Today was a great day at the Florida Sea Base, unless you were in the office. Thank goodness it’s over. Here’s how it went.
Before breakfast one of the staff members came into the office and presented with a possible concussion including severe pain at the site of an earlier blow to the head and exceptional drowsiness. The staff member will receive medical care. Also before breakfast Capt. Carl Olshenske who drives BSA Explorer for the scuba program reported that he had a youth participant on his boat this week who was having behavioral problems. After breakfast I had the young man and one of his adult leaders in my office to get the young man’s attention and assure that he acted in a safe and reasonable manner on the boat. (The captain reported this afternoon that the youth performed much better.)
Shortly thereafter I discovered that Florida Sea Base incident reports were not being completed to reflect these and other issues. That will be addressed at Monday’s 07:30 staff meeting morning.
Before lunch it was brought to my attention that Davis Tours had not shown up to take a departing crew to the airport. The crew was in jeapordy of missing thier flight from Fort Lauderdale. I tried multiple times to call Davis Tours and their emergency phone number to no avail. We are very short handed on Sundays at the Florida Sea Base. Capt. Alex Bergstedt volunteered to drive them to the airport. They barely made it and we never heard from Davis Tours. I don’t mean to give Davis Tours a black eye. I am only reporting fact. For the 10 years that I have worked at the Florida Sea Base they have had an exemplary record. However, something has happened and they have had major scheduling issues recently. Our Director of Program, Rob Kolb, will be addressing our concerns with Mr. Davis on Monday.
Immediately before lunch I saw Capt. Dutch VanderLann hobbling across the yard. He has re-injured his left knee. He is a trooper and will gut it out.
Check-in begins at 13:00 daily. Sundays are big scuba crew arrival days. One of the crews had an adult leader who had refused to submit his medical prior to arrival as required. So Ellen, the Office Manager, was reviewing the medical he brought with him. It was on the wrong form and we couldn’t accept it. So he called backed home and had the appropriate form faxed to us. The form showed that he is asthmatic and taking three medicications for asthma. This disqualified him for the Florida Sea Base scuba program. He was allowed to stay with his crew and he can snorkel, but he cannot scuba dive. Somehow this gentleman feels that his failure to submit the medical when required (01 March 2010) so we could try to resolve his issue is not the problem. I am the problem. I am very sorry for the situation but mostly I am disappointed that this gentleman failed to follow procedure and we were deprived of the opportunity to address his issue.
Then we had a youth check in who was taking some medications that required counseling of him, his adult leaders and divemaster. He will likely do fine.
Then another crew arrived that had a bad experience with Davis Tours. They were aggitated but Ellen (and an air conditioned office) helped the leader calm down.
After dinner, Commissioner Matt McClure had a severe alergic reaction to some aloe vera that was being applied to his sunburn. After two showers and 50mg of Benefryl he decided to go to the ER for a cortisone injection. Before he left, Divemaster Scott Costa slipped and twisted his knee and decided to accompany Matt to the ER. By the time they got to the ER, Matt was feeling better and did not see a doctor. Scott has a sprain or torn ligament and will miss at least a week of work.
Now the latest on T/S Alex. The official forecast still shows T/S Alex will curve into Mexico below the Texas border.
However, one of the more reliable computer models (GFS) still suggests the possibility of landfall south of Galveston, Texas. This is a good example of how crazy life can be when a hurricane is forecasted to approach within a thousand miles of the Florida Sea Base. The forecasted trajectory changes frequently and radically at times.
It’s past my bedtime. I will post sometime tomorrow.
Aboard S/V Escape