10/02/2010(Sat) No.1 - Tanner[Florida]

Diver : Michael Clay
Dive Master :
Buddy : Billy Fowler
D.Service :
Weather : Sunny
Temp. : 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 : Cave Gear
S.I.Time : 00:00:00
Time In : 12:30:43
Time Out : 14:12:28
Dive Time : 01:41:45
Ave.Depth : 35 ft
Max.Depth : 67 ft
Safety Stop.Depth : ft
Safety Stop.Time : min
Tank Capacity : 218 Cu/Ft
Pres. In : 3400 PSI
Pres. Out. : 2200 PSI
Air Consum. : .71 Cu/Ft/min
Visibility H. : 12 ft
Visibility V. : 12 ft
Access1 : Shore
Access2 : Spring
Rating : ****
Dive Number : 381
Total Time : 311:19
Dive Type : Cave Dive

This was another river cave that Billy wanted to lay line in. We took the canoe, found the landmark, tied off and headed in.

There was a lot of flow coming out of this cave! Billy had some 1/4 inch line from Joe that we were running. Visibility in this cave was only about 10 - 12 feet. If was difficult to run line since we were "feeling" our way through the cave. We followed the right wall. Each time Billy tied off, I placed a survey marker. There were a couple of spots where we could not tell where the cave was going since we could not really see the cave. After swimming around for a while, we finally felt the cold water and flow and were able to find the passage.

This cool passage went down a sand hill at about 45 degrees. We went from about 30 feet to about 60 feet. Again, we saw tons of old line fragments flopping around in the flow or buried under sand or breakdown. Good thing we were running our own!

I gave Billy the last survey marker. I was almost at thirds. I followed Billy a little further, then signaled to him that I was turning. We had been going in for 66 minutes according to my computer. Billy hesitated for a minute, not sure if he was going to exit with me or continue on. Finally he decided to continue a bit further.

I started out alone. I really didn't want to hang out at the boat and be bored, so I took my time and checked things out along the way. The cave was really craggily with sharp edges and red limestone. It had great characteristics and was very interesting to look at. Within 15 minutes of turning, I noticed something shiny in front of me. It was my O2 bottle, I had made it back to the entrance. Wow! That was too fast! I headed back in since I wasn't ready to exit yet. Looked around a few minutes more, then slowly worked my way back out.

I got back to the canoe and started gearing down. In about 4 minutes, Billy surfaced. He said that he didn't want me to have to hang out alone for too long. That worked out perfect! Another nice dive!!