WORKSHOP

The BSA National Aquatics Task Force hosts an aquatic workshop every two years.  The workshop is frequently (but not always) held at the Florida Sea Base.  The 2012 workshop was held in Arkansas for a couple of reasons.  We hoped that the change in venue would attract more participants from the BSA Western Region.  That did not happen.  As a matter of fact, the overall attendance dropped compared to previous years.  The positives included reduced cost.  This seemed to allow more young, new blood to attend the workshop.  We also tried to have more practical sessions versus classroom/lectures.

The 2014 BSA Aquatics workshop will be held at the Florida Sea Base from 23 to 25 October.  This is one of the topics we will discuss next week at the BSA Aquatics Task Force meeting in Irving, Texas.  We are considering various hands-on opportunities for the participants.  No decisions have been made but some of the activities being considered include stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking, canoe, small boat sailing, canoeing, snorkeling and possibly scuba diving.  Other than the date and place, there are no other details at this time.  Cost, topics and activities are all up for discussion next weekend at the ATF meeting and it will likely be me-summer before a final agenda is set.

The workshop frequently sells out when held at the Florida Sea Base.  I will post registration information as soon as it becomes available (later this year).

Historically, the average high temperature for October in the Florida Keys is 84°, the average low temperature is 76° and the average water temperature is 82°.  The average rainfall for October is 4.4″.  These numbers are NOT specific to the Florida Sea Base and are historical averages, not a forecast.  October is one of the slow seasons in the Keys but the weather is usually very pleasant.

WEATHER

With yet another winter storm pressing through the majority of the US, conditions at the Florida Sea Base are very tolerable.

The NWS forecast for the coming week is much better than most of the country.

Today: Sunny, with a high near 79. Southeast wind around 5 mph.
Tonight: A slight chance of showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 68. Southeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening. Chance of precipitation is 10%.
Wednesday: A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 77. Northeast wind 5 to 10 mph increasing to 10 to 15 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
Wednesday Night: A chance of showers. Cloudy, with a low around 66. Breezy, with a northeast wind 15 to 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%.
Thursday: A chance of showers. Cloudy, with a high near 75. Breezy, with a north wind 15 to 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
Thursday Night: Cloudy, with a low around 67.
Friday: Partly sunny, with a high near 78.
Friday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 71.
Saturday: Partly sunny, with a high near 80.
Saturday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 71.
Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 80.
Sunday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 70.
Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 79.

The NWS marine forecast is not bad either althoughWednesday and Thursday will be breezy.

Today: Northeast to east winds 5 to 10 knots early…becoming east to southeast. Seas 1 foot or less. Nearshore waters smooth to a light chop.
Tonight: Variable winds 5 to 10 knots. Seas less than 1 foot. Nearshore waters mostly smooth. Isolated showers.
Wednesday: North to northeast winds 5 to 10 knots early…increasing to 15 knots in the afternoon. Seas less than 1 foot early…building to 1 to 2 feet in the afternoon. Nearshore waters mostly smooth early…becoming a moderate chop in the afternoon. Scattered showers.
Wednesday Night: Northeast winds near 20 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Nearshore waters rough. Scattered showers.
Thursday: Northeast winds 15 to 20 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Nearshore waters choppy. Scattered showers.
Thursday Night: Northeast winds near 15 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Nearshore waters a moderate chop.
Friday Through Saturday Night: Mainly east winds near 15 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Nearshore waters a moderate chop.

Capt. Steve Willis
Professional Scuba Bum™

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