I was able to relax a little yesterday.  But by 1:30 my services were required in the office; there were some concerns with the paperwork for one of the arriving crews.  Today will be a long day of emailing scuba crews about medical review issues in the morning and checking in crews in the afternoon.

All programs are proceeding very well.  We have the usual issues like sunburn, not enough properly functioning showers (there are NEVER enough), the continued delays with the new swimming pool, etc.  It seems we are having an unusually high number of incidents involving barotrauma to ears.  Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, we must all equalize our ears when snorkeling and scuba diving.  If you are a certified diver you learned this in your Open Water Diver training.  If you are an inexperienced snorkeler, you will be taught how to do this your first day at the Florida Sea Base.  After that, it is up to you.  No one can equalize your ears for you.  We are taking someone to the ER or ENT almost daily.  Some days two people a day.  And one of the kids was an over achiever and blew out BOTH ears snorkeling.


Typical summer conditions.  The water temperature is 83°F, flirting with 84.  Almost everyone is swimming and diving in t-shirts and swimsuits.  (For the benefit of the scuba divers, we seldom have thermoclines in the Keys.  83 on the surface generally means 83 at depth.)


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

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