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07Apr

SLOWING DOWN

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SCUBA

Saturday was a big scuba check-out day at the Florida Sea Base with one Scuba Liveaboard crew and six Scuba Adventure crews completing their week of diving.  One Scuba Liveaboard crew checked in Saturday.

Today’s scuba arrivals are about 50% of the last two weeks’; one Scuba Liveaboard, three Scuba Adventure and one Scuba Certification crew.  After this week we have one Scuba Liveaboard trip and one Scuba Adventure trip left in the 2013 Florida Sea Base spring season.

SAILING

Bill Loveall joined the spring sailing staff a couple of weeks ago; he accompanied Scuba Instructor Mark Gilbert on what has become an annual ritual for mark.  Bill jumped in feet first without a clue as to what he might be getting into.  He has done a superb job; always pleasant, professional, courteous and wiling to do whatever was asked of him.  He is leaving today to return to Missouri.  We appreciate his contributions during these two very busy weeks and hope he returns next spring.  Thanks Bill.

The sailing programs are slowing down a bit too.  One Sea Exploring crew and two Coral Reef Sailing crews checked out Saturday as one Sea Exploring crew checked in.  Two Coral Reef Sailing crews and another Sea Exploring crew arrives today.

WEATHER

Saturday started out overcast and a very chilly 62°F.  But the clouds burned off quickly and the temperature warmed up to a tolerable level.  We are expecting a breezy week with a small chance of rain.  NWS Forecast.

Capt. Steve Willis
Professional Scuba Bum™
Aboard S/V Escape

09Mar

1,135

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1,135

Certainly not a magic number, but as I was logging in to the Florida Sea Base News admin site this morning I noticed that today’s post is number 1,135.  My first post was 19 October 2009.  I have missed a few days on occasion; I think it averages out to about 10 days per year that I have not posted.  While the readers have always been supportive, there have been times when others have not been pleased with my efforts.  Bull-headedness has gotten me through those times.  Some would call it dedication,  a couple of other people have another word for my efforts.

STAFF

Here we go boys and girls, our first significant arrival weekend of the 2013 spring program season.  One Scuba Liveaboard crew and four Coral Reef Sailing crews will arrive today.  Divemaster Paul Mangone checked in yesterday to bolster the spring scuba staff.  More sailing and scuba staff members will trickle in over the next week or two.  I will try to note their arrival, but sometimes I forget.

SAILING

The Sea Exploring crew that arrived Friday will board the Schooner Yankee at the Florida Sea Base dock this morning to begin their sail to Key West and then back to Marathon.  Another Sea Exploring crew and four Coral Reef crews will arrive this afternoon.  The normal routine for the Sea Exploring crews is to spend their arrival afternoon going through a shakedown/orientation process, spend the night in the dorm, and then start their sailing adventure the following morning.  The Coral Reef Sailing crews are able to leave the dock after dinner in the summer time.  But in the spring the sun sets too early for this to happen.  So they spend their first night on the boat at the dock and head out before breakfast the next morning.  Today’s Coral Reef Sailing crews will be aboard S/V Silent Harmony with Captain Guiseppe, S/V Misty Shoals with Captain Brian, S/V Chanticleer with Captain Scott and S/V Sprindrift with Captain Joe.

SCUBA

One Scuba Liveaboard crew arrives today.  They will spend the afternoon preparing for tomorrow’s departure; orientation, swim review, scuba gear check-out, and scuba review in the pool.  They will be led by Scuba Instructor Steven Raymond and Divemaster Jenna Burton.  The crew will sail on S/V Lady Nell II with Captain Drew Mead and S/V Adventure with Captain Hans Bockelman.

Project AWARE

There is a button on the top left of this site for Project AWARE.  This is a non-profit organization that originated as a part of PADI.  They are separate organizations now but still closely related. Please click HERE to read an appeal from Leonardo DiCaprio asking for signatures to help reduce the slaughter of sharks and rays.

WEATHER

Friday was much nicer than expect, a mild breeze, a ton of sunshine and and afternoon high of 70°F.  By dinner time many of the Minnesota crew that had arrived for Sea Exploring were already sunburned.  Today we are expecting a lot of sun, a little more wind (but not much) and a high of 76.

Capt. Steve Willis
Professional Scuba Bum™
Aboard S/V Escape

WEATHER

The Florida Sea Base has several friends and alumni in New Jersey.  The state is not having good luck wth named storms that start with “S”.  I copied this yesterday from The Weather Channel:

However, coastal flooding and beach erosion will also be significant impacts from this winter storm.  Let’s break down the timing and potential impacts.

