The 2013 summer program season has concluded at the Florida Sea Base.  Our final crew of the summer will depart by 09:00 this morning.  I will be out front to remind them, “You don’t have to go home, but you can’t stay here!”

The departure of the final Scout does NOT mean we have nothing to do; we are SWAMPED with inventory, converting the base from program to conference mode, preparing for the massive construction projects slated to begin in a few days, budget, year end equipment orders for next year’s participants, and more.  We need a big sign out front that reads, “We may doze but we never close”.

The big items on my plate are budget, equipment orders, preparing for our first ever Instructor Development Course, and preparations (including staff hiring) for our winter program season and our 10th Annual Divemaster Academy.


There is no significant change from yesterday’s forecast.  The National Hurricane Center is still watching two storms in the Atlantic.  The Climate Prediction Center is still warning that conditions will improve for increased tropical activity, and we continue to make preparations for such events.  You cannot take this season lightly.  One nasty storm is all it takes.

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I hope you have a safe and fun Labor Day weekend.  I am working (staff meeting at 07:30) but the rest of the professional staff have the 3 day weekend off.  I may try to sleep in a little on Sunday and Monday so don’t be surprised if I don’t post.  I am tired.  Over one hundred stressful days and near sleepless nights is hard on an old man.

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

One Response to “END SUMMER 2013”

  1. Dave Ball says:

    old-ER man. Don’t forget the -ER!

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