The Divemaster Academy is hosted each year by the Florida Sea Base. The 2010 Brochure contains many of the details. The Divemaster Academy (DMA) was started in 2004 by Capt. Bert Hubby, Milly McCoy, and me. In previous years, the Florida Sea Base had a hard time finding scuba professionals (Divemasters and Instructors) with Scouting backgrounds or who were familiar with the Scouting culture. We went through some difficult staffing times and dismissed several Divemasters who just could not get into the Scouting way of life. I was able to convince the General Manager that while expensive, training Eagles Scouts to be Divemasters was easier than converting Divemasters into Scout role models. And the Divemaster Academy was born. The Florida Sea Base spends about $1,200 per candidate to train up to a maximum of 16 Divemasters at each Academy. The Academy is held once a year, in December, when many of the interested, college attending applicants can attend. The 2010 DMA dates are listed on the brochure. The DMA is opened to basically anyone who meets the prerequisites, but Eagle Scouts and Gold Award recipients do get preference. There are frequently more than 16 applicants so I review each application, conduct email and telephone interviews and do my best to select the top candidates. Some years we have had as few as 6 or 7 candidates accepted into the program. We are looking for QUALITY, not QUANTITY. If accepted, the DMA is essentially free. You will sign a contract agreeing to work the spring or summer season at the Florida Sea Base for the usual compensation (currently $265 per week plus room and board). The Florida Sea Base provides everything except transportation, the membership fee which is paid to PADI and some other incidentals. Again, refer to the brochure. Also, in the very near future I plan to post Frequently Asked Questions about the DMA. If you are interested in applying for the 2010 DMA please download the 2010 DMA application and mail it to the address on the application. If you have questions, please email those to Divemaster.Academy@netbsa.org. Please don’t submit your questions to this blog. You can click for a copy of the Academy Application.
Yesterday’s weather was windy and rainy. The sailors went sailing and the divers went diving but it was rough. Invest 94 became Tropical Depression 5 at about 19:30 last night but as of 05:00 this morning it appears to be out of our lives and moving towards the Louisiana/Mississippi border. Our radar is clear and the winds are down to 10 knots or less. With only 13 days of program remaining, we have at least some chance of finishing this season with nice weather. ”Hope for the best but prepare for the worst.”
I will be spending today in Miami. Our BSA insurance is not “in network” in the Keys. We get to drive 1.5 – 2 hours to see in network doctors. A day of lost work, tolls, $36 in gas, parking, lunch, insurance co-pay, all add up to an expensive doctor’s visit. By the time I drive up, see the doctor, and run a couple of errands I will do good to get back in time for dinner. That’s part of the price you pay for living in paradise. Even the nearest in network ER is on the mainland. I don’t mean to sound like I’m whining. I’m just telling the truth.
I’m going to get cleaned up and hit the highway (yeah Miami rush hour traffic!!!).
Aboard S/V Escape