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Delmarva Peninsula, N.J. shore

– East onshore winds increase Wednesday morning, becoming north-northeast Wednesday evening, then switching to offshore winds in most areas by Thursday morning.

– Most significant coastal flood threat from Ocean City, Md. to Sandy Hook, N.J.  Widespread minor to moderate coastal flooding is expected Wednesday.  Widespread moderate flooding is possible Thursday morning.

Locally, Tuesday and Wednesday were very pleasant.  The afternoon highs crept into the low 70s, a ton of sun, and near calm winds.  Yesterday started out nice and warmed up pleasantly but then the wind started roaring from the SW.  Fortunately we do not have any crews on the water right now.  Posted Wednesday by the National Weather Service:

Synopsis…A COLD FRONT IS CURRENTLY SWEEPING ACROSS THE FLORIDA STRAITS WITH FRESH TO STRONG NORTHWEST TO NORTH BREEZES IN ITS WAKE. A LARGE RIDGE WILL MOVE SLOWLY ACROSS THE EASTERN UNITED STATES TO THE WESTERN NORTH ATLANTIC OCEAN THROUGH SUNDAY. MODERATE TO FRESH BREEZES FROM THE NORTH TONIGHT WILL LULL THURSDAY THROUGH FRIDAY BEFORE THE RIDGE AXIS MOVES OFF THE EAST COAST STATES. GRADIENT WINDS WILL FRESHEN AGAIN FRIDAY NIGHT THROUGH MONDAY NIGHT WHILE CLOCKING AROUND TO THE EAST.

STAFF

The Florida Sea Base staff members had a great time at the Brinton Environmental Center Tuesday. I sincerely appreciate the hospitality afforded by Captain Scott Martin and the BEC staff.

I saw Robby Adams and Nick Gross splicing lines for the Florida Sea Base power boat fleet yesterday afternoon.  Captain Christy Clemenson had a crew working on final preparations onboard BSA Explorer and BSA Adventure for today’s US Coast Guard inspection.  Laura Kuras spent the day with most of the scuba staff members working on tank maintenance.  They may finish up before the end of the week.  Several of the sailing staff were honing their skills on the Hunter 170s.

Conference Mate Clyde Clark left the Florida Sea Base yesterday.  He spends the summer working at Philmont and has begun his pilgrimage for here, to family and friends, to there.  Clyde is incredible and we miss him already.  We were fortunate to have three retreads from Philmont with us this spring, Clyde, Veronica “Ronnie” Frye and Jim VanHecke, all working on the conference staff.

CORAL REEF SAILING

Despite the stout west wind, two of the Coral Reef Sailing vessels returned to the Florida Sea Base dock yesterday; S/V Flamingo with Captain Tim, (Office Manager) Susan Mahoney and Rocky and S/V New Dawn with Captain Kim Morse at the helm, Captain Bob Morse working the deck and Sinatra providing vocal accompaniments.

Capt. Steve Willis
Professional Scuba Bum™
Aboard S/V Escape

 

WEATHER

The water temperature on the reef has officially broken the 76°F mark with the Molasses Reef Buoy reporting 76.3°.  This is excellent news.  If you click on the WEATHER page on this site there is a chart of monthly air and water average temperatures.

Our weather forecast from the National Weather Service is calling for a COOL week ahead; lows 55-60°, highs 67-71° and a decent chance of rain.  The rain should be gone with clear skies and warming temperatures the following week.  By the next wave of Scout arrivals the air temperatures should be back into the low 80s.

STAFF

The scuba staff members continued their quest with the scuba tank annual maintenance yesterday morning while the sailing staff members worked on deep cleaning the sailing dorms.  After lunch the Captain Sargon Smith took the staff snorkeling and diving.   Richard Goldman returned to the Florida Sea Base just before dinner time.  He will spend the next two days volunteering as a Scuba Instructor to conduct staff scuba certifications.  One of the benefits of employment at the Florida Sea Base is you can earn your PADI Open Water Diver certification for only $50.

BRRRRR

Tim Gaffron sent me this photo from Minnesota.  It is going to be chilly here for the coming week, but no icicles.

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Tim is the Eagle Coordinator for Troop 84 in Maple Grove, MN.

Capt. Steve Willis
Professional Scuba Bum™
Aboard S/V Escape

14Feb

FOR SHAME!

