02/05/2011(Sat) No.1 - Peacock Springs[Florida]

Diver : Michael Clay
Dive Master :
Buddy : Billy Fowler
D.Service :
Weather : Cloudy
Temp. : 64 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 : 11:38:00
Time Out : 12:58:00
Dive Time : 01:20:00
Ave.Depth : 51 ft
Max.Depth : 67 ft
Safety Stop.Depth : ft
Safety Stop.Time : min
Tank Capacity : 218 Cu/Ft
Pres. In : 3400 PSI
Pres. Out. : 2000 PSI
Air Consum. : .60 Cu/Ft/Min
Visibility H. : 40 ft
Visibility V. : 40 ft
Access1 : Shore
Access2 : Spring
Rating : ***
Dive Number : 385
Total Time : 317:45
Dive Type : Cave Dive

The objective of this dive was to take more pictures. I guess that was the objective of the weekend. :-P I was having fun! I have always enjoyed photography. As we were getting ready, Shirley was coming out with a class. We also saw Forrest Wilson getting out. He told us that he lost a piece of his camera equipment (a piece of heat shrink used to protect his fiber-optic cable) and told us to pick it up if we saw it during our dive.

As I was clipping everything on, I noticed that my dry suit inflator valve was leaking as I moved the hose around. I played around with it for a while, but could not get it to stop leaking, so I decided to disconnect after I hit depth, connecting it along the way if I needed air in my suit (of course feeling water come in each time). :-( I also noticed that I had forgotten my Citizen dive watch to record the dive. I was already geared up and didn't want to take everything back off, so I went without it this dive.

I waited for Billy to get into position while hanging just outside the entrance. Once I saw he was ready, I came in nice and slow. We worked our way down the crack, toward the Olsen line. Billy got in the crack and took pictures as I came through. Then Billy dropped through to catch me coming out of the crack. I flipped upside-down and came through on the ceiling, although it didn't really come out in the pictures.

We headed up the Olsen line, taking pictures along the way. We stopped at Pothole Sink and staged the three extra (slave) strobes we brought. Once the strobes were in place, I swam back and forth as Billy took pictures. Some of these turned out REAL cool!

We continued up to the Nicolson tunnel and took more pictures at that entrance. Then continued up the Olsen line. We got beyond the half way point, almost to the Peanut cross-over. Since we were moving slowly, stopping along the way to stage and take photos, we were nearing an hour of bottom time. I checked my guages and had plenty of gas, but we wanted to make a second dive (without having to go back and get fills), so I turned the dive.

As we got back to the cavern, I remembered the Linda had loaned me one of the new Intova hand-held lights. I pulled it out of my pocket and played around with it, comparing it to my 10 watt Dive Rite HID canister light. WOW! It was brighter! Gotta get me one (or two) of these as a backup light!!

By the time I got out, I was wet and cold from the leaking dry suit inflator valve. But we had (at least) one more dive to do!