01/13/2006(Fri) No.1 - Little River[Florida]

Diver : Michael Clay
Dive Master :
Buddy : Billy Fowler
D.Service :
Weather : Sunny
Temp. : 68 Fahrenheit
Ave.w.temp : 68 Fahrenheit
Min.w.temp : 62 Fahrenheit
Diving Suit : Dry Suit
Inner Wear : Polartec
Weight : 0 Lbs
Tank Material : Steel
Equipment : Cave Gear
S.I.Time : 00:00:00
Time In : 14:42:43
Time Out : 15:25:57
Dive Time : 00:43:15
Ave.Depth : 65 ft
Max.Depth : 102 ft
Safety Stop.Depth : 20 ft
Safety Stop.Time : 3 min
Tank Capacity : 216 Cu/Ft
Pres. In : 2900 PSI
Pres. Out. : 2200 PSI
Air Consum. : 5.7 Lbs/Min
Visibility H. : 100 ft
Visibility V. : 100 ft
Access1 : Shore
Access2 : Spring
Rating : ***
Dive Number : 155
Total Time : 120:15

Billy and I headed up to cave class and decided to get one more practice dive in before the class. Billy thought that he had about 2900 PSI of gas left in his tanks. When we got there we found only about 1700 PSI. We decided that if Billy took a stage bottle, and we followed the rule of "thirds" (turn the dive when you've used up 1/3 of your air), we would have enough gas for a safe dive.

Little River was flooded with tanic river water. The river water was about 10 degrees colder and dropped visibility to about 1 foot. Some other divers had already found the hole and run a line. Billy ran our line from the steps, OK'ing the other line till we got in. We hit clear water about 30ft. It felt like dropping into a jacuzzi! We dove till thirds, which was about at the carousel (first "T") and returned. It was a short dive, but fun, and it gave us a chance to get comfortable again before hitting the water tomorrow with John Jones (our instructor).

After the dive, we went to Cave Excursions to fill our tanks. We just happened to run into John there filling his rebreather bottles. We asked him where we were headed tomorrow and he said we'd discuss tomorrow. We suggested Little River and he agreed to meet us there in the morning.