The annual local event known as Mini Lobster Season is underway. It is a two day slaughter of the lobsters. The season is open to non-commercial fishers only. Thousands and thousands of divers and snorkelers descend upon the Keys for this brief event. It is a dangerous time and generally 3 to 5 people die each year during this two day period. The challenge for the Florida Sea base is continuing to offer a safe program during the event. We have to deal with S.P.O.R.E.s (Stupid People on Rental Equipment) and persons consuming adult beverages while boating. Our captains are very aware of the increased risks and will do everything possible to keep our participants safe.
I am still fighting this cold. I went to the doctor yesterday and was prescribed antibiotics for a sinus infection. I hope to be feeling better soon. I had self-medicated with a green liquid and a fizzy drink. I tend to follow the theory of “if a little is good a lot is great”. So I may have doubled up on the doses. Bad move. Two weeks ago my blood pressure was normal at the cardiologist’s office. Today it was 150/100. The doctor told me to lay off the OTC meds.
Despite a killer headaches, mild fever and hacking cough, I finished up the PADI Emergency Oxygen Provider course for staff members Karren Supple, Jason Carter, Hank Gordon, Justin Evans, April Oster and Keith MacDonell last night. I sat on one end of a very long table and tried to keep the staff towards the far end. I do not want anyone catching this crud from me.
The weather and program activities are all good. The participants are having a great time.
The General Manager of the Florida Sea Base, Captain Paul Beal, was hospitalized Wednesday. He is doing very well and should be back in a couple of days.
Have a great day.
Capt. Steve Willis
Professional Scuba Bum™
PADI Course Director #39713
Aboard S/V Escape