WEATHER

A cold front arrived at the Florida Sea Base at 22:00 (10 pm) and brought some brief showers and gusty breezes.  The front is expected to stall for a few days.  Opening day 2013 may be a little wet, but the system should be moving out by Monday.  We have a decent chance of rain today and it is going to be chilly Sunday, Monday and Tuesday mornings, but overall, not bad.

Here’s the official forecast from the National Weather Service:

Today: A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 77. Northeast wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%.
Tonight: A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 69. Northeast wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
Saturday: A slight chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 75. Breezy, with a northwest wind 10 to 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 10%.
Saturday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 51. Windy, with a northwest wind around 25 mph.
Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 62. Breezy, with a north wind 15 to 20 mph.
Sunday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 56.
Washington’s Birthday: Partly sunny, with a high near 72.
Monday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 64.
Tuesday: Partly sunny, with a high near 77.
Tuesday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 68.
Wednesday: A slight chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 79. Chance of precipitation is 10%.
Wednesday Night: A slight chance of showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 70. Chance of precipitation is 10%.
Thursday: A slight chance of showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 81. Chance of precipitation is 10%.

The good news is the water remains a very comfortable 75°F. 🙂  From my Facebook page:

It’s no Nemo, but we have a cold front coming in, mostly a rain event until Monday when it should turn cool and breezy. I went to the grocery store and filled the water tank on Escape. Be Prepared!

NATIONAL CAMP ACCREDITATION PROGRAM

In 2012, the camp standards for the Florida Sea Base were 14 pages long and covered every aspect of life from accounting to sewage.  The annual camp “visitation” took two half days and one full day.  The new BSA National Camp Accreditation Program was provided to me Wednesday.  It is 322 pages of standards.  For decades, 14 pages (or less) have been adequate to insure a safe experience of a lifetime for our participants.  322 pages?  I cannot think of one positive thing to say.  (Makes a nice paperweight?)  Really bored?  Having a tough time on the toilet?  Click on the above link and you can read all 322 pages for yourself.  Reading 322 pages is a career.  Demonstrating compliance with 322 pages of standards may take longer than 2 half days and one full day.  The paperwork part will take months of preparation on our part.  (The practical parts are performed every day.)  The accreditation team arrives at the Florida Sea Base in mid June.  I spent from 17:00 (5 pm) to 21:00 (9 pm) Wednesday evening reviewing the new manual and making notes.  (No, I did not get through 322 pages in 4 hours, but I did get started.)  I know some very nice folks dedicated a great deal of their life to writing these standards.  I am very appreciative of their dedication.

SCUBA

Rob Bleser and Bart from Quiescence Diving Services / Breathing Air Concepts overhauled our back-up scuba compressor Thursday and put it in service.  We pulled our oldest compressor and it will get a major rebuild.

David Kirkenir, who worked for us last summer as a Divemaster, is attending the PADI Instructor Development Course at Florida Keys Dive Center.  I am hoping to get time to assist with the course for a few days, but being the first week of our spring season that looks doubtful.

 SAILING

The sailing staff (accompanied by most of the scuba staff) went to Alligator Reef yesterday to practice their snorkeling technique.  On arrival days, all of the sailing crews spend time in our harbor brushing up on their snorkeling skills under in-water staff supervision and instruction.

Capt. Steve Willis
Professional Scuba Bum™
Aboard S/V Escape

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