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OMISSION

I was really exhausted when I arrived back at the Florida Sea Base Tuesday.  In my post I failed to mention that on my trip back from Dallas I was fortunate enough to spend an evening with the Wyatts.  Captain Dennis and Ellen are both working as van drivers at  a college near their home.  They have some wonderful tales that I look forward to reading in their next book.  I suggested they call the school Deacon College in in the book.  I will let you know as soon as the book becomes available.  I must apologize PROFUSELY to the Wyatts for yesterday’s oversight.

SUMMER STAFF HIRING

I realize several of you are getting antsy about summer employment at the Florida Sea Base.  If you read this blog regularly you know I have been out of town for 2 weeks.  I have reviewed most of the applications.  With a little cooperation, I will be able to call or email notifications for scuba staff hiring early next week.  If you are hoping to work on the summer staff and have NOT submitted an application, you need to fax it to the attention of Rob Kolb at 305-664-2039 IMMEDIATELY.

Summer staff are scheduled to arrive on or before 18 May 2013.  Staff training will begin at 07:30, Sunday, 19 May 2013.  While exceptions are made occasionally, not being here for staff training is a detriment for the staff member, the Florida Sea Base and for our participants.  (That is a clue that arriving in time for staff training is VERY important.)

STAFF

Our new Sailing Director, Captain Luke Knuttel, has taken the bull by the horns and is doing a great job.  Marine Superintendent, Captain Christy Clemenson, is working untiringly on the dive boats.  Scuba Commissioner Laura Kuras and the scuba staff have been working very hard on the scuba regulators while I was gone.  Several needed a little tweaking to be perfectly adjust for the participants.Wednesday they starting working on the tank visual inspection process.  The valves and boots must be removed from all 500+ tanks and the interior inspected for pitting and debris.

SPRING KICK-OFF

The first sailing crews of the 2013 spring program season at the Florida Sea Base arrive Saturday.  The first divers, one Scuba Liveaboard crew and one Scuba Adventure crew, arrive on Sunday (along with more sailing crews).  We have a significant chance of rain daily through Saturday, but the system should pass by Sunday.  Sunday will be a bit chilly (by Florida Sea Base standards) and breezy but we should see improving conditions by Monday.

VALENTINE’S DAY

I want to wish my lovely bride a happy Valentine’s Day.  I miss you.

Capt. Steve Willis
Professional Scuba Bum
Aboard S/V Escape

12Feb

12 DAYS

NO POSTS

It’s been 12 days since my last post about the Florida Sea Base.  I’m not sure what my record is; I missed some days last summer while in the Dominican Republic for the PADI Course Director Training Course and I missed about 2 weeks a couple of years ago when I sailed to the Bahamas for about 2 weeks.  I received this nice mail a few days ago:

Hi Steve!

Wondering when the blog entries are going to return. I miss reading about the Florida Sea Base. The last blog entry I see is for Jan. 31. Hope you are well!
 
YIS,
Andy Nissly
Lancaster, PA

BSA SEA SCOUT

Thanks Andy; I’m back.  As I detailed before my departure, I was on a road trip, including a stop in Slidell, Louisiana to check on the construction progress of our latest Newton 46′ Dive Special, BSA Sea Scout.  I had a meeting with the sales manager, Brian and foreman, Tommy.  It was a productive meeting.  The boat was originally scheduled for completion on 15 March 2013.  They said they are about 2 weeks behind schedule due to the  weather, so the boat should be ready on April Fool’s Day.  The hull and lower deck have been molded but not yet conjoined.  I provided Tommy with a list of electronics that will be shipped to him for installation along with photos and diagrams from Captain Christy Clemenson showing how we wanted the helm laid out.

BSA NATIONAL COMMITTEE MEETINGS

From Slidell I drove to Dallas.

AQUATICS TASK FORCE

I spent Saturday and most of (Superbowl) Sunday in meetings with the BSA National Aquatics Task Force, of which I am a member.  As always, Chairman Pat Noack had prepared a lengthy agenda.  With awesome input from American Canoe Association Chief Operations Officer (and Task Force Member) Chris Stec, we were able to prepare requirements for a BSA Stand-Up Paddleboarding award.  The requirements were presented the next day to the BSA National Health and Safety Support Committee for adoption.  I do not have an official release date for the award, but I expect it to be available this summer (2013).  Mr. Bill Hall led the charge on changes to the BSA Lifeguard program.  Most were minor changes to stay in step with YMCA and ARC standards.  Probably the single biggest change is the addition of in-water ventilations.  This will be at the 2013 national Camp Schools.  Revisions were also discussed for the Swimming Merit Badge.

