8/26/2006(Sat) No.1 - Ginnie Springs[Florida]

Diver : Michael Clay
Dive Master :
Buddy : Billy Fowler
D.Service :
Weather : Sunny
Temp. : 88 Fahrenheit
Ave.w.temp : 70 Fahrenheit
Min.w.temp : 70 Fahrenheit
Diving Suit : Dry Suit
Inner Wear : Polartec
Weight : 0 Lbs
Tank Material : Steel
Equipment : Camera
S.I.Time : 00:00:00
Time In : 10:37:41
Time Out : 12:45:09
Dive Time : 02:07:10
Ave.Depth : 64 ft
Max.Depth : 99 ft
Safety Stop.Depth : ft
Safety Stop.Time : min
Tank Capacity : 294 Cu/Ft
Pres. In : 3600 PSI
Pres. Out. : 1500 PSI
Air Consum. : .66 CuFt/Min
Visibility H. : 80 ft
Visibility V. : 80 ft
Access1 : Shore
Access2 : Spring
Rating : *****
Dive Number : 197
Total Time : 167:32

This was an awesome dive! Billy had his scooter. We met in the breakdown room. I clipped onto Billy and he slowly but surely started dragging me in. He unclipped me while he went through The Lips and Keyhole and we met back at Park Bench. While I was getting my bearings, another diver passed me. He got to Billy first and Billy thought it was me until he saw his Oxycheck wing. :-)

We scootered up to the Insulation Rooms which is about 2,000 ft up the main line. There we dropped the stages and clipped them and the scooter to the line and headed for the Insulation Tunnels. The ride up was kind of surreal. I could only see shadows and small blocks of light from behind Billy. I was relaxed, just going along for the ride. As we switched to back gas and started off on our own, I was hit with the reality that I was now 2,000 ft back in a cave, kicking on my own. I signaled Billy to stop while I took a breath. I looked at my SPG, saw that I had 3,500 PSI in my doubles. The calm came back and I didn't think twice about it the rest of the day.

We did a circuit through the Insulation Rooms and back out to the main line. From there we headed back to Maple Leaf and made a left down the Bone line. Billy let me drive the scooter while he swam. He signaled me that it was OK to shoot back and forth, up and down the tunnel. I played around until I got the feel of the scooter and had figured out how to steer it. I had lots of fun! It really made me want one. Nancy still says "No!" :-)

We stopped by the entrance to the Wonder Tunnel on the way out. Billy pointed it out to me. We then headed for the exit, picking up our O2 bottles along the way.


Insulation Room Insulation Tunnel Stage/Scooter Pickup
Insulation Room Insulation Tunnel Stage/Scooter Pickup