06/26/2010(Sat) No.2 - Hudson Grotto[Florida]

Diver : Michael Clay
Dive Master :
Buddy : Class
D.Service :
Weather : Sunny
Temp. : 92 Fahrenheit
Ave.w.temp : 76 Fahrenheit
Min.w.temp : 64 Fahrenheit
Diving Suit : Dry Suit
Inner Wear : Polartec
Weight : 18 Lbs
Tank Material : Steel 100
Equipment :
S.I.Time : 01:07:00
Time In : 12:37:51
Time Out : 13:21:03
Dive Time : 00:38:40
Ave.Depth : 50 ft
Max.Depth : 105 ft
Safety Stop.Depth : ft
Safety Stop.Time : min
Tank Capacity : 100 Cu/Ft
Pres. In : 3400 PSI
Pres. Out. : 2300 PSI
Air Consum. : 11.58 PSI
Visibility H. : 12 ft
Visibility V. : 12 ft
Access1 : Shore
Access2 : Spring
Rating : ***
Dive Number : 377
Total Time : 307:12
Dive Type : AOW Class

This was their deep dive or low visibility/night dive. Once you get beyond about 45ft, it gets pitch black. I warned them that it would be cold in the middle, but warm once we got to the bottom.

We let Stephen go first since he usually has difficulty clearing his ears. He dropped pretty quickly and Heather and I had to speed up to keep up with him. Heather's light stopped working along the way, so handed her one of my lights. We caught back up with Stephen and hit the platform at the bottom. We played Rock, Paper, Sissors for a few minutes and everyone did very well and had a good time. We looked around under the platform and saw the lines that lead you to the sunken objects. As we headed toward the boat, Heather signaled that she was not comfortable. I got her back on the platform and asked if she was OK. She was, so I asked her to hold while Stephen and I looked at the boat (which was very close). She watched from the platform.

After looking at the boat, Stephen and I worked our way around the platform. Heather watched from above. I showed them the rubber bat hanging on the line. Heather motioned that she was still uncomfortable and wanted to surface. I tried to get her to focus on other things by starting another game of Rock, Paper, Sissors. We played for a few more minutes but she still wanted to surface.

We started a slow ascent. We played around just off the ascent/descent line. We did our safety stop. As we surfaced, I remembered that I had left my lift bag tied to the 45ft platform. I told Heather and Stephen that I was headed back down to get it. Both of them wanted to follow along.

We swam over to the lift bag and followed its line down. We did another slow ascent while reeling up the lift bag.

I enjoyed this dive. I think it was a little scary for Heather and Stephen, but that's what the Advanced class is all about. Now they will be a little more comfortable in not-so-optimal conditions. :-)