Last night, Captain Dennis Wyatt said he had read on Dan Gill’s Facebook® page that former Florida Sea Base Divemaster John Purvis has passed away after a long battle with cancer. John was well liked by his co-workers and a dive site was named after him during his tenure. We still dive that site (Purvis Reef).
Scuba Instructor Rich Goldman is planning to take Phillip Ferrier, Rob Rinaldo and Connor Closs out this morning to complete PADI Open Water Training Dive 4. I haven’t decided if I am going to tag along. It would be nice to be out of the office for half a day.
The Florida panhandle is getting rain this morning but we are clear at the Florida Sea Base. At 0500 it was 76ºF and the wind was from the south at 15 knots.
Captain Kelly Stickney sent me a very brief email yesterday. She and Captain Mike Lucivero have been in the Bahamas since the conclusion of last year’s summer session at the Florida Sea Base. They will be back and operating in the Scuba Liveaboard program again this summer.
I forgot to ask the divers where they went yesterday. But I know from personal experience that the seas were about 1 foot, visibility was excellent and the water temperature was 77ºF.
The sailing staff was busy yesterday with five Coral Reef Sailing crews returning for their luau. The festivities were great but ran very late. We have one Scuba Liveaboard crew, one Sea Exploring crew and one Coral Reef Sailing crew arriving today.
Enjoy your weekend.
Capt. Steve Willis
Professional Scuba Bum™
Aboard S/V Escape