HEALTH AND SAFETY

Monday was Health and Safety meetings; there was the Medical Team meeting, followed by the Publications/Education Team meeting, followed by the Health and Safety Safety Team meeting (not a typo), followed by the BSA National Health and Safety Support Committee Meeting.  Whew!  I want to sincerely thank Mr. Bill Hurst, H&S Committee Chair, for allowing me to attend these meetings.  I have become a permanent guest of sorts.  So much happens in these meetings that effects the operations at the Florida Sea Base that Florida Sea Base General Manager Captain Paul Beal feels it is in our best interest to be represents.  I was even listed on the agenda this time and asked to give a brief synopsis of our 2012 program seasons.  A revised Incident Reporting folder has been disseminated to all BSA local councils.  The members discussed fatality and injury summaries for 2012.

HIGH ADVENTURE

Tuesday morning I attended the BSA High Adventure Committee meeting with Florida Sea Base General Manager Captain Paul Beal.  There were many representatives from the three National High Adventure facilities, plus Captain Beal’s boss and his boss’ boss.  John Clark (GM of Philmont Scout Ranch and Director of High Adventure) and John Green (Group Director Outdoor Adventures) are incredible leaders of the BSA.  That’s not kissing up; that’s pure truth.  I sincerely admire both of these men for what they do every day for the BSA.  High Adventure rules!  Enough said.

OUTDOOR PROGRAMS

Tuesday afternoon I attended the BSA Outdoor Programs Committee meeting.  The good news is that the National High Adventure programs are doing exceptionally well.  Unfortunately, many of the local council camps are struggling.  A plan has been devised to help the local camps improve their program and their bottom line.

WEATHER

It was chilly when I left for Dallas.  It is W-A-R-M.  Here’s the national Weather Service forecast for the coming week:

Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 73. Southeast wind 10 to 15 mph.
Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 79. South wind 10 to 15 mph.
Wednesday Night: A chance of showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 73. South wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
Thursday: A chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 79. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.
Thursday Night: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 70. West wind around 5 mph becoming north after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 50%.
Friday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 78. Chance of precipitation is 50%.
Friday Night: A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 67. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
Saturday: A chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 77. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
Saturday Night: A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 62. Windy. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 68. Windy.
Sunday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 59. Breezy.
Washington’s Birthday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 73. Breezy.
Monday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 67. Windy.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 74. Breezy.

BACK AT BASE

I drove through the gate of the Florida National High Adventure Sea Base around 13:30 (1:30 pm) Tuesday.  About an hour later Captain Rich Beliveau drove out the gate, headed to a new adventure in North Carolina.  We got to chat for a few minutes before he left.  There wasn’t much to say.  What do you say when you’re loosing one of your best friends?

We are experiencing a small snafu with staff housing for the weekend.  It appears that we have so many United Methodist Scouting conference attendees this weekend that we must use one of the staff dorm rooms for the conference.  So three or four guys will get to spend the weekend in the scuba dorm.  Not a biggie; I stay in the scuba dorm during the nasty hurricanes; pretty comfy.

Tuesday was drug testing day for some of the seasonal staff.  All seasonal staff members are tested and enrolled in a random drug testing program at no expense to them.  For most of our staff it is a US Coast Guard requirement.  Since we have to do it for most of the staff we decided to have 100% participation.

I haven’t made time to get a full debriefing on what the staff have accomplished while I was gone but I will post about that tomorrow.

Capt. Steve Willis
Professional Scuba Bum™
Aboard S/V Escape

 

28Jan

SPRING 2013

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SPRING SEASON

The Florida Sea Base will have a busy spring.  While we continue to struggle to attract enough Scouting units to fill the spring season with program activities, Food and Conference Director Tim Stanfill has done an excellent job of filling all of the holes with conferences.

The program season kicks off 16 February.  I don’t have copies of any of the schedules except scuba at this time.  The first week we have one Scuba Adventure crew and one Scuba Liveaboard crew.  The next 12 days there are no Scout units but the place will be a beehive of conference activity.  After that we have three scuba crews, then three more.  The week before Easter we have eight scuba crews and the week post Easter we have another eight crews.  The following week we are down to six crews, then one crew and then one final crew and the 2013 spring program season will conclude.

While I don’t have a copy of the other program schedules, their general trends follow those of the scuba attendance.  Generally speaking we start about President’s Day, then nothing, then a crescendo until the week before and after Easter (when we get slammed) and then it tapers off until the end of April.

