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We started out well at the Florida Sea Base yesterday, threatened by approaching showers, but making the best of the opportunities afforded us. The divers went diving and sailors went sailing.
It was a little bumpy out and some of the divers developed gastroenpukeulitis. In fact, one of the adults got so sick that there was some concern he may have had decompression illness. But that was not the case and he made a full recovery when he returned to terra firma.
We had sort of a rough afternoon. An adult scuba participant blew out an ear drum, big time, as in blood coming from the ear. One of the rules in scuba is to equalize early and often. It’s a good rule. To top everything off, one of the staff members was transported late in the afternoon to Miami for emergency care. I expect to get an update later this morning.
The tropics remain busy. Tropical Storm Florence has dissipated and is not a threat to redevelop. But Invest 92L (yellow circle in first graphic) is already on the scene and certainly bears watching. Tropical Storm Ernesto continues marching towards Belize and is expected to increase to Category 1 strength tomorrow before making landfall. But the good news is none of this will have significant impact on the Florida Sea Base.
From the National Weather Service:
Area forecast discussion for the Florida Keys National Weather Service Key West Florida 431 am EDT Tuesday Aug 7 2012Marine... overnight observations from along the reef and in the Bay/Gulf waters...along with an offshore ship report...all indicate steady east/southeast winds around 15 knots. Expect similar conditions to continue today through Wednesday morning for most Keys waters. East winds should decrease to the 10-15 knot range Wednesday afternoon... and remain there through Thursday. Weakening high pressure over the Florida Peninsula should allow for a further decrease in winds across our area from Thursday night into the weekend.
More “weeeeeee” (as Captain Mike Lucivero likes to call it) through today and then improving conditions for the divers.
I spent Monday working on the 2013 budget. My focus is on the challenges of dividing the Florida Sea Base programs into separate cost centers. I apparently misunderstood our plan for this process. Captain Rich and I have been tracking the 2012 sailing and scuba expenditures separately. I thought we were going to review the results and decide at the end of the year if we wanted to divide the cost center for 2014. But the decision has been made to divide the cost center without review of the data. The boss said do it so it will be done.
Its time for me to get ready for my real job. Scuba Commissioner Laura Kuras is off today so I get to pretend that I’m in charge of the scuba department. But the staff members are almost on autopilot at this point. I will take quite a while this morning to review the paperwork from yesterday’s incidents and disseminate them to PADI and Shelley for further distribution to the BSA insurers. Hopefully we will make it through the day with no major medical issues.
Capt. Steve Willis
Professional Scuba Bum™
PADI Course Director #39713
Aboard S/V Escape