After meeting with Florida Sea Base Scuba Director Joe Angelo at 07:45 yesterday, I spent the rest of the day in the engine room on Escape.  (I made some great progress; replaced the Racor fuel/water separator, the fuel bypass line and the fuel lines feeding from the tank manifold to the Racor and from the Racor to the engine.  There is still more to be done – always – but this was one of my highest priority items to accomplish on this visit.)  Joe and I are working on dates for fall PADI Instructor Development Courses.  The dates have been set for the 12th annual Florida Sea Base Divemaster Academy.  I will be posting specific information for both courses in the near future.


At dinner I heard that the dives went well with 70’+ of visibility and calm seas.  I spoke with a dozen or so sailors on the dock and they said they were having a “great time”.


The wind picked up a bit for the night dive but fortunately did not hit 20 knots until after the boat had returned to dock.  The Molasses Reef data buoy has been reporting gusts from the ESE at 20 to 21 knots overnight so it will probably be a tad bumpy today.  The wind is forecasted to remain out of the east at 15 to 20 knots for the next several days.  The water temperature has dropped a degree, from 78 to 77.  We are expecting lows around 75 and highs around 80 for the next several days.  The bottom line is conditions may be a little dicey for the divers for a few days and the sailors will probably spend most of their time on the bay side of the Keys or at least close to shore.

Capt. Steve Willis
Professional Scuba Bum™
FSB Scuba Director – RETIRED

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