 STAFF

Many of the Florida Sea base staff members are very involved with their local councils when not serving Scouts here.  To wit, and email from PADI Divemaster Paul Mangone who is the Cubmaster back home:

Steve and Tim,
Thought you all might be interested in our pack trip to the Florida Aquarium. We have other really great shots of the boys. We had a great time during this overnight adventure “sleeping with the fishes”, dissecting a carp, and learning about or wonderful Florida marine environment. We had about 56 scouts, parents and siblings attend. See you all soon!
Paul Mangone
Pack 8463
SW FL Council
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Captain Christy Clemenson spent Sunday working on the paperwork for all of the US Coast Guard inspected dive boat at the Florida Sea Base.  This was an all day project.  I appreciate her detail to regulations and neatness.

Captain Sargon Smith was granted Sunday off.  So he spent the morning driving a dive boat in an attempt to take some of the staff diving.  (The attempt was aborted due to sea state.)  The Food and Conference Director Tim Stanfill had to dispatch some of his staff to the Brinton Environmental Center to assist with a conference there and Captain Sargon was drafted to take the Sea Base conference group stand-up paddle boarding.

WEATHER

Breezy – in one word, that’s it.  The wind has been blowing for a week or more.  For the coming week, the National Weather Service is forecasting high temperatures near 80, lows around 72, a 10%-20% chance of some rainfall, and continued 20 knot winds except on Thursday when we might get a one day break.

Capt. Steve Willis
Professional Scuba Bum™
Aboard S/V Escape

24Jan

CHILL-EEEE

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WEATHER

Welcome, from the warm (?) and sunny Florida Keys.  The National Weather Service is reporting 66º at the Marathon Airport.  The Florida Sea Base temperature (according to the unofficial thermometer aboard S/V Escape) is 59°F.  In all fairness, my thermometer is sitting on the deck top (temporarily) where it is exposed to the 21 knot winds blowing across the water.  So my reading is more of a “feels like” temperature.  But that is one of the things on which The Weather Channel Meteorologist Stephanie Abrams and I agree – if it feels like 59 then it’s 59.  Our water temperatures have dropped to 73°F on the ocean side and 69°F on the bay side.

SAILING DIRECTOR

We expect to learn who Captain Paul Beal has chosen to be the next Florida Sea Base Sailing Director very soon.  We have our monthly Team Meeting this morning so maybe the selectee will be announced then.  I know Captain Rich is running short on his remaining time at the Florida Sea Base and he is anxious about giving the newbie as much guidance as possible before he leaves.  That statement alone shows his extraordinary dedication to the Florida Sea Base.  Many individuals would develop short-timer’s disease and just walk away.  Even a super hero (like Super Sailor Person) would have a difficult time replacing Captain Rich.  He has raised the expectations of the captains and staff to an unimaginably high level.

STAFF

Captain Sargon Smith and Divemaster Brenda Mallory have completed the assembly of 30 new wagons for the convenience of our spring and summer scuba participants.  Captain Christy Clemenson is working hard to prepare the dive boats for the upcoming season and the annual US Coast Guard safety inspections.

I overheard plans yesterday morning for Ronnie Fye and Jessica Skiba to take the spouses of the Volunteer Development Conference to John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park for the day.  Pennekamp was the first underwater park in the USA.  The remainder of the Food and Conference staff remained behind to serve the conference attendees.

The heater aboard Escape is working well.  The forward head is operational.  Other than walking down the dock to the office I will not be exposed to the bone chilling 60 degree weather this morning.  So the day is off to a good start.  We will see how the 3 hour Team Meeting affects that.

Capt. Steve Willis
Professional Scuba Bum™
Aboard S/V Escape

23Jan

YESTERDAY

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“Yesterday, all my troubles seemed so far away”, or so sung the Beetles during the British music invasion of the USA.  And what does that have to do with the Florida Sea Base?  Not much; but I am struggling to remember what happened yesterday which means nothing unusual.

Everyone was very busy.  I was in the office very early and worked on various paperwork assignments.  Then I went to Admin right after breakfast anticipating a meeting being called to discuss the applicants for the Sailing Director position.  But everyone was too busy.  So I collected mail and packages that needed to go to the Program Office.  But there was too much so I summoned Captain Sargon Smith to bring a wagon and help me out.  I returned to the office and Captain Sargon went to the scuba area to assemble more wagons.  Later in the day I saw Divemaster Brenda Mallory working on the wagon assembly.  (She’s a really hard worker.)

