Another great day of summer staff training has been completed at the Florida Sea Base. Yesterday morning the scuba staff went diving and practiced rescue scenarios. After lunch they attended compressor training and mandatory HazMat training. In the late afternoon they worked on luau ceremonies and did a walking tour of the base.
I was on and off the base yesterday. I left early for my follow-up with the surgeon. (Everything is healing nicely.) Then rushed back to the base to make the HazMat presentation. The manager of Bauer Compressors – Miami called and said one (out of four) scuba compressors had arrived for the scuba liveaboard program. He agreed to meet me half way with the compressor so I headed back to the mainland. I returned to Sea Base right around dinner time. I don’t have a clue as to what was accomplished by the sailing, food service or ranger staff members, but I’m sure they had a very productive day.
The weather was overcast and threatening rain again yesterday morning but cleared up and we didn’t get any rain. Our afternoon highs are running around 90 and the overnight lows are about 80. The water temperature at Molasses Reef was 81.7º yesterday.
As I mentioned previously, our first crew of the summer was a Scuba Liveaboard crew that arrived on 21 May. This Friday we will have 4 Coral Reef Sailing and one Scuba Liveaboard crew arriving and at that point the flood gate will be open and we will have a record setting attendance for the remainder of our 2011 program season. The first Sea Explorers arrive on 29 May, Eco Adventure kicks off on 02 June, the Open Oceans Adventure (this is the first year for this program) starts on 10 June, and the Order of the Arrow Oceans Adventure starts on 15 June.
Aboard S/V Escape