06/11/2011(Sat) No.2 - Potts Springs[Florida]

Diver : Michael Clay
Dive Master :
Buddy : Billy Fowler
D.Service :
Weather : Sunny
Temp. : 84 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 : 01:30:00
Time In : 13:21:00
Time Out : 14:07:00
Dive Time : 00:46:00
Ave.Depth : 41 ft
Max.Depth : 64 ft
Safety Stop.Depth : 20 ft
Safety Stop.Time : 03 min
Tank Capacity : 148 Cu/Ft
Pres. In : 2300 PSI
Pres. Out. : 1600 PSI
Air Consum. : .79 PSI
Visibility H. : 60 ft
Visibility V. : 60 ft
Access1 : Shore
Access2 : Spring
Rating : ****
Dive Number : 402
Total Time : 330:44
Dive Type : Cave Dive

Billy suggested Potts because it is close to Madison and I had never been there. This is a beautiful spring! Since it was later in the day now, the locals were out swimming. However, still no divers! As we geared up and prepared for our dive, the locals were asking us all kinds of questions, especially the kids! Right before we began out descent, the kids asked us how long we were going to stay down. We told them, probably about 45 minutes. The kids said they'd wait for us. The adults laughed and so did we.

Billy dropped in first and got ready to shoot some photos. I dropped in behind him. He took pictures of me making my way through the restriction, then I lead the dive from there. As we started down the spiral cave passage, I saw a fresh water eel and pointed it out to Billy. He took a couple photos.

This cave was much siltier than Madison, but for the most part, we did a good job of staying of the floor and vis remained good. After travelling deeper into the cave for about 20 min, Billy signalled that it was time to turn. I was in a tight passage. I acknowledged his signal and continued to a point that opened enough for me to safely make my turn.

As I came out of that small tunnel I saw a big silt cloud. I figured that Billy probably found something to take a picture of while I was making my turn. I waited a minute for the silt to clear, but that didn't help. I made sure I could see the line and started through it. As I came out on the other side, I saw a big albino crayfish walking along the floor. That must be what Billy was photographing. :-)

On the way back out, we saw a couple of empty turtle shells. These turtles must have made their way into the cave and not been able to find their way back out. Being that there is absolutely no light in these caves, there aren't many animals that can actually live in them.

We got to the exit, I picked up the reel and we slowly worked our way out. As we broke the surface, the strangest thing... about 20 or so locals saw us an applauded. I can safely say that I have never gotten a standing ovation after the successful completion of a dive and probably never will again! :-P