I apologize for posting late today.  Sometimes the stars don’t align properly.  I was busy until bedtime last night dealing with some scuba and sailing program issues.  Then I woke myself up from a dead sleep shortly before midnight when I snagged the nail on my left small toe on the sheet.  [Side bar: A couple of weeks ago I was auditing a PADI Instructor Development Course.  About mid-course we were running the instructor candidate and a Rescue Diver Course student through rescue drills in the swimming pool.  During those exercises I managed to tear most of the nail off the little toe on my left foot; not all the way off, but I guess I snagged it on something and tore it about 80% across and 75% in from the end.  So the nail was sort of hanging on.  When I got home that evening I used some nail strengthener/polish goop from CVS to try to glue the nail in place.  I’ve been keeping it covered with a Band Aid® but, of course, it comes off when I shower or swim.  I failed to put a new Band Aid® on yesterday.  So it caught on the sheet in my sleep and I pulled it loose again.  It hurt, but I was so exhausted I feel back asleep before I could make myself get up.  I snagged it again around 0100 and got up that time.  I put more glue/polish goop on it, let it dry and covered it with a Band Aid®.  While working on that, I realized I had a killer headache so I took some ibuprophen and chugged some water (dehydration).  By 0145 I was back in bed.]

Invest 90L is no longer.  It’s remnants are still moving west and will likely bring us showers on Tuesday and Wednesday along with some increased winds, but nothing severe.  Our local weather is hot still hot with a daily chance of scattered showers.  The wind has filled in a little from calm to 10 – 15 knots from the east.

There are 34 days left in the 2011 summer program season.  Some of the staff are realizing that they are running out of time to enjoy the benefits of working at the Florida Sea Base.  This leads to an annual panic of sorts; a frenzy of “where has the time gone?”

Everything else is “normal”.  The staff are doing a great job but getting a little tired.  Boat motors and captains are getting a little tired too.  Most are doing great; but very few days off for maintenance combined with sea water temperatures in the high 80s to low 90s are stressful on the motors and transmissions.  All in all, very typical for late July.

600 posts.  Two adult leaders checking in yesterday comment that they read the blog.  Some of the staff have even admitted to reading it.  There are times when I wish I could say much more.  There are other times when I wish I hadn’t started this project.  But the bottom line is I hope it helps some of you a little every once in a while.

Capt. Steve Willis
Aboard S/V Escape 

3 Responses to “POST #600”

  1. Ralph Rexroat says:

    Capt. Steve,
    My son just got back from Sea Base and couldn’t stop talking about how great of an experience he had. I have enjoyed your posts and I hope more people take advantage of reading them. Although I don’t do any blogging I can imagine the frustration you might feel by getting limited feedback and I can certainly understand if it makes you wonder if it’s worth it. After a half-a-year of checking your posts, from my prospective, it’s definitely worth it! I just wish that National would give you a link on the Sea Base site so more people knew about blog. Good luck to you.


  2. Brian says:

    Capt Steve,
    I just returned from Seabase last week with 3 Coral Reef crews. Scouts and leaders had a great time.You must compliment your captians more. Each captain has a specialty and our crews learned their trades and they still are telling all the stories which will become great lifelong memories. I too have been reading your posts for almost a year trying to gauge my expectations of Seabase. Expectations were exceded by all the staff, Dining hall employees & 1st mates. Job well done!


  3. Steve Willis says:

    Thanks Brian. I will share your remarks with the captains and staff.

    Capt. Steve

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