CONFERENCE

The last of the program participants departed the Florida Sea Base yesterday morning and two conference groups arrived in the afternoon.   The conference department will rule the base from now until mid-February when program season will return.

STAFF

Most of the winter program staff has departed.  The base is quickly becoming a lonely place.  I think Bo Busler, Cory Lancaster and Tyler Burns plan to start working for the scuba department today.  There is a lot of work to be done in preparation of spring crews.  The transformation from the old scuba area to the new scuba training facility is FAR from complete.

My family is anxious for me to return to Texas but I have a few issues aboard Escape that MUST be addressed before I leave for three months.  I hope to be back in the frigid Mother Country by 15 January.  Low 80s in the Keys versus barely above freezing back home.  I think they should all consider moving down here.  I have NO tolerance for cold as long time readers know only too well.

IDC

There are TENTATIVE plans for the Florida Sea Base to host a PADI Instructor Development Course 01 – 10 April 2015 with the PADI Instructor Exam to be held in Key Largo on 11 – 12 April.  More information can be found on the ScubaTraining page of this site.  Please email FSBScubaTraining@gmail.com with specific questions.

WEATHER

Not perfect, but probably better than wherever you are.

NWS Forecast for: Lower Matecumbe Beach FL
Issued by: National Weather Service Key West, FL
Last Update: 2:15 am EST Jan 5, 2015

Hazardous Weather Outlook

Overnight: A slight chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 77. East wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 10%.

Monday: A slight chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 80. East wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 10%.

Monday Night: A slight chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 73. Northeast wind around 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 10%.

Tuesday: A slight chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 79. East wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 10%.

Tuesday Night: A slight chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 72. East wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 10%.

Wednesday: A slight chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 77. Chance of precipitation is 10%.

Wednesday Night: A slight chance of showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 62. Breezy. Chance of precipitation is 10%.

Thursday: A slight chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 71. Windy. Chance of precipitation is 10%.

Thursday Night: A slight chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 66. Windy. Chance of precipitation is 10%.

Friday: A slight chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 75. Chance of precipitation is 10%.

Friday Night: A slight chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 70. Chance of precipitation is 10%.

Saturday: A slight chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 77. Chance of precipitation is 10%.

Saturday Night: A slight chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 72. Chance of precipitation is 10%.

Sunday: A slight chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 78. Chance of precipitation is 10%.

Point Forecast: Lower Matecumbe Beach FL
24.85°N 80.73°W (Elev. 0 ft)

Visit your local NWS office at: http://www.weather.gov/keywest

We certainly lucked out weather wise with the DMA and winter program.  The wind has been very brisk from the east for the past few days and will continue to blow for several more.

THANKS

Captain Dennis and Dr. Ellen Wyatt treated me to dinner last night.  They are wonderful people and I cherish their friendship.

Capt. Steve Willis
FSB Scuba Director – RETIRED
Professional Scuba Bum™
Aboard S/V Escape

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