04/08/2006(Sat) No.2 - Telford Springs[Florida]

Diver : Michael Clay
Dive Master :
Buddy : Jay Titen
D.Service :
Weather : Part. Sunny
Temp. : 80 Fahrenheit
Ave.w.temp : 68 Fahrenheit
Min.w.temp : 68 Fahrenheit
Diving Suit : Dry Suit
Inner Wear : Polartec
Weight : 0 Lbs
Tank Material : Steel
Equipment : Cave Gear
S.I.Time : 03:40:00
Time In : 15:52:53
Time Out : 17:18:39
Dive Time : 01:25:50
Ave.Depth : 40 ft
Max.Depth : 70 ft
Safety Stop.Depth : ft
Safety Stop.Time : min
Tank Capacity : 294 Cu/Ft
Pres. In : 3600 PSI
Pres. Out. : 2300 PSI
Air Consum. : 1.02 Cu Ft/Min
Visibility H. : 30 ft
Visibility V. : 30 ft
Access1 : Shore
Access2 : Spring
Rating : ***
Dive Number : 175
Total Time : 144:22

On this dive, we wanted to make it in past "Spooky Rock". There was quite a bit of current. I watched Jay fight it for a bit then signalled him and told him to drop to the floor and pull-and-glide in the sand. We went back through "Rolaids" and passed "Spooky Rock" and kept going for another 4-500 ft. The floor was covered with thick, fine silt. We were almost affriad to turn around for fear that we'd silt it up. The line ran in a line trap under the edge, against the wall. We'd be swimming in mud if we had to follow it out. We went through a little "S" curve with a slight duck-under. Jay kicked up a little silt and it made me nervous. I warned him that he was silting and we decided that this would be a good point to turn. We were 38min in, I had 2900psi left in my tanks and Jay had 2800psi.

We took our time again on the way out, exploring other passages. Jay signalled me at the "cookie" on the line and went over to check out a potential passage in the silty rocks. As he turned around to come back out, he silted it up bad. He didn't realize it since his back was now to the silt. He signaled me to go in and check it out. I signaled to him, "check out what?!" and motioned to all the silt he had stirred up. It was funny! I waited a moment, the silt started to clear and I went in to check it out. There was another line in there. I guess we'll have to go back and check it out some time.

As we got back toward the second sink, we came upon another diver. He stopped at a corner and waited for us to pass by. There was no place to pass because of where he had stopped so we had to head over to the sand, swimming by with our tanks bouncing off the ceiling and our bellies in the sand. As we came around the corner, we saw that there were four of them total. On the way out we noticed that they had left O2 bottles on the line. Funny! Bringing O2 to a 40 ft dive :-P Jay and I also hit the last jump on the way out. It's silty and nasty. It was the same jump Billy and I took a while back. It's also a siphon. Jay didn't like the idea of getting sucked into the silt. Can't say that I blame him. I took one last look around the next corner and we turned and headed out.

Saw a lot of stuff this dive. Took our time and had a really good overall dive.