A very successful week with Mote!

A very successful week with Mote!

How awesome is this message from Erich Bartels (Staff Scientist/Program Manager/Dive Safety Officer for Mote Marine Laboratory)? Check out how many coral colonies were planted on the reef and created in the nursery!

“CWVC/SCUBAnauts – I just wanted to take a moment, now that the dust has settled, to thank all of you for the time and effort that went into planning last weeks restoration dives with Mote. Please pass along my thanks to all of the CWVC divers and their support staff, along with all of the kids and dive pros with SNI, for all of their help and assistance in the water last week. Despite some challenges coordinating boat schedules, along with weather that didn’t always cooperate, we still managed to complete an amazing amount of work….in all, through the combined efforts of CWVC, SNI, and Mote over the three day period, we were able to outplant 500 new colonies of staghorn coral, as well as create more than 2,200 new staghorn colonies in our underwater nursery. In addition, more than 60 new anchors for our coral “trees” were installed in the nursery, which will provide the desperately needed infrastructure for expanding our staghorn “spawning nursery”, establishing a dedicated area for our newly developed effort to propagate and outplant elkhorn coral, as well as creating a permanent location within the nursery to be used for Mote and Capt. Hooks to develop a community-based restoration program to further engage the dive community in Mote’s ongoing restoration efforts year-round.

Thank you all again, and a big thank you to Kim and the entire staff at Capt. Hooks for their support, flexibility, and for ensuring that everyone had a safe and enjoyable experience. Thank you!!!”

SCUBA Challenge 2019: Day One – Pool Gear Check

SCUBA Challenge 2019: Day One – Pool Gear Check

Here we go!

Most of our combat wounded and injured team arrived on Sunday to get situated in their rooms, get their gear assigned to them, and attend the briefing explaining our objectives and mission.  There are a lot of moving parts, so keeping everyone on track, and understanding that this is going to be a very very busy week, is important.

On Monday morning, we all headed to the pool to make sure the gear that was assigned was working, it fit, and everyone’s weights were good for them.  Buddies were helping get each other acclimated to their BC, regulator, mask, fins and snorkels. 

Over the next week, we will be pushing these guys to collect data that will help future generations of amputees, and those effected by a TBI/PTS.

SCUBA Challenge: Day 1

SCUBA Challenge: Day 1

Day one is always a slow stream of participants flowing into the facility we use for our challenge. People were getting checked-in, unpacked, saying hi to old friends, and meeting new ones. Our first scheduled “event” was dinner at Geiger Marina. After traveling all day (some drove days from places like Massachusetts and North Carolina), it was nice to finally be in the Keys.

The real-time account of this challenge took place on Facebook. Due to internet and time constraints, we weren’t able to write and post on the website at the same time. We’ll be going over the entire trip here and sharing some pictures as we get them uploaded to the site.