Yesterday was the last shore leave day for the Coral Reef Sailing program at the Florida Sea Base.  Five Coral Reef crews and one Sea Exploring crew checked out and will be heading home this morning.  No new crews arrived yesterday.  This morning is our monthly Team Meeting with a lot of discussion about money and some time spent on how we make our programs more successful next year.


I am working diligently to pull together the first PADI Instructor Development course to be offered at the Florida Sea Base.  Training materials have been ordered and online training issues have been resolved with PADI.  The course is scheduled to start on 17 October.  All of the candidates are former graduates of the Florida Sea Base Divemaster Academy.  The 19th of October is my wedding anniversary.  My darling bride and I have not yet worked out that glitch.  I am very hopeful that we will have another IDC in the spring.  The Florida Sea Base scuba programs will benefit immensely by having more PADI scuba instructors on staff.


The applications (and promises of applications to come) are starting to roll in.  It just so happens that most of the DMA cadre are at the Florida Sea base this week.  We are hoping to have dinner together tonight to talk about the December program.  The course is limited to 16 candidates.  More information can be found by clicking on the LINKS tab and then scrolling to the bottom of the page.


Breezy and spotted showers will continue to be with us for the next several days.  We had a train of thunderstorms line up and roll over the Florida Sea Base.  The first batch came through at 22:30 (10:30 pm), then 02:30 and then a third but I was too out of it to even try to look at the clock.

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

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