HELPFUL

“A Scout is helpful”.  You can apply any of the Scout Laws to Florida Sea Base Scuba Instructor Rich Goldman.  Rich has been a Scout all of his life and he is proof that you can live the Scout Oath and Scout Law every day and still have a successful and fun life.  Rich splits his time between Florida and his home in Howell, New Jersey.

This weekend Rich is in the Keys completing PADI Open Water Training Dives for some students from the shop he affiliates with in New Jersey, Divers Two Inc.  Rich brags about the shop frequently and I hope that MAYBE I will get to spend a day or two wreck diving with them one of these days.

Knowing Rich as I do, he will be spending a weekend at the Florida Sea Base in the near future volunteering to teach PADI scuba courses to FSB seasonal staff members.

WATER TEMPERATURE

Water temperature is a major factor in the enjoyment (and financial success) of marine related activities in the Keys, especially for scuba diving.  The water temperature on the reef is currently running in the 72°/73°F range.  It will cool down to around 70 as winter progresses.  If you click on the WEATHER tab on this site you will find the historical averages for air and water temperatures by month.  Just like we whine about the cold air temperatures, most long time visitors and residents of the Keys are very timid about diving once the water temperature dips below 80°.  I am blessed to do a lot of diving during the Florida Sea Base Divemaster Academy in December/January of each year.  The water is cooler than 80 degrees by then, but is usually tolerable.  We have had a few academies where we struggled with water temperatures around 70, but those are rare.

 POOL

Rich Goldman sent these pictures early Sunday morning before taking his New Jersey students diving.  The construction company is making some decent progress.

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Capt. Steve Willis
Professional Scuba Bum™

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