It is tough being away from home during the holidays, but this is the only time of year we can make the time for our annual Divemaster Academy. I sincerely appreciate the dedication of our participants and staff. Thank you.
Captain Rich and I are continually searching for a new location to move the sailing programs; a large marina with deep water access, good hurricane protection and access to the Atlantic Ocean without bridges. We can build everything else we need. When that happens, the original Florida Sea Base property in Islamorada will be dedicated to all non-sailing water sports. The scuba program will be expanded, the Scuba Liveaboard vessels can operate from here, more water sports will be added. The new swimming pool complex (if built as originally specified) will allow us to venture into National Camp School and PADI Instructor Exam opportunities. We will also have space to conduct the Divemaster Academy during the summer when it’s generally more convenient for our candidates. Money may not buy you happiness, but it can make life more fun.
Today the Divemaster Academy staff and candidates are going diving right after breakfast. This afternoon the DMA candidates will have a late lunch with the Florida Sea Base seasonal staff and a few of the full time staff at Tom’s Harbour Restaurant on Hawk’s Cay. We MAY take the evening off.
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MERRY CHRISTMAS! Regardless of your religion, I hope you have a blessed day. Take a few moments to hug your loved ones. Please don’t take opportunity for granted.
Capt. Steve Willis
Professional Scuba Bum™
Aboard S/V Escape