04/06/2012(Fri) - 2 DiveNo.423 - Devil's Den[Florida, USA]

Diver : Michael Clay
Dive Master :
Buddy : Rhonda Childress
D.Service : Geekdiver
Weather : Sunny
Temp. : 84 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 : 01:57:00
Time In : 13:04:14
Time Out : 14:02:21
Dive Time : 00:55:10
Ave. Depth : 19 ft
Max. Depth : 42 ft
Safety Stop.Depth : ft
Safety Stop.Time : min
Tank Capacity : 100 Cu/Ft
Pres. In : 3400 PSI
Pres. Out. : 2400 PSI
Air Consum. : 13.8 Cu/Ft/Min
Visibility H. : 40 ft
Visibility V. : 40 ft
Water Cond. : Smooth
Access : Shore
Water Body : Spring
Tank Gas : Air Rating : ***
Dive Number : 423
Total Time : 346:23
Dive Type : Fun Dive

Our second dive of the day was Devil's Den. This is a big dry cave (sink hole) with a pond at the bottom. Lots of break down and character in the water.

We started with our site survey and a few pictures. As we walked down into the cavern, I could see from the top of the stairs that the water was hazy... One draw back to arriving in the afternoon. Actually, it was the worst I have ever seen it. But it's still a pretty cavern and a fun dive.

We got all geared up and worked our way down to the platform at the bottom of the stairs. The lower platforms that are normally in the water were about two feet above the water. I have never seen the water level this low. It made it kind of tricky to get in with all of our gear on.

Once in the water, I told Rhonda that we were going to swim to the side and work our way clockwise around the cavern. We dropped in, dropped to the bottom and worked our way clockwise around the cavern, tucking into every nook and cranny the cavern had to offer. We popped up to the dry section, checked out all of the cave warning (grim reaper) signs and went through all the swim-throughs.

I had told Rhonda prior to getting in the water, that I was going to go through some tight swim-throughs and that she did not have to follow me if she was not comfortable, but that I would turn as soon as I got through to make sure she made it through if she did opt to follow me. Having just dove Blue Grotto, she was very comfortable and followed me through every one. I turned each time to make sure there were no problems and applauded her success. :-)

When we completed the loop all the way around the cavern, we moved to the inner rings and continued our exploration. Once we had worked our way around twice, we played around on a couple of the underwater platforms, then decided to surface and talk. As we surfaced, we saw that there was another team of divers getting ready to enter. Until then, we had the spring to ourselves. We talked and decided that, since we had plenty of air, we would make another loop in the opposite direction, then exit.

We began our loop in the opposite direction. This time the cavern looked totally different. We found a couple of different swim-throughs. On one of them, Rhonda got stuck. I saw her coming through, then come to an abrupt stop. I knew she was snagged on something. She signalled me that she couldn't move forward any more. I swam over, found that her console hose was hung up on a rock and pulled it off.

We finished the loop and exited. Another nice dive!