“Today’s the day” is attributed to treasure hunter Mel Fisher who discovered the wreck of the Nuestra Señora de Atocha (near Key West) and the billions of dollars of treasure she was carrying.  And today IS the day (first day) of Instructor Exams for the first IDC candidates from the Florida Sea Base.  Today’s written exams will cover PADI standards and procedures, physics, physiology, recreational dive planner, general skills and the environment and equipment.  They will also be  evaluated on their demonstration quality dive skills and teaching ability in the swimming pool.  Tomorrow the candidates will be evaluated on their ability to conduct training dives in open water and on their rescue technique.

The Florida Sea Base has provided room and board, training materials, instructors, boats and other logistical support for these candidates.  However, they still have a significant financial investment (prerequisite eLearning course fees, travel, instructor application fees and $575 just for the testing fee) in this pursuit.  In return for our support, each of these candidates will work at the Florida Sea Base for a season as a Scuba Instructor.  I am truly excited to finally have this program up and running.  Hopefully we will have many successful IDCs to come after the completion of the new swimming pool.


It looks like we may have windy, but otherwise good conditions for the Instructor Exam.  There are no major weather threats on the radar in the near future.

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There is a slim chance of increased activity in the Caribbean or Gulf of Mexico over the next few weeks.

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

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