I apologize for not posting early this morning.  Captain Luke and I gave the sailing and scuba staff the morning off and since there was no 07:30 staff meeting there was no need for me to get up early.


The lone Coral Reef Sailing crew attending the Florida Sea Base this week was off the dock and beginning their adventure in earnest before breakfast yesterday.  Most of the scuba and sailing staff members spent a long, hot day of servicing scuba tanks.  This is an annual procedure that requires the removal of the tank valves and boots plus any paint or decals.  The tanks are then visually inspected, inside and out.  Any defects or pitting is assessed to determine if the tank is safe or must be condemned.  The valves are rebuilt as needed and then the tanks are reassembled.


Captain Luke and I spent much of the day working on summer staff hiring.  I spent 4 hours straight making phone calls, interviewing applicants, sending emails begging applicants to arrive earlier and/or stay later.  I hired 2 people.  Considering that we require 42 seasonal staff members in the scuba department to make the summer scuba season work, this is a lengthy process.


I had a rare experience last night.  Some time around 16:15 (4:15 pm) I threw in the towel and gave up on getting any more work done, mentally exhausted.  I retired to S/V Escape.  I fixed dinner around 17:00 (5 pm) and before 18:00 I was struggling to stay awake.  I was worried that I would be awake all night if I took a nap this late in the day, but by 18:15 (6:15pm) I was asleep.  I think it was about 21:15 when I woke up enough to call my wife back in Texas and tell her good night.  Having slept for 3 hours I figured I was up for the rest of the night.  Instead, I fell back asleep almost immediately.  The alarm woke me at 06:00 this morning. [I almost always wake up by 05:30 but I keep the alarm set just in case.]  I turned off the alarm and went back to sleep.  I got up around 07:00.  I don’t think I have spent 13 hours in bed since being hospitalized with pneumonia.  It’s 08:20 now and I feel like I could go back to sleep.


But I can’t go back to sleep because we are going to conduct a few hours of staff training after lunch today.  It is unlikely that we can cover everything in a single afternoon and we will likely need a few more hours in the classroom in the next few days.

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

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