the winter season will be very warm.  We have a slim chance of rain over the weekend.  The wind is forecasted to be in the 10 to 15 knot range from the east through the forecast period.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

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