Meanwhile, Captain Christy Clemenson loaded up before breakfast (she was up early too) and headed for Marathon.  She took the props from BSA Centennial Eagle to the prop shop , went shopping for boat supplies at West Marine, and then visited the BSA Tarpon in the boat yard and removed the fire extinguishers to bring them back to the Florida Sea Base for inspection.

The Food and Conference staff members stayed busy with the Volunteer Development conference group.  Many of the attendees were taken on a “sunset” cruise with conference staff members Ronnie, Jim and Jessica, Sailing Commissioner Bryce as the First Mate, Captain Sargon Smith at the helm, and Captain Rich Beliveau and I tagging along as tour guides.  I put “sunset” in quotes because the sky was very cloudy to the west and we did not actually see the sun set.  There was a sliver or two of bright orange blazing through the cloud cover and then it went away.  We are going to try again Friday. 🙂

There was a lot of other day-to-day activities going on in Admin, with the facilities folks and the volunteers were working like maniacs (as they do every day) on landscaping projects.

That’s it; yesterday was a very productive day.  PLUS, there is even more fun ahead today at the Florida Sea Base.  Office Manager Susan Mahoney will be arriving today or tomorrow.  (She is sailing in with husband Captain Tim aboard S/V Flamingo and a firm schedule is frequently challenging when sailing.)

Capt. Steve Willis
Professional Scuba Bum™
Aboard S/V Escape

22Jan

MLK DAY

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HOLIDAY

Monday was a BSA holiday.  However, most of the full time staff at the Florida Sea Base reported for duty.  If you were fortunate enough to have a three day weekend I hope you made the most of it and had a great time.

CONFERENCE

The BBYO departed yesterday morning and another Volunteer Development group arrived yesterday evening.  The Florida Sea Base Food and Conference Director, Tim Stanfill, has done an excellent job of keeping the non-program dates filled with conference attendees this year.

SCUBA

The last time Captain Christy Clemenson drove BSA Centennial Eagle she noticed a vibration.  So Captain Sargon Smith jumped in the water yesterday to inspect the props and shafts; we assumed that the boat had run over a lobster trap and line was wrapped on a shaft.  What Captain Sargon found was much worse; two of the four blades on the port prop were bent.  Captain Christy and Captain Sargon suited up and a few hours later had removed both props.  (The props have to be balanced for proper performance.  So if one prop is worked on they both require adjustment.)

Late in the afternoon I caught Divemaster Brenda Mallory assembling scuba carts.  Rob and Bart from Breathing Air Concepts showed up around 16:00 to work on our scuba compressors.  They are and incredible, competent, fair team.  It is rare in the Keys to find a service company that is completely above reproach.  Breathing Air Concepts is a rare gem.

WEATHER

Between 15:00 (3 pm) and 16:00 (4 pm) our wind speed almost doubled from 8 knots to 13 knots.  By 19:00 (7 pm) we were at 16 knots.  I did not foresee this change when looking at the forecast Monday morning.  Here is today’s marine forecast from the National Weather Service.

Today: North winds near 15 knots…decreasing to 10 to 15 knots in the afternoon. Seas around 2 feet. Nearshore waters a moderate chop…becoming a light to moderate chop.
Tonight: North to northeast 10 to 15 knots early…increasing to near 20 knots. Seas building to 2 to 4 feet. Nearshore waters becoming rough. Isolated showers.
Wednesday: Northeast winds 15 to 20 knots. Seas 2 to 4 feet. nearshore waters choppy.
Wednesday Night And Thursday: Northeast to east winds 15 to 20 knots. Seas 2 to 4 feet. Nearshore waters choppy. Isolated showers.
Thursday Night: Northeast to east winds 15 to 20 knots. Seas 2 to 4 feet. Nearshore waters choppy. Isolated showers.
Friday: East winds near 15 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Nearshore waters a moderate chop. Isolated showers.
Friday Night: Northeast to east winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas around 2 feet. Nearshore waters a light to moderate chop. Isolated showers.
Saturday: Northeast winds near 15 knots. Seas around 2 feet. nearshore waters a moderate chop. Isolated showers.
Saturday Night: North to northeast winds 15 to 20 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Nearshore waters choppy. Isolated showers.

As of this morning, the week looks like lows in the mid 60s, highs in the mid 70s, very breezy, and a 10% chance of light scattered showers daily.

Capt. Steve Willis
Professional Scuba Bum™
Aboard S/V Escape