5/6/2006(Sat) No.1 - Madison Blue Springs[Florida]

Diver : Michael Clay
Dive Master :
Buddy : Billy Fowler, Jay Titen, Joe Tegg
D.Service :
Weather : Sunny
Temp. : 82 Fahrenheit
Ave.w.temp : 67 Fahrenheit
Min.w.temp : 67 Fahrenheit
Diving Suit : Dry Suit
Inner Wear : Polartec
Weight : 0 Lbs
Tank Material : Steel
Equipment : Camera
S.I.Time : 14:08:00
Time In : 10:05:22
Time Out : 11:37:56
Dive Time : 01:32:35
Ave.Depth : 50 ft
Max.Depth : 80 ft
Safety Stop.Depth : 18 ft
Safety Stop.Time : 3 min
Tank Capacity : 286 Cu/Ft
Pres. In : 3500 PSI
Pres. Out. : 2100 PSI
Air Consum. : .73 Lbs/Min
Visibility H. : 100 ft
Visibility V. : 100 ft
Access1 : Shore
Access2 : Spring
Rating : ****
Dive Number : 182
Total Time : 152:30

I love Madison Blue! Beautiful cave system. Our goal was to go up main line until we hit thirds then swing through the "Godzilla Room" circuit on the way out. On the way in, Billy tied into the jump he thought was for the Godzilla Room and followed some of the passage. It got very tight very quick. This wasn't it. He pulled the spool and we headed up main line. We got probably 1400-1500ft up and turned. On the way back, Joe wanted to squeeze through the "Half Hitch" bypass. Billy wasn't too happy. We let him go on ahead. After Joe squoze through, Jay sent me forward so he could try it and I would be there to pull him through if he needed it. He went through pretty easily. We checked out another jump on the way out that looked like it let to "Martz Sink". We got back to the Godzilla Room jump (2 jumps) and took the "not so tight" passage. Billy was low on gas so he waited on the main line while we went in. Jay and I headed in. We saw lots of jumps and went way back. I didn't remember all those jumps although the tunnel looked familiar. We dropped into this big room (I think it was the "Banana Room" and met Joe there coming from the other direction. We turned and headed back thinking we were in the wrong tunnel. Later, Joe told us that he was on the way out of the Godzilla Room. Doh! When we got back to the cavern we goofed around. There's really good flow there so Joe and Billy were silting it up, watching the flow carry the silt out the Rabbit Hole.

After we exited, as usual, we played in the basin, floating out the exit to the Withlacoochee River and jumping off the platform into the basin. Lots of fun!