Re: Sea Base
Warren Williams (Warren2248@AOL.COM)
Wed, 2 Aug 1995 14:14:49 -0400
In a message "Sea Base" dated 95-08-02, talbott@OASYS.DT.NAVY.MIL (Walter
>Will be going to Sea Base Out Island June 1996. Live in the Annapolis
>Md. area. Would like to hear from those that have participated in the
>Out Island program (ie.. do you have to bring your own snorkeling gear
>or is it provided...daily iternary...) Also drive/fly ... schuttle service
>... other transportation issues.
We've went on the Out Island Adventure a few years ago, and have since done
the Coral Reef Sailing, and will go back for another sailing trip next summer
(1996). Sea Base provides snorkeling gear, but it is not the best equipment
and is heavily used, so if you have your own, bring it. You don't need to go
out and buy gear unless you plan to use it regularly after the trip, though.
You spend 3 nights at Camp Sawyer (near Big Pine Key), which is just off Hwy
1. During that time we spent one day sailing and another day snorkeling.
The following day we were shuttled to the Out Island (Big Munson Island),
and spent the rest of that day snorkeling and exploring the island. We spent
three nights on the island, one full day fishing and snorkeling off one of
the power boats, and another day canoeing, exploring, and snorkeling from the
canoes. (There are 4 crews on the island and 2 boats, so you take turns
using the boats.) On Day 7 we were shuttled back to Camp Sawyer and from
there up to the Sea Base, where we spent the last night.
We flew into Miami and rented two full-size vans (for 16 people) so we could
do some touring on our own before and after the trip. I understand there is
a shuttle service that will take you to the Sea Base, then the Sea Base
people will take you to/from Camp Sawyer in one of their vans. Sea Base is
about a two hour drive from the Miami airport.
>Also as anyone done either the Bahamas Adventure or Keys Adventure or
>Coral Reef Sailing? What did you think?
We had a wonderful time on both the Out Island Adventure and the Coral Reef
Sailing programs. The Sea Base staff is great. They're all friendly and
extremely "laid back." There is no set schedule that you have to follow,
just do what you want to do when you want to. The only limits are safety,
weather, and availability of the boats. You have a program staff member
assigned to you for the entire trip, and they help you come up with things to
do when you run out of ideas.
Assistant Scoutmaster/High Adventure, BSA Troop 18
Andrew Jackson Council
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City