2/28/2010(Sun) No.1 - Madachuck[Florida]

Diver : Michael Clay
Dive Master :
Buddy : Billy, Joe
D.Service :
Weather : Sunny
Temp. : 60 Fahrenheit
Ave.w.temp : 66 Fahrenheit
Min.w.temp : 50 Fahrenheit
Diving Suit : Dry Suit
Inner Wear : Polartec
Weight : 0 Lbs
Tank Material : Steel 85's
Equipment : Cave Gear
S.I.Time : 19:19:00
Time In : 12:13:54
Time Out : 13:15:20
Dive Time : 01:01:30
Ave.Depth : 26 ft
Max.Depth : 42 ft
Safety Stop.Depth : ft
Safety Stop.Time : min
Tank Capacity : 232 Cu/Ft
Pres. In : 3600 PSI
Pres. Out. : 2900 PSI
Air Consum. : .94 PSI
Visibility H. : 60 ft
Visibility V. : 60 ft
Access1 : Shore
Access2 : Spring
Rating : ***
Dive Number : 358
Total Time : 294:58
Dive Type : Cave Dive

We had our tanks filled last night. We checked out of the hotel and headed directly for the Chipola River. We got the canoe off Billy's van, put it in the water and prodeded to load the gear and gear up. We carefully got into the canoe, pushed off and slowly headed up stream. With three of us and all of our gear, we were right at the capacity limit of the canoe. Every time someone breathed, we tipped and were sure we were going in! Billy and I had dry suits. Joe was in a wet suit.

We made it safely to our destination and tied the canoe to a tree. We weren't 100% sure if this was the right location so Billy volunteered to go in first and come back to let us know. The ground was covered in very slippery mud. We had to be very careful as we unloaded the canoe. Every time we touched the water and felt the burning cold, Joe had to remind us that we do this for fun. :-) Billy came back and confirmed that we were in the right spot. Since we were all diving side-mount, we had to gear up in the freezing, cold water. We quickly geared up and followed the line Billy ran, to the cave entrance. My ears were burning from the cold water. As I dipped down toward the cave entrance, I felt the warm spring water flowing out. In contrast, it felt like a jacuzzi! So nice!

This cave had great characteristics! It reminded me a lot of Cow. Billy followed us with the camera and took lots of pictures. He had to keep yelling at us and reminding us that we needed to pose from time to time to have our picture taken. We therefore, stopped several times along the way for "photo opportunities". :-) With the additional bulk of the camera and all the stopping for pictures, about 1,000 feet or so into the cave, Billy hit thirds, signalled us, and we turned the dive. When we got back to the main cavern, we played around, taking more pictures and looking into every nook and cranny. After thoroughly examining the cavern, we took a deep breath and headed out the exit, toward the canoe. We we hit the cold river water again, we swam even faster to get out! Joe came up and said the water was so cold, it gave him brain freeze! :-P Look at that ascent line on the graph below. I don't think I've ever seen one so verticle!! LOL

This was another awesome dive and one of my new favorites!