We are in the home stretch for the 2011 summer staff training at the Florida Sea Base.  On Friday the scuba staff focused on the care and maintenance of scuba equipment in the morning and went diving (and mostly practiced more rescue scenarios) in the afternoon.

While all of this great training is going on, we are also having to prepare for our annual camp “visitation” that will take place in about two weeks.  It used to be called what it really is, an inspection, but the kinder, gentler BSA decided visitation sounded nicer.  We welcome the dedicated volunteers and professional Scouters who make the visitation happen.  And we sincerely appreciate having fresh eyes review our programs and policies.  These annual inspections (I mean visitations) have lead to many improvements in the quality of our programs.  And we have had, and will continue to draw, some people with serious inspection skills, such as two Admirals, the CEO of AT&T, MDs, PhDs, attorneys, BSA professionals, subject matter experts from all walks of life, members of the BSA Health and Safety Committee, etc.

One Scuba Liveaboard crew returned to base yesterday for their luau.  One Scuba Liveaboard crew and four Coral Reef Sailing crews arrived to begin their adventures.  Dr. Ellen was swamped but handled it (as always) with a pleasantness and professionalism beyond my level of comprehension.  Theresa Wells received the Scuba Liveaboard crew.  They will be aboard S/V Endeavour with Capt. Kelly and S/V Silent Harmony with Capt. Mike.  The Coral Reef Sailing crews are aboard S/Vs Midnight Dragon, Silver Crow, Siesta and Chanticleer with Captains Jim, George, Ed and Scott, respectively.

Here’s our forecast from the National Weather Service:

Saturday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 89. East wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
Saturday Night: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 78. East wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
Sunday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 89. East wind around 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
Sunday Night: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 78. East wind around 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
Memorial Day: A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 89. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Monday Night: A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 78. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Tuesday: A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny and breezy, with a high near 89. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Tuesday Night: A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 78. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Wednesday: A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 89. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Wednesday Night: A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 78. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Thursday: A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 89. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Thursday Night: A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 78. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Friday: A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 89. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Point Forecast: Marathon FL [Similar City Names]
24.72°N 81.07°W (Elev. 7 ft)
Visit your local NWS office at: http://www.weather.gov/keywest

I hope you have a safe and enjoyable weekend.

Capt. Steve
Aboard S/V Escape

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