Hi boys and girls.  The Florida Sea Base is still in need of Divemasters and/or Scuba Instructors for this summer (starting 18 May).  We hire 27 Divemasters and Scuba Instructors for our summer programs.  As of this morning, I still need 9 or 10.  If you are a certified DM, know one, or know someone that might know a DM who would like to live in paradise this summer, please email me at Steve.Willis@scouting.org.  We are doing well for applicants in all other positions.  We had a small turnout for our last Divemaster Academy which is our primary source for DMs.  Our standards are rather high.  We are looking for people who can be outstanding scuba diving role models AND positive role models for our Scouts.  It is a long 100 days (hey get one day off each week) requiring most of our DMs to make 7 to 15 dives per week (depending on their specific assignment).

While on the subject, I am still undecided on the dates for the 2014 Divemaster Academy.  I am considering several options.  Historically, we have run the DMA during Christmas/Winter school break time, starting a week before Christmas and ending a week after.  However, the school schedules seem to be less consistent and more and more students get out just before Christmas and don’t return until mid January.

Here is what I’m thinking at this point.  We will consider three possibilities.  The 2014 application will ask for dates of availability.  Once I have the applications I will decide on dates.  We might follow our traditional dates.  We might start on 27 or 28 December and go to about 12 January.  OR – we may try to run two smaller, overlapping classes, one starting before Christmas and one starting after Christmas.  The bottom line is we are going to try to accommodate more candidates to avoid this shortage next summer.  I will post a 2014 DMA Flyer and 2014 Application on the LINKS page in the coming weeks.


The divers had a great day on the reef.  The certification crew completed their PADI Open Water Diver certification.  Several of the Coral Reef Sailing crews were in for shore leave.  And that reminds me……  If you are participating in the Coral Reef Sailing adventure this summer (or thereafter) a change has been made to the shore leave schedule.  Tubing has been removed from the list of activities.  This has been one of those Jekyll and Hyde activities.  A lot of participants really enjoyed tubing, but the rate of injuries combined with the logistical complexities of providing this activity have finally won out.


It was nice yesterday, very nice.  Today?  Not so nice.  We have a 30% chance of showers today and a 50% chance of thunderstorms tonight.  We should get into the mid 80s and the wind will be from the SE at 15 to 20 knots early but laying down later in the day.

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

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