04/06/2012(Fri) - 1 DiveNo.422 - Blue Grotto[Florida, USA]

Diver : Michael Clay
Dive Master :
Buddy : Rhonda Childress
D.Service : Geekdiver
Weather : Sunny
Temp. : 86 Fahrenheit
Ave.w.temp : 70 Fahrenheit
Min.w.temp : 70 Fahrenheit
Diving Suit : DUI Dry Suit
Inner Wear : T100
Weight : 0 Lbs
Tank Material : Steel 100
Equipment :
S.I.Time :
Time In : 10:25:47
Time Out : 11:07:07
Dive Time : 00:41:20
Ave. Depth : 38 ft
Max. Depth : 87 ft
Safety Stop.Depth : ft
Safety Stop.Time : min
Tank Capacity : 100 Cu/Ft
Pres. In : 3400 PSI
Pres. Out. : 2600 PSI
Air Consum. : 10.1 Cu/Ft/Min
Visibility H. : 60 ft
Visibility V. : 60 ft
Water Cond. : Smooth
Access : Shore
Water Body : Spring
Tank Gas : Air Rating : ***
Dive Number : 422
Total Time : 345:28
Dive Type : Fun Dive

This was Rhonda's first dive in a Florida cavern. I wanted to work her through some of the caverns in order of experience level and personal enjoyment. We started at Blue Grotto which is a beautiful blue.... well, grotto! A nice blue pond at the bottom of a large sink hole.

We dropped to the platform first and got our buoyancy. Once buoyancy control was established, I checked that everything was okay and we were comfortable and we headed out to Peace Rock. At Peace Rock, we established communication via flash lights, checked again that everything was okay and we were comfortable and we headed down around the back side of the cavern. We took our time and looked around along the way. We worked our way up the other side, then toward the air bell.

As soon as we made it to the air bell, we got snaked by another dive team. :-( We waited a couple of minutes then checked our air pressure and decided to continue the dive. We worked our way across the back (upper side) of the cavern, passing through the swim-throughs along the way. As we finished, I noticed that another dive team was just leaving the air bell, so we made a B Line over to it. We talked for a couple of minutes in the air bell before other divers started coming in. We decided that Rhonda would lead the rest of the dive, then exited the bell.

I followed Rhonda back around Peace Rock. She signaled and asked if we could drop down around the back again. I signaled that it was okay. As she started it, another dive team swam past me and in-between us. (BAD FORM!!) Rhonda turned to signal me to make sure I was ready to descend to the bottom again and met up with a stranger. I swam over the top and signaled to Rhonda. We let the other team go, then we followed back down. At the bottom, we met up with a traffic jam so we turned and made our way up through the break down (large rocks).

By this point Rhonda was below 1000 PSI so we slowly made it back to the platform. There, we took a nice safety stop, played around a bit, then proceeded to the exit. Nice, relaxing dive!