04/16/2010(Fri) No.1 - Hospital Hole[Florida]

Diver : Michael Clay
Dive Master :
Buddy : Class
D.Service :
Weather : Partly Coudy
Temp. : 76 Fahrenheit
Ave.w.temp : 73 Fahrenheit
Min.w.temp : 72 Fahrenheit
Diving Suit : 3/6mm Long
Inner Wear : Bathing Suit
Weight : 14 Lbs
Tank Material : Steel 100
Equipment :
S.I.Time : 00:00:00
Time In : 10:42:20
Time Out : 11:27:56
Dive Time : 00:45:40
Ave.Depth : 51 ft
Max.Depth : 95 ft
Safety Stop.Depth : ft
Safety Stop.Time : min
Tank Capacity : 100 Cu/Ft
Pres. In : 3500 PSI
Pres. Out. : 2400 PSI
Air Consum. : 9.78 PSI
Visibility H. : 12 ft
Visibility V. : 12 ft
Access1 : Shore
Access2 : Spring
Rating : ***
Dive Number : 360
Total Time : 296:34
Dive Type : AOW Class

I have been wanting to get back to Hospital Hole for a while now. So, when Joe invited me to help out with his AOW class at Hospital Hole, I was all over it! :-) We took Joe's new Carolina Skiff, entered at the park and headed up the river to the dive site. Allan forgot his new wet suit, so this promised to be a fun dive!! :-P

At the dive site, we through our gear in the water and hopped in. I swam out with the float and dropped our ascent/descent line. Joe asked me to buddy up with Allan (him being the least comfortable of the three students). We hung out on the surface while Joe and his team started their descent. Once they got a ways down, we followed. We got down to about 35 ft and found Joe's team stopped. It looked like Jason was having trouble. They decided to head back to the surface, so Allan and I passed them and kept going.

We got to the hydrogen sulfide layer at about 70 ft. It wasn't as defined as I have seen it in the past. I pointed it out to Allan. I asked if he was OK. When he signaled that he was, we dropped down into the darkness. Below the hydrogen sulfide layer it got real dark, real quick. We went to the bottom of our descent line and stopped. There was a lot of particulate in the water and visibility was pretty bad. I could tell that we weren't making it any better. :-) We looked around a bit. I felt something pointed and sharp on the bottom. I grabbed Allan's hand and placed it on the object so he would know it was there and wouldn't accidentally skewer himself.

Visibility continued to worsen. :-) I decided it was time to start heading up. I signaled to Allan and we headed back up to the hydrogen sulfide layer. Above that, we wondered over to the wall and I pointed out the graffiti. I asked Allan to tell me his tank pressure. He replied that he was at 1700 PSI. I knew we wanted to make a second dive and wasn't sure if everyone had a second tank, so we slowly headed to the surface.

Once on the surface, Allan and I talked a litle about what we had seen. I asked if he had a second tank. When he replied, "yes", I asked if he wanted to head back down and burn the rest of this tank. He said, "sure", so we dropped back down to the sulfide layer. As we swam around, looking at the graffiti, we ran into Joe's team. We watched them and looked around a bit more. We found one solution tube. I asked Allan if he wanted to go into it. He quickly responded, "NO" and asked if I wanted to. Since I was in my OW rig, I declined and we worked our way back to the surface.

This was a nice dive! Allan did a great job!