DIVEMASTER ACADEMY

What a day!  Day 5 of the Florida Sea Base Divemaster Academy was a mixed bag.  We went to Alligator Reef.  The seas were breaking over the reef and were at least 4′ with 5′ rollers and an occasional 6 footer.  The visibility was about 20′; not great for the ocean, but excellent compared to some of the mud holes I’ve been to in the past.  Everyone made the dive but we had some very nauseated folks onboard.

Due to the seasickness, we moved to Port Antigua.  I cautioned the candidates that it was easy to silt the bottom and reduce visibility to zero.  I guess they took that as a challenge.  They proved me right.

On a personal level I thoroughly enjoyed our dive at Alligator.  I had a blast riding the surge underwater similar to a body surfer riding a wave above the water.  Port Antigua was visibility challenged but very calm.  It was still a decent dive.  My problems of the day included a flooded battery compartment in a dive computer (which I HOPE I have repaired and corrected), a bad o-ring on a high pressure spool where the high pressure hose attaches to my other dive computer (which I also fixed), and I then bounced a scuba tank off my little toe.  It isn’t broken, but it is swollen and very tender.  Today will be a tough day of diving.

STAFF

The trickle of incoming staff members continues at the Florida Sea Base.  So my work load has doubled as I try to make time for routine work (schedules, bills, evaluations, etc), the DMA and now Winter program.  ‘Tis the season.

WEATHER

The wind is supposed to lay down today.  We hope to get in some rescue scenarios, a deep dive and a night dive.  I’ll let you know tomorrow.  In the meantime, here’s our current forecast from the National Weather Service.

Today: A slight chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 81. Southeast wind 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 10%.
Tonight: A slight chance of showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 72. Southeast wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Tuesday: A slight chance of showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 78. Light northeast wind increasing to 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Tuesday Night: A slight chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 69. Breezy, with a northeast wind 15 to 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Christmas Day: A slight chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 77. Northeast wind around 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Wednesday Night: A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 71. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
Thursday: A chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 78. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
Thursday Night: A slight chance of showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 70. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Friday: A slight chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 78. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Friday Night: A slight chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 70. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Saturday: A slight chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 78. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Saturday Night: A slight chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 71. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Sunday: A slight chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 77. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

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

2 Responses to “DMA CLASS 10 – DAY 5”

  1. Julie Walborn says:

    I just wanted to let you know how much my husband and I are enjoying your posts. Our son is part of your dive master program and it is really great to get to hear about everything you are doing down there. It sounds like an amazing experience and we are so glad that boy scouts has this opportunity. Thank you again to all the teachers down there for being willing to spend their holidays to help others. Have a wonderful Christmas.

  2. Steve Willis says:

    Thank you for your kind words. I will share your comment with the cadre. SW

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