I have discussed this before, and season is winding down, but it bears mentioning for those planning to attend in the future. At this time, the Florida Sea Base does NOT require strict adherence to the FDA height/weight recommendations. This could change at any time. For now, the absolute maximum weight for participation at the Florida Sea base is 295 pounds. This is regardless of height or fitness. An 8′ tall professional football player in peak physical conditioning cannot participate if he weighs more than 295 pounds. This policy is made very clear in Part D of the Annual BSA Health and Medical Report form, in the Florida Sea Base Participant’s Guide and on the Florida Sea Base website. If you appear to be near our limit, you will be weighed during check-in. We had grounded several people durning the 2012 summer season for exceeding the 295 limit, two of them on Sunday. This is very disappointing to the individual and to the youth participants in the crew. Please do not put yourself or the Florida Sea Base in this embarrassing position. And don’t forget, at any point in time the National Office could require us to adhere strictly to the FDA guidelines as Philmont and Northern Tier does.
There were no issues of significance at the Florida Sea Base Monday. One of our divemasters did a magnificent job of stubbing her big toe. But she was a trooper and didn’t even cry. Hopefully she will be able to dive today. We are tight on staff so if she can’t dive, oh my gosh, I may have to go diving. Nobody wants that (except me). But wait. One of the dive boat captains sent a text. He is not feeling well so I may have to drive the dive boat today. This is like the good old days; work on budget, answer phone calls, send emails, fix the scuba compressor, drive the boat and dive with a crew all at the same time. Not bad for someone born in MCMLII.
The tropics are fairly quiet today. The remnants of TD7 have some chance of reforming. Invest 93L is alive but turning away from us. A new wave has slid off the coast of Africa but has not been designated as an Invest system yet.
Dr. Jeff Masters of Weather Underground had this comment in Monday’s post:
Another area to watch this weekend will be the Gulf of Mexico, where a fall-like cold front is expected to stall out. Though no models are showing tropical storm development will occur, wind shear is predicted to be low to moderate this weekend, and cold fronts stalled out over the Gulf of Mexico often serve as the seed for tropical storms.
Coral Reef Sailing boats are heading for home; Captain Scott and Admiral Gail Penfield are leaving the dock today. Like the Penfield’s most of the other captains are planning on leaving the day after their last trip. Captain Joe Wischmeire and Captain Ed Marill live in the Keys and will end their last trips at their residences.
I’m running late. Have a great day.
Oops. I forgot to include this disclaimer yesterday and almost forgot again today.
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Capt. Steve Willis
Professional Scuba Bum™
PADI CD #39713
Aboard S/V Escape