Gluttons for punishment, not the candidates, but a good description of the Florida Sea Base DMA cadre who led the candidates through FOUR dives yesterday.  The first stop was a spur & groove site named Eagle Ray.  Then came Victory, another spur & groove reef with a steep drop to more than 90′.  Our third dive was at Aquarium.  Matt DePaolis completed his 100th dive at our final stop, Rocky Top.  Some of the candidates sat out the last dive but I managed to make all of them.  We were blessed with calm seas, sunshine, no current, and 79° water.  It was a good day on the reef! 🙂  We are headed out again this morning for what will likely be our last day on the reef with DMA Class 10.


The Coral Reef Sailing staff had an easier day yesterday but will be slammed again today.  Captain Luke Knuttel could have used almost twice as many staff members as he has for this one week of winter program.  But his staff has performed well and I doubt the participants realize the staff is overwhelmed.


The Scuba Certification crew completed their PADI Open Water Diver certification yesterday.  Scuba Commissioner Captain Alex Bergstedt deserves special note.  He has been helping with the DMA, the Scuba Certification crew, filling scuba tanks in the evening, and assisting me with administrative duties.  This is Brenda Mallory’s first Scuba Certification class since completing her PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor training at the Florida Sea Base in October.

The Scuba Adventure crews completed two dives plus a night dive.  I have not heard anything from the Scuba Liveaboard crews which usually means they are having too much fun to bother with checking in with me.


Today will be better for sailing with the wind increasing to 15 knots.  It will blow from the NE so I am somewhat optimistic that conditions will still be pretty decent on the reef (but not as good as yesterday).

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

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