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It’s 0500 (5:00 a.m.) at the Florida National High Adventure Sea Base and I’ve been up for a couple of hours so I thought I would get a jump on today’s blog.  The extension to the aft deck of S/V Escape is more than half done.  Capt. Mike has finished the railing and has begun the wood and fiberglass work.

As a member of both PADI and the BSA I have a great appreciation for this partnership.  It was a pleasure to be a part of the team that created the Scuba Diving merit badge.  The article printed in the Surface Interval – February 2010 explains how PADI professions can help BSA units raise funds to allow them to take Open Water Diver training which is a requirement for the Scuba Diving merit badge.  The Surface Interval – January 2010 explains how individuals, including PADI professionals, can become Scuba Diving merit badge counselors.  Please take a few moments to click on these links and read the articles.  Regarding the Scuba Diving merit badge counselor article it is important to note that the counselor can be, but does not have to be a scuba instructor.  Open Water certification is only one of the requirements for the merit badge.  The article is well written and gives excellent details.

Even though their are no BSA youth participants at the Florida Sea Base right now, Chrystene Matthews (Conference and Food Services Director) and her staff are staying busy with training conferences for BSA professionals.  The kids do start arriving soon, in just eight days as a matter of fact.  Several of the sailboat captains are on the dock making preparations.  Capt. Scott Penfield and his wife Gail are working especially hard on a beautiful hardtop for S/V Chanticleer.  By the way, if you are curious about the vessel’s name, there is a good explanation at Coastal Carolina Univeristy’s website.

I have to get up in about an hour and a half so I’m going to try to get a nap.


The BSA and PADI

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PADI continues to advertise its partnership with the BSA.  As mentioned in previous blogs, the professionals at PADI are wonderful people and it is a pleasure to have the opportunity to work with them.  Please click on READ MORE to see the article printed in the PADI Surface Interval newsletter for December 2009.

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.