8/5/2007(Sun) No.1 - Spiegel Grove[Florida]

Diver : Michael Clay
Dive Master :
Buddy : Rocky Raby
D.Service :
Weather : Sunny
Temp. : 92 Fahrenheit
Ave.w.temp : 82 Fahrenheit
Min.w.temp : 82 Fahrenheit
Diving Suit : 3mm Shorty
Inner Wear : Bathing Suit
Weight : 10 Lbs
Tank Material : Steel
Equipment :
S.I.Time : 21:28:00
Time In : 09:48:42
Time Out : 10:30:30
Dive Time : 00:41:50
Ave.Depth : 78 ft
Max.Depth : 117 ft
Safety Stop.Depth : 15 ft
Safety Stop.Time : 5 min
Tank Capacity : 85 Cu/Ft
Pres. In : 2800 PSI
Pres. Out. : 500 PSI
Air Consum. : 17.95 Lbs/Min
Visibility H. : 60 ft
Visibility V. : 60 ft
Access1 : Boat
Access2 : Ocean
Rating : ***
Dive Number : 262
Total Time : 218:26

I really wanted to do the Spiegel while I was in the Keys and finally got to do so. This was the only "advanced" dive I got to do while out here. We dropped down the line to the ship. It was kind of cool and erie at the same time. We went over the edge of the ship and dropped to the ocean floor. I noticed that the floor was very flat. Then I saw a hole in the ground shaped like an X. This wasn't the ocean floor, it was just a lower level to the ship! The ship is huge! We swam along it, checking out all the nooks and crannies along the way. We did a small swim-through. After a while, I checked Rocky's air. He had 1500 PSI left. I wanted to take my time during our ascent so I signalled him to turn around. He signalled that he wanted to look over the next tower so I followed. After we checked it out, we turned and headed back. The current was very strong. We had to swim low and/or hold on to not get blown off. We came toward a part of the boat with an ascent line rising off it. I looked at Rocky and, at the same time, we both pointed to another part of the ship where we though *our* ascent line should be. We swam in that direction and quickly found *our* ascent line. I stopped to check Rocky's air again. He was now down to 200 PSI!! We had been deep for quite a while and I wanted to make a very slow ascent. I knew that the boat crew would freak out if we surfaced while sharing air so I handed Rocky my octopus (see photos). He shook his head "no" and I shook my head "yes". :-) He took it and we began a slow, controlled ascent, stopping at half of our max depth for a couple minutes then making a 5 minute saftey stop. We switched Rocky back to his regulator right before breaking surface so it appeared as if everything was OK. I didn't notice that my computer had switched to a mandatory deco stop at 10ft, since we went from our safety stop, directly to the surface. I wasn't too worried since we took a long time on our ascent. When we broke surface, the boat crew was sitting on the edge, watching for us.

Back on the boat, *everyone* came up to us and asked how we were able to stay down so long and what gas we were breathing. We told them that we were breathing air and they couldn't believe it. We told them that when you don't breath, your body doesn't absorb nitrogen. :-P It was lots of fun!!



Flag on Lookout Rocky on my Reg Torn Flag
Flag on Lookout Rocky on my Reg Torn Flag