The following images are from the National Weather Service Climate Prediction Center.
Drought conditions at the Florida Sea Base should persist or intensify over the next three months. Our chances for rain are equally divided between the three categories of above normal, normal and below normal and the temperature should be about normal. (Click on the WEATHER page for a chart of average weather conditions for the Florida Sea Base by month.)
The Scuba Adventure and Scuba Certification crews logged two more dives yesterday. They visited two patch reefs, Arno’s and Capital. Conditions were good, and the Scuba Certification crew members are now certified as PADI Open Water Divers.
The Scuba Liveaboard crew returned to the Florida Sea Base after a week onboard S/V Adventure and S/V Lady Nell II. Scuba Instructor Steven Raymond reported that the week went exceptionally well and everyone had a blast.
Five Coral Reef Sailing crews checked in yesterday while one Sea Exploring crew was checking out. The sailing staff have been performing “other duties as assigned” for the past week and were happy to be back at the jobs they were hired to do.
Scuba Instructor Mark Gilbert is teaching a PADI Specialty Diver Course, Self-Reliant Diver. Scuba Instructor Richard Goldman, Scuba Instructor/Captain Sargon Smith and I are taking the class. Scuba divers are traditionally trained to dive in buddy pairs. Doing so has many benefits. However, as professional divers we sometimes find that we do not have a reliable buddy. If I am teaching a beginner scuba class can I rely on a student to be my buddy and potentially rescue me if I have a problem? Probably not. Even tough there are several divers in the water, I am, to some extend, diving on my own. I need to be self-reliant.
We had our classroom session last night. We will get in the pool this morning and then go to the reef for two open water dives. We will finish up with another dive Sunday morning. One of the skills for the first dive in a 200 yard surface swim in full Self-Reliant Diver equipment which includes a pony bottle and other redundancies. This is may be very challenging for an old man with a titanium femur. I mention this because I may not (be able to) post Sunday morning.
Capt. Steve Willis
Professional Scuba Bum™
Aboard S/V Escape