9/9/2006(Sat) No.3 - Alexander Springs[Florida]

Diver : Michael Clay
Dive Master :
Buddy : Billy Fowler
D.Service :
Weather : Sunny
Temp. : 92 Fahrenheit
Ave.w.temp : 72 Fahrenheit
Min.w.temp : 72 Fahrenheit
Diving Suit : 5mm Full Wetsuit
Inner Wear : Bathing Suit
Weight : 10 Lbs
Tank Material : Aluminum
Equipment :
S.I.Time : 00:36:00
Time In : 14:29:48
Time Out : 14:56:19
Dive Time : 00:26:35
Ave.Depth : 21 ft
Max.Depth : 28 ft
Safety Stop.Depth : ft
Safety Stop.Time : min
Tank Capacity : 80 Cu/Ft
Pres. In : 3000 PSI
Pres. Out. : 2200 PSI
Air Consum. : 19.08 Lbs/Min
Visibility H. : 60 ft
Visibility V. : 60 ft
Access1 : Shore
Access2 : Spring
Rating : *****
Dive Number : 203
Total Time : 171:46

We finished the class and the students all left. Billy and I grabbed a stage bottle and reg and headed back in, no-mount! Since Billy was already familiar with this spring, he went through the passages first and I followed. As we exited the second passage, by the source, the sand was stirred up so bad, I couldn't see a thing and had to feel my way out. We tried climbing into the source but the current was way too strong. My mask was taking on water and the reg was all but out of my mouth. We circled around and headed back into the middle entrance, went to the right and headed for the small room in the corner. Billy poked his head in and backed out. I headed over, looked in, felt comfortable and climbed my way in. There was just enough room to squeeze in (exhaling to get past my weight belt) and pull myself in. Once in the room, I was able to drop my feet into a channel feeding up from the bottom, bend by body back, and climb out head first. It was really cool! Can't wait to get my side-mount rig set up and do more of this stuff!