While several departments allowed their staff to sleep in and take the day off, the Scuba staff met at 09:00 and worked hard until mid-afternoon.  Repairs were made in the scuba pool area that I have been promised by the facilities department would be completed two years ago.  The scuba area is ready for participants and the scuba staff is becoming a fine tuned machine.

We also had our first Scuba Liveaboard crew arrive today.  Yes, staff training has not started but crews are arriving.  There is no explanation that I can make here that won’t get me in trouble.  So I will say Dr. Ellen checked the crew in, Captains Denny and Holly are ready aboard the Schooner Conch Pearl and Scuba Instructors Sargon Smith and Megan Ware are packed and ready to roll.  The crew completed their check-in, swim review and scuba review yesterday.  This morning they will have breakfast, load vans and a trailer with personal effects, scuba gear, fishing gear and provisions and head off to meet up with the Pearl.

Our summer staff training starts at 07:30 this morning and will conclude whenever we get through – likely after dinner tonight.  It is the first day of a week of long days and serious fun.

The weather is a little iffy for the week with a 10% chance of rain through Monday night and a 20% chance of rain for the remainder of the forecast period.  So we will look at that as an 80 to 90% chance on no rain.

On a personal note, my 12 year old granddaughter, Juliet, won the Bonnie look-alike contest yesterday at the Bonnie and Clyde Festival in Gibsland, Louisiana (near Shreveport).  I don’t have a photo yet but will post one later if I can.

That’s it for this morning.  It’s going to be a long day of rules, paperwork, and uniforming – all of the fun stuff.

Capt. Steve
Aboard S/V Escape

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