The Coral Reef Sailing crew came in yesterday for shore leave.  The weather was very decent and the crew had a great time.  One of the Scouts had an ear infection, more on that later.


The scuba staff spent another day working on scuba tank maintenance.


Our most common ear issue at the Florida Sea Base is Otitus Externa, commonly referred to as swimmers ear or an external ear infection.  It is a painful event and can be even more uncomfortable during the participant’s flight home.  It is fairly easy to prevent provided the ears are treated at least 5 minutes per ear twice daily (morning and post in-water activities).  The Divers Alert Network posted two outstanding articles on this subject (  Participants and staff members alike have to understand that “preventative” means you do it before there is a problem.  And you have to do it every day you’re in the water.  Please read the two DAN articles and use the information to prevent this medical condition.

Every crew’s first aid kit should include a commercial or home-brew version of swimmer’s ear preventative.  An inexpensive mixture of 50% vinegar and 50% alcohol is usually sufficient.  But there are many over the counter products for the prevention of swimmer’s ear.

We have a case of swimmer’s ear almost every week.  This is senseless since prevention is so easy.  I posted a more detailed discussion on this topic on 01 December 2009 if you want to read more.

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

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