The PADI photo shoot team arrived at the Florida Sea Base shortly before 08:00 yesterday. They were joined by Tom Ruff from the BSA National Office and made their way to Marathon where they met up with the Scuba Liveaboard crew. They were welcomed aboard by Captains Denny and Holley and Scuba Instructor Dave Ball and went to Sombrero Reef for a day of photos onboard and underwater.
No new crews arrived and no crews departed yesterday. But we did have Coral Reef Sailing crews on base for shore leave from Island Woman, Midnight Dragon, Jewel of Athena, and Calypso Poet.
The wind picked up quite a bit today resulting in 2′ – 3′ seas on the ocean side. The Scuba Adventure crews went to the reefs aboard BSA Centennial Eagle and BSA Adventure. The Scuba Certification crew finished up the classroom and confined water training dives. The crews on BSA Centennial Eagle visited Capt. Grumpy’s and Aquarium while the BSA Adventure crews went to Ham and then Capt. Grumpy’s. The two boats then rendezvoused behind Lignum Vitae Key on the bay side of the islands for lunch, free swim and frolicking. Capt. Alex Bergstedt reported that several divers suffered from gastroenpukulitis while on the ocean side.
The remainder of the week is forecasted for 15 to 20 knot winds from the East resulting in 4′ – 6′ seas on the reef. Diving for the remainder of the week will be a little more High Adventure. Other than the increased winds, our weather is fantastic.
Be careful out there.
Aboard S/V Escape