We have had, and currently have, several staff members at the Florida Sea Base that epitomize what it means to be a Scout.  And while these young men and women may or may not become President of the United States, Congressmen, Generals, Admirals, industry moguls, astronauts, or famous in any way, it is my prayer that maybe, just maybe, they can save this nation and our society from destroying itself.

I am aware that these young people are who they are because of their parents, grandparents and other key figures in their youth.  I do not mean to embarrass Austen (he prefers to be called Mustang – long story) or Jake Potter but these two staff members are truly Scouts.  Mr. and Mrs. Potter, you have raised two amazing sons.  I have only spoken with Jake a little but I have spent hours upon hours with Austen as a Divemaster Academy candidate, Florida Sea Base staff member and Instructor Development Course candidate.  Both of these young men are polite, hard working, intelligent, and paying forward what family and Scouting has given to them.  As most parents do, I feel my son is an incredible man and I tend to compare others to him.  In my 15 years at the Florida Sea Base, there have been less than a dozen staff members that have impressed me as much as the Potters.  Now that Jake has had a small taste of Sea Base (this is his first time to work on staff) I hope he will return.


Captain Christy Costa will have her hands full this morning when the USCG Marine Safety Officer arrives to conduct the annual inspections on two of the Newton 46 Dive Specials.


We are in for a drop in temperature with nightly lows in the 60s on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.  Time to dig out sweat pants and jackets and maybe even wear socks!

Stay warm my friends.

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


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