Today was day three of summer staff training at the Florida Sea Base. The sailing staff worked on small boat sailing and tubing. The scuba staff went diving and practiced more rescue scenarios. The water was swimming pool clear.
We completed dives at Independence Reef, Long Key Ledge and The Pillars of Atlantis. I got to dive on the second and third sites. Here is a short video showing Capt. Alex Bergstedt leading the rescue scenarios from the boat we use for the Scuba Certification crews.
The first Scuba Liveaboard crew has arrived and made preparations to depart on their vessels tomorrow by doing an equipment shakedown, swim reviews, and scuba skills review. Meghann Michalski is leading this group.
Capt. Alex Bergstedt, Sargon Smith and I taught the PADI Emergency Oxygen Provider Specialty Course to 12 of our staff members this evening. So it is again well past my bedtime. The scuba staff will b on base until after dinner tomorrow. Then they will get to go out for a night dive.
I couldn’t find much news about the Deepwater Horizon disaster today. Tomorrow they are scheduled to try the “top filling” procedure to shut down the flow of oil. Let’s all pray that they are successful.
Aboard S/V Escape