Florida Sea Base is anxious for your arrival and participation in the Sea Exploring Program for the upcoming season. To aid in your preparation for the trip, we would like to go over some programmatic and physical aspects of the week that you will spend with us.
Upon arrival at the Sea Base you will be greeted by your Program Mate and given a tour of the Base, a swim review, snorkel lesson, and take an optional crew photo. Your first meal will be dinner at the quarterdeck, after which you will meet with the Mate of your vessel and prepare for your adventure of exploring the Florida Keys on a large sailing vessel. You will sleep the first night in a Sea Base bunkhouse. The next morning your crew will have breakfast, load up in vans and drive down to the marina where you will board your boat. You and your fellow crew members will take turns cooking in the galley and cleaning up after meals. At night participants will take turns at anchor watch, because the sea never sleeps.
The week's schedule depends on the weather and the crew's ability. On your first day towards Key West you will stop to snorkel some of the best coral reefs in the Florida Keys and you will drop fishing lines in the water as you travel to hopefully catch a meal. When you arrive at Key West you will be granted shore leave to explore the historic town. On the day before your departue day, you will return a marina unload gear and clean the vessel and then load in vans for the return trip to Sea Base. This is the night of your big Luau dinner and closing program. Your crew will perform skits and receive the Florida Sea Base patch. Your last night will be spent in the bunkhouse before your a.m. departure.
Try to travel light and bring only what you need. This is not a pleasure cruise, but rather it is a working vessel and you are the crew. The quarters can be cramped and hot, so be prepared to sleep on deck. This will be a great adventure that you will remember for a lifetime. You will be doing actual hands on sailing, including navigating with charts, raising and lowering of the sails, taking turns on the helm, and swabbing the decks.
Because of the number of people involved and the close quarters in ship board living, you need to ensure that all of your gear fits into one small duffel bag with crushable sides...definitely no larger than a pillow case. While you are under way on your vessel you will troll for many types of large fish. If you are a gung-ho fisherman, you may want to try your hand at bottom fishing in several of the anchorages. The Florida Sea Base supplies all the necessary rods, reels and tackle.
Swim Test & Review
The Florida Sea Base is the premier aquatic High Adventure facility of the BSA. The programs involve strenuous activities that tire even those who are in the best physical condition. You must complete the standard BSA swim test prior to you arrival. If you cannot pass this test without problems, you may want to reconsider participation. Upon your arrival to the Sea Base, you will participate in a swim review to assess your swimming skills. The heat and physical activities can tire you out fast, so arrive at the Sea Base in good physical condition.
Being Physically Fit
Every participant in the Florida Sea Base High Adventure program needs to be physically fit for the strenuous demands that will be placed on their body. Get in shape! Stay in shape! You will be in the water a great deal, so to prepare, go swimming often with your crew at your local pool. Do some light exercises to increase your stamina. You will be frequently lifting your body in and out of the water to boats and docks. You have dedicated a lot of your personal time and resources to come to Sea Base. Get the most out of your experience by being ready - physically and mentally.
Persons weighing over 300 pounds are ineligible to participate in Florida Sea Base High Adventures.
What To Bring
All of the items on the following "What to Bring List", except the pad and sleeping bag, should fit in a bag the size of a pillowcase. If you can't stuff it in a small bag, you have too much stuff!!
- 1 Set Class A or B uniforms
- Several T-shirts
- Lightweight rain gear
- Sunglasses with strap (Polarized are best)
- 1 pair tennis shoes (non marking soles)
- 16 oz of Non-Oily sunscreen (SPF 50+)
- 1-2 pairs of shorts
- Pants, long-sleeve shirt & light jacket (December & Spring only)
- Toiletry kit
- Wide brimmed hat
- 2 or 3 pair of Socks
- Large-mouth water bottle with plastic clip, (If you like coffee, a mug in addition is good)
- One sheet and warm blanket or a sleeping bag
- Sleeping pad ñ Backpacking type
- Swim trunks (boys) One piece suit (girls)
- 2 towels and a small pillow
- Bug spray
- Prescription Medication
- Proof of age/photo ID
- Copy of Medical Insurance information
- Hawaiian style shirt (Luau)
- Camera (waterproof if possible)
- Personal snorkel gear
- Extra money ($75-$100)
- Bonine (for seasickness)
- Skin so soft lotion
- (crew photo - $5.50 per copy)
Do Not Bring
- Walkman/MP3 player
NOTE: Make sure you can successfully pass the BSA Swim Test.
NOTE: Make sure your name is on the crew roster your leader is going to send us.
NOTE: Don't forget to bring a photocopy of front and back of insurance card.
Do not send mail. Sea Base offers programs to hundreds of Scouts on the sea, on the land, and on an island. We cannot deliver mail from home to Scouts unless it is mail of urgency, i.e. glasses, medicine, etc. left at home. In case of an extreme emergency, contact can be made with the following numbers: 305-664-4173 Days or 305-664-7766 Nights.