04/22/2006(Sat) No.2 - Orange Grove[Florida]

Diver : Michael Clay
Dive Master :
Buddy : Billy Fowler
D.Service :
Weather : Rainy
Temp. : 76 Fahrenheit
Ave.w.temp : 69 Fahrenheit
Min.w.temp : 69 Fahrenheit
Diving Suit : Dry Suit
Inner Wear : Polartec
Weight : 0 Lbs
Tank Material : Steel
Equipment : Cave Gear
S.I.Time : 02:47:00
Time In : 14:14:30
Time Out : 15:43:22
Dive Time : 01:28:10
Ave.Depth : 48 ft
Max.Depth : 103 ft
Safety Stop.Depth : ft
Safety Stop.Time : min
Tank Capacity : 294 Cu/Ft
Pres. In : 3600 PSI
Pres. Out. : 2300 PSI
Air Consum. : .83 Lbs/Min
Visibility H. : 60 ft
Visibility V. : 60 ft
Access1 : Shore
Access2 : Spring
Rating : ****
Dive Number : 178
Total Time : 148:18

We wanted to do something different so we decided to take Orange Grove to "The Distance Tunnel". Jay had his wing inflator hose come apart as we first started down. We came back to the surface with him. Looked like he would need parts to fix it so he had to call this dive too. Billy and I went on without him Rob told us that the jump was at the middle marker (double arrows pointing in different directions) between Orange and Challenge. We got to it and Billy tied off. I looked around and there was no jump. I motioned to Billy that we needed to keep going. He held his spool and went searching. He didn't find anything, untied his spool and we went a little further. About another 100ft we saw the jump. We got way up in the tunnel, past a bunch of Peacock Survey tags on the line. The floor was pretty silty and I saw piles of silt on the ceiling. I figured that our bubbles would knock that down and cause vis problems on the way out but I kept looking behind me and vis was still good. We got back to a point where I would need to scrape the silty bottom to continue so Billy turned us around. On the way out, the vis was about half what it was on the way in. I *knew* our bubbles were going to cause us problems! I guess it's time for a rebreather. :-P

We took our time getting out. We checked out a big dome room, then when we got to the cavern, we decided to drop into the lower portion and snoop around. Found this part that dropped to about 105ft. Inside, it looked like, if you could take off a tank, you could probably squeeze through into a pretty big room. It probably connects to "Lower Orange". Another good dive!