Underwater Wakulla- April 15, 2021

I returned

“The brand new sneakers trigger ache within the toes” is the story of my life for the time being. It is Friday, three days after my return, and I am nonetheless exhausted from the emergency return journey throughout the nation by truck, to not point out the jet lag and working the shop by myself. Joerg dropped by on daily basis to assist out throughout lunch break and to catch up. I name Cortland 5-6 occasions a day to return again to areas the place I forgot passwords for a very long time. He takes hyperbaric remedies for a persistent sore on his leg. He shall be absent for a number of weeks on sick depart. And clients are pouring in, blissful that we’re nonetheless open given the pandemic. Haddock Automotive was blissful to refuel. And naturally, folks need to have their tanks, regulators and vests overhauled earlier than the season begins for good.

I requested concerning the retailer’s hours of operation and acquired a number of options. Though I hardly ever see anybody earlier than 10 a.m., when folks depart for the weekend, they need a possibility earlier. Friday and Saturday appear to be the goal days after I needs to be open a lot earlier. OK, not right now as a result of it is going out, however usually being open at 7 a.m. and closed at 7 p.m. After all, the folks of Alabama and Georgia will at all times need their Sundays again. Till I get Cortland again, I’ll transfer the opening to 9 a.m., as I did this week. And I can get away from Sunday as a result of I must dive, and my ocean diving choices are solely Sunday for the time being. When Cortland is mounted we will come again on Sunday and I will cowl hours earlier and one other day.

We have already got college students requesting programs. Joe Bosquez needs Cave Normoxic Trimix on the finish of April, and I’ve 3 candidates for Rust’y’s Fundamental Diving course who got here yesterday to register for his subsequent course. Rusty came visiting on Saturday to debate the summer time faculty schedule and repair the regulator. Mehdi then labored for Edd Sorrenson at Marianna. And Travis at all times stops by the shop on Saturdays to do Hydro Testing, even after lately discovering a job with Dive Mushy in Largo (Tampa space)! Spectacular!!

So the place are we going? Sure, my higher half (Ann) nonetheless manages the enterprise books, however from Hawaii. She’s going to in all probability by no means come again, now dwelling as a farmer in paradise. I’ve to return again in September to reap the ample avocado orchard and distribute the ten,000 fruits anticipated across the island to the 9 Foodland shops. The orchard saved us busy final yr from September to January. Throughout this time, I additionally taught rebreather and deep diving, supported the rebreather group with gases, and even acquired an intern to run the small retailer in the home. Every of you is at all times welcome to return and go to! I dive each weekend at depths of 120 FSW for 120 minutes common time / depth. There may be a whole lot of coral, small fish, seashells and massive fish however no spearfishing attainable. The water is at all times tender at 78 levels or extra. However sufficient about Hawaii!

Whereas coaching Mr. Kirk Campania in Hawaii, I discovered that he was additionally an organization devoted to firefighters. What I came upon later was that it was from Florida. I’m now within the technique of aligning Wakulla Diving Heart with their firm in Florida to do the hydrostatic testing within the North Florida space, which we tried and closed by corporations in Tallahassee a couple of years in the past. . I want to search out, practice and rent a full-time hydrotester to get again into the CO2 sport. Once we final did it, we doubled our earnings stream. Travis constructed us a basic hydro check facility, so let’s sing it!

I hope I can get again to writing about Florida Diving now that I am again and engaged.

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