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PADI has an unimaginable number of liability releases to cover a myriad of circumstances; divers in basic training, divers in advanced training, certified divers who are not taking a training course, divers taking various highly specialized training courses, divers on boats, divers on excursions, ad infinitum.  So it is easy (especially for persons not in the diving business) to get the forms confused.  I have made similar posts previously, but forms also get updated and BSA, FSB and PADI policies change.  So I will try again.

If you are attending the Florida Sea Base SCUBA CERTIFICATION program in 2012 you must submit anAnnual BSA Health and Medical Record form (parts A, B, and C), a RSTC/PADI Medical form, a PADI Standard Safe Diving Practices Statement of Understanding and a PADI Liability Release and Assumption of Risk Agreement.  The Safe Diving Practices form and the Liability Release are in the Student File Folder that is included in the “crew pacs” that also contain your PADI Open Water Diver manual.  If Dr. Ellen emails you a copy of the Liability Release, please execute that form and send it with your other paperwork.  The RSTC/PADI Medical form is also in the student file folder, but you need to use a paper copy (click on the above link) so it can be signed by a doctor.  The PADI policy says the form does not have to be signed by a doctor if all health questions are answered with “NO”.  HOWEVER, the BSA requires this form be signed regardless of the answers provided in the health history.  Therefore, both the BSA medical form and the RSTC/PADI medical form must be signed by a doctor.

If you are attending the Florida Sea Base SCUBA ADVENTURE or SCUBA LIVEABOARD program in 2012 you must submit an Annual BSA Health and Medical Record form (parts A, B, and C) and a PADI Liability Release and Assumption of Risk for Supervision of Certified Divers.

I apologize for the confusion.  This is an annual “event”.  I wish I could explain why this seems to be a recurring issue, but it would not be well received.  The information and forms provided above are correct.  The correct paperwork may or may not have been included in the crew packets that were sent to the registered crew leaders.  The information on the official BSA and/or Florida Sea Base web sites may not be accurate.  Once again, the information provided in this post is correct for 2012 Scuba Certification, Scuba Adventure and Scuba Liveaboard crews.

I am headed back to the IDC this morning.  They need me for an hour or two and then I’ll be back on base.  Maybe hopping into the pool will help wake me up.  I feel like a zombie this morning.

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

09Feb

102

The Boy Scouts of America turned 102 yesterday.  Happy Birthday to us!

I haven’t heard any news from the base so I hereby declare all is well.  Warm temperatures and a chance of rain continues in the Nation Weather Service forecast:

Thursday: A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 77. Northeast wind around 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
Thursday Night: A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 70. Northeast wind around 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
Friday: A slight chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 80. Northeast wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Friday Night: A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 71. Northeast wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.
Saturday: A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 79. Chance of precipitation is 50%.
Saturday Night: A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 66. Chance of precipitation is 50%.
Sunday: A chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 74. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
Sunday Night: A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy and breezy, with a low around 67. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
Monday: A slight chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 79. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Monday Night: A slight chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 71. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Tuesday: A slight chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 80. Chance of precipitation is 10%.
Tuesday Night: A slight chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 70. Chance of precipitation is 10%.
Wednesday: A slight chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 81. Chance of precipitation is 10%.

I am taking the next four days off to spend with my family and work on my PADI Course Director Training Course application.  I will be traveling to Slidell, Louisiana Monday to check on the progress of the 36′ Newton Dive Special we have under construction.  I will try to post a photo or two Monday night.  I hope to be back to work on Thursday at the latest.

Here’s a new photo of my 6 month old granddaughter, Josie:

Click to enlarge.

Have a GREAT weekend.

Capt. Steve Willis
Professional Scuba Bum™
Enjoying a few days off.

