5/1/2010(Sat) No.1 - Devil's Den[Florida]

Diver : Michael Clay
Dive Master :
Buddy : David Couch
D.Service :
Weather : Sunny
Temp. : 84 Fahrenheit
Ave.w.temp : 70 Fahrenheit
Min.w.temp : 70 Fahrenheit
Diving Suit : Dry Suit
Inner Wear : Polartec
Weight : 14 Lbs
Tank Material : Steel 100
Equipment :
S.I.Time : 19:26:00
Time In : 10:49:33
Time Out : 12:05:40
Dive Time : 01:11:35
Ave.Depth : 24 ft
Max.Depth : 48 ft
Safety Stop.Depth : ft
Safety Stop.Time : min
Tank Capacity : 100 Cu/Ft
Pres. In : 3400 PSI
Pres. Out. : 1900 PSI
Air Consum. : 13.1 PSI
Visibility H. : 60 ft
Visibility V. : 60 ft
Access1 : Shore
Access2 : Spring
Rating : ***
Dive Number : 365
Total Time : 301:13
Dive Type : Plain Old Dive

David and I have been trying to put together another dive for some time now. I just went diving yesterday, but was happy to go again today. As we discussed the location, several dive sites came up, but we settled on Devil.s Den as neither of us had been there before. We headed up to Williston, stopping at the Hardee's for breakfast (as usual). I had seen the signs for Devil's Den on previous trips to Blue Grotto, but since I had never actually been to the site, I was hoping that I would be able to find it. We turned off 27 onto the road with the Devil's Den sign. After following it for about a half mile, we found the entrance. We followed the signs around to the office to check in. Once checked in, we drove around, dropped off the gear, parked back at the office and went back in for our dive briefing.

We geared up and headed down into the sink. Awesome looking place!! Dry cave entrance, down the steps into the ground where the beautiful blue wet sink begins. We got out onto one of the shallow platforms at the end of the steps and got ready to dive. We decided to go to the wall and work our way around the perimeter. David was having difficulty descending because he didn't have enough weight to sink his new 7mm suit. I grabbed the two 1 pounders in each of my pockets and put them into his BC pockets. With the additional 4 pounds, he was able to descend.

We worked our way around the perimeter, looking into the cave entrances that were barred off. We found several locations where one could slip through, into the cave, if they so desired. I slipped through one, just to see if I'd fit. We went through just about every swim-through we could find, including a couple of tight ones. We found a big air pocket in this one spot. I signaled David to come over. We swam up into it and poked our heads out and looked around.

About half way around the cavern, we went to the surface and switched fins. David seemed to be having a tough time swimming without the use of his hands. I figured, if he had stiffer fins, he may have a little better control. We went back down and continued around the remainder of the cavern. He seemed to be doing better with my fins, although this time he was having trouble with his mask fogging up and couldn.t see anything.

We completed our trip around the cavern. We stopped on one of the dive platforms and practiced buoyancy a little more. Having spent more than an hour in the water, we had seen most everything and David was down to about 800 PSI. I asked if he wanted to exit and he said sure. We worked our way up to one of the less populated platforms as there were many snorkelers in the water now. They moved out of the way as we came up so we were able to comfortably sit down, remove our fins and talk about the dive. After resting a few minutes, we made our way up the stairs and finished things up.

This was a very nice dive! I really enjoyed the cavern as there was a lot to look at and several places to do swim-throughs.