01/15/2012(Sun) - 1 DiveNo.420 - Jug Hole[Florida, USA]

Diver : Michael Clay
Dive Master :
Buddy : Class
D.Service : Geekdiver
Weather : Sunny
Temp. : 38 Fahrenheit
Ave.w.temp : 69 Fahrenheit
Min.w.temp : 69 Fahrenheit
Diving Suit : DUI Dry Suit
Inner Wear : T100
Weight : 0 Lbs
Tank Material : Steel 85s
Equipment :
S.I.Time : 18:39:00
Time In : 11:16:13
Time Out : 12:21:40
Dive Time : 01:05:30
Ave. Depth : 38 ft
Max. Depth : 74 ft
Safety Stop.Depth : 15 ft
Safety Stop.Time : 3 min
Tank Capacity : 170 Cu/Ft
Pres. In : 3800 PSI
Pres. Out. : 2900 PSI
Air Consum. : 7.2 Cu/Ft/Min
Visibility H. : 100 ft
Visibility V. : 100 ft
Water Cond. : Smooth
Access : Shore
Water Body : Spring
Tank Gas : Air Rating : *****
Dive Number : 420
Total Time : 344:26
Dive Type : Cave Dive

We talked about going to Madison, then Little River. We finally decided on Jug Hole. It had been a while since I had been there and it's only open a few months out of the year, so we took advantage of the timeing and went to Jug. The students were now certified, so this was a "fun" dive.

It was another cold morning. I found the combination on-line for the cart (to drag all of our gear from the parking lot to the spring - about 1/4 mile). My fingers were freezing as I attempted to open the lock. After trying for several minutes, I had Billy come and try it. After his unsuccessful attempts, we decided the combination posted on-line was incorrect. Billy attempted to call Kelly for the combination, but Kelly didn't answer. We called Amigo's and they were able to furnish the correct combination!

We got the cart, loaded it up and headed to the spring. Billy and I let the students drag the cart while we took pictures and talked. :-) We did help on the hills though. The spring was beautiful. We geared up and headed in.

The viz was great! The cavern was beautiful (as always). Once all of us had decended into the cavern, we hit the main line and started into the cave. We made it through the bedding plane, into the next room. Before the dive, Billy said we would go through the bedding plane but *not* to go through the Diamond Sand restriction. Before we knew it, we were at the Diamond Sand restriction. Since I was not Billy's student, I went ahead and popped through the restriction, looked around and turned. As I turned, I saw Joe coming through. I quickly swam up to him to make sure he made it through OK. After he got through, Victor started in. He got stuck and backed out. As I turned back to Joe, he signaled that he was at turning pressure. I told him to look around the room first, then we headed back out.

Once back in the cavern, it was picture time. Both Billy and I had brought our cameras. If you look at the profile, you can see that we played around in the cavern, taking pictures, from about 35min into the dive until we exited. We took turns swimming back and forth through the rays of sun getting our pictures taken. After thoroughly exploring the cavern and taking several hundred photos, we decided it was time to exit.

This was another awesome dive and one of my favorite sites!