As I mentioned Thursday, the most powerful committee of the BSA, the Health and Safety Committee is currently in session at the Florida Sea Base.  I was involved in a short meeting yesterday afternoon with the Committee Chair, Bill Hurst, the Committee Director, Richard Bourlon and the Aquatics Task Force Chair, Pat Noak, to discuss a few scuba related issues.  The significant issue was confirmation of a minor change to the BSA Scuba Policy dealing with asthma.  The BSA Guide to Safe Scouting (online version) will be updated VERY soon.  This is not an exact quote of the revised policy but it boils down to this.  (1) Persons with active asthma who are using medications to control the asthma are disqualified from BSA scuba activities regardless of the level of control or being granted “clearance” from their local doctor.  (2) Persons who have a past history of asthma who can obtain documentation from their doctor that they have been asymptomatic AND have not used medications to control asthma for at least 5 years will be cleared upon receipt of proper documentation.  (3) Persons with a past history of asthma who have not been asymptomatic or who have used medications to control asthma in the past five years can take a Methacholine Challenge Test, the results of which must show the asthma is “resolved” or that the test was “negative” and not indicative of asthma or reactive airway disease.  The MCT is the ONLY test the BSA (including the Florida Sea Base) can accept.  Spirometry tests or other PFTs cannot be accepted.  There is no exception.  If you fall within the group that has to be tested, it must be the Methacholine Challenge Test.

Capt. Rich conducted staff training with the spring sailing staff yesterday.  Captains Steve Harrison and Dutch Vanderlaan assisted with small boat sailing training.  I mostly hung out the Health and Safety Committee folks.  Paul Beal was off base for the day and Rob Kolb was at the Brinton Environmental Center much of the day.

The weather in Dallas took a very disappointing turn yesterday and may cause major issues with tomorrow’s Super Bowl.  Our weather was pretty tolerable: sunny, 85º, and a good sailing breeze (10 – 15 knots).

Capt. Brian Stolzenberger and his lovely wife, Brenda, were on the dock yesterday making preparations for the spring Coral Reef Sailing season.  Capt. Brian and Admiral Brenda own Misty Shoals and Sudden Impact (unless he changed the name). Capt. Ted Bezanis of Island Woman was also around.  They all report being happy and healthy.

Capt. Steve
Aboard S/V Escape

06Nov

Ida Update

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I’m back in my room after another day of classes and wheeling & dealing.  I just checked the tropical weather page on Weather Underground.  The cone of death is curving a little more towards Sea Base.  I’ll make a separate post about today’s DEMA activities tonight or tomorrow.

Ida's Cone of Death curves towards the Florida Sea Base

Ida's Cone of Death curves towards the Florida Sea Base

05Nov

DEMA Days 1 & 2

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Wednesday was the first day of DEMA.  I was apprehensive and prepared for the worst during the registration process.  But what a relief; maybe 2 minutes and I was registered and credentialed.  Maybe these folks are finally getting their act together.

Then I walked through the gateway onto the show floor and the first thing to hit you in the face was the PADI booth.  And the first station within the PADI booth was the BSA booth.  It was manned by Larry and Donna Cunningham who have been involved with Venturing since its infancy.  After visiting with the Cunninghams I made a preliminary round through the acres of DEMA exhibitors.  When lunch time arrived I relieved the Cunninghams and stood watch at the PADI BSA booth for an hour or so.  After that I went to some of the PADI mini seminars.

In the past, the Florida Sea Base has had a challenge satisfying the PADI paperwork requirements for the Scuba Liveaboard Adventure wherein the participants frequently receive multiple certifications.  We had to apply annually for a camp waiver that allowed us to use one set of paperwork for these multiple certifications.  The PADI Risk Management folks usually granted the waiver but seemed to do so reluctantly.  Now PADI has a new form 10038 (10038 ConEdAdmnDoc_v1_0909FF).  This form combines the three essential PADI documents (medical, liability waiver and Safe Diving Practices) and is valid for all certification levels after Open Water Diver up to (but not including) Divemaster and is good for one year.  So now we can use this form and not have to apply for an annual waiver.

On Thursday I walked the floor some more in the morning.  In the afternoon PADI had a training seminar on how the dive centers could work with the BSA and use the brand new Scuba Diving merit badge to increase their business.  The seminar was standing room only.

Click Read More to see some photos.

The Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) and the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) have joined forces in an attempt to bring more of America’s youth into  the pursuit of scuba diving.  Please click on Read More to view the announcement that was printed in the September 2009 PADI publication, Surface Interval.