10/16/2009(Fri) No.1 - Orange Grove[Florida]

Diver : Michael Clay
Dive Master :
Buddy : David Couch
D.Service :
Weather : Cloudy
Temp. : 80 Fahrenheit
Ave.w.temp : 69 Fahrenheit
Min.w.temp : 69 Fahrenheit
Diving Suit : Dry Suit
Inner Wear : Polartec
Weight : 0 Lbs
Tank Material : Steel 85's
Equipment : Camera
S.I.Time : 00:00:00
Time In : 11:40:19
Time Out : 12:22:31
Dive Time : 00:42:15
Ave.Depth : 53 ft
Max.Depth : 67 ft
Safety Stop.Depth : ft
Safety Stop.Time : min
Tank Capacity : 225 Cu/Ft
Pres. In : 3500 PSI
Pres. Out. : 2900 PSI
Air Consum. : .57 PSI
Visibility H. : 60 ft
Visibility V. : 60 ft
Access1 : Shore
Access2 : Spring
Rating : ***
Dive Number : 351
Total Time : 288:29
Dive Type : Cave

We were warned at the dive shop that Orange Grove had messed up vis down about 25ft or so. I still thought it would be a nice dive for Dave. We cleared the duck weed off the surface and geared up. Sure enough, the water was tannic to the bottom of the basin but cleared up at about the trees. Even tannic, the vis was about 10ft, so it really wasn't that bad. We hit the clear water and felt the temp drop by about 3 degrees. Burrrr.

I was letting Dave run the reel so he could learn how. We went straight in and I realized that the cavern entrance was not where I thought it was. :-) I took the reel from David and looked to the left, then to the right and found it. We went back to the sign and tied off on the main line. The sign had broken loose at the bottom and floated upside-down. Dave tried to stick it back where it belonged. We goofed around for a bit, then grabbed the reel and started to head back.

I felt like I was floating sideways the whole time. I felt around and found that my wing had come loose and was sticking out on the left. I pointed it out to Dave and he helped me tuck it back in. That made things better but it wasn't completely fixed. I would have to re-work it when we got out. We swam around a bit more. I showed Dave the entrance to Lower Orange Grove. We grabbed the reel and made a nice, slow ascent.