A Scout is reverent and I want to wish a Merry Christmas to my family and the world!  I think this is my 13th Christmas spent away from home in service to the BSA.  Like many of our staff members, I am alone in the Keys.  I appreciate the sacrifice of our staff members.  The success of the Florida Sea Base depends on these men and women.  And those who are here this time of year are amazing individuals.

DIVEMASTER ACADEMY

The weather forecast was spot on yesterday.  We had a glorious morning diving on the wreck, Eagle.  If you go to the provided link, there is a map showing the wreck’s location, about 5 to 6 miles off Islamorada, FL.  Most reports say the maximum depth is 110′ but our first dive bottomed out at 114′ at the stern of the vessel.  We made our second dive on the bow and set a maximum of 100′ for the divers although it was deeper to the sand.  We saw two nice sharks.

After lunch we moved to the shallower end of Alligator Reef to decompress during a search and recovery exercise.  We returned to base sometime between 16:30 and 17:00.  After cleaning gear, flags and dinner we reconvened in the classroom.  We finished with the candidates around 20:00 (early for us) and had a staff meeting until 20:45 or so.

WEATHER

As I mentioned above, Tuesday’s weather forecast was spot on.  The morning and most of the afternoon was glorious.  By 19:00 the wind was blowing hard from the north and by the time we left the classroom the temperature was cooling down significantly.  Here’s our forecast for the coming week.

Christmas Day: A slight chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 78. Northeast wind around 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Tonight: A slight chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 69. Northeast wind 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Thursday: A slight chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 78. East wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Thursday Night: A slight chance of showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 71. Northeast wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Friday: A slight chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 78. East wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Friday Night: A slight chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 69. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Saturday: A slight chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 79. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Saturday Night: A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 69. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
Sunday: A chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 79. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
Sunday Night: A chance of showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 67. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
Monday: A slight chance of showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 75. Chance of precipitation is 10%.
Monday Night: A slight chance of showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 66. Chance of precipitation is 10%.
Tuesday: A slight chance of showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 74. Chance of precipitation is 10%.

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

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