Yesterday was a mixed bag at the Florida Sea Base.  We started the DMA at 07:45 as usual, had flags, a continental breakfast and reported to the scuba area at 08:45.  The primary objective for the morning was an exercise called the Equipment Exchange.  The link is one of the shorter and better executed examples that I found on YouTube.  The Divemaster Candidates are paired in buddy teams and enter the pool.  They must exchange equipment with their buddy underwater while passing a single regulator back and forth to breath.  It is an interesting problem solving exercise.  They are graded on a scale of 1 to 5.  We also had mid-session professionalism reviews with each candidate.

We shut down at noon and joined the Florida Sea Base seasonal staff at 13:00.  We then rode to Marathon where we had Christmas lunch at Lazy Days South with the staff from the Brinton Environmental Center. And, get this, we took the rest of the  day off! 🙂


The winter crews arrive today and tomorrow.  We go from zero to full speed in the blink of an eye.  Another staff member or two will drag in early today but otherwise we are good to go!


I haven’t said this in a while, but we had a few moments of rain shortly after 06:00 Christmas morning.

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The first cell of light rain passed through at 06:08.  The second, heavier cell, stayed offshore and passed us by with nary a drop.  By noon it was a sunny (yet breezy) day.  By late afternoon the rain was back.

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But even with the passage of the cold front, we only dropped down to 72° which leaves us much better off than most of the country.

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas!

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

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