04/07/2012(Sat) - 1 DiveNo.424 - Paradise Springs[Florida, USA]

Diver : Michael Clay
Dive Master :
Buddy : Class
D.Service : Geekdiver
Weather : Sunny
Temp. : 68 Fahrenheit
Ave.w.temp : 75 Fahrenheit
Min.w.temp : 74 Fahrenheit
Diving Suit : DUI Dry Suit
Inner Wear : T100
Weight : 0 Lbs
Tank Material : Steel 85s
Equipment : Camera
S.I.Time : 19:05:00
Time In : 10:08:04
Time Out : 11:11:56
Dive Time : 01:03:45
Ave. Depth : 43 ft
Max. Depth : 118 ft
Safety Stop.Depth : ft
Safety Stop.Time : min
Tank Capacity : 170 Cu/Ft
Pres. In : 3400 PSI
Pres. Out. : 2600 PSI
Air Consum. : 5.71 Cu/Ft/Min
Visibility H. : 80 ft
Visibility V. : 80 ft
Water Cond. : Smooth
Access : Shore
Water Body : Spring
Tank Gas : Air Rating : ****
Dive Number : 424
Total Time : 347:27
Dive Type : Fun Dive

Today was Rhonda's second day of Florida cavern diving. This time I brought a few more people. Kent and his son Logan hadn't been in the water for a while and were looking to refresh their skills. Kent is the scoutmaster of a group of scouts I am training currently for their Open Water certification. I also brought Joe who is my acting Divemaster for the training as well as cave diving buddy.

The objective of this dive was to drop to the bottom room in the cavern. Rhonda, Kent and Logan would explore the cavern while Joe and I dropped down into the cave. Before the dive, I told Rhonda that she could drop into the mouth of the cave with us to see what it was like. From their, we would check the swim-throughs and work our way slowly to the surface, checking out all the sights along the way.

The plan was executed perfectly! We dropped to the bottom room. Kent and Logan held while myself, Rhonda and Joe went into the mouth of the cave. After Rhonda had a chance to look around, she exited the cave, back into the room with Kent and Logan while Joe and I dropped further into the cave. On our way out of the cave, I showed Joe the small stalactites along the edge of the cave.

Once we were all back in the bottom room, we swam around and checked things out. I showed everyone the hole in the ground that went down into the cave. We all took turns going through the swim-through directly above the cave. Joe sent people through one at a time while I made sure they came out the other side without any problems.

After that, we worked our way slowly toward the surface, checking out all of the sights along the way. I pointed out the small (side-mount only) crack on the left side. As we were working our way up from there, I saw Kent and Logan looking at their guages, signaling to Joe and heading up. I stopped them and checked their air pressure. Kent was at 1200 and Logan was at 1000. Still plenty of time! :-) I had them follow me as we scaled the wall, up towards the Sand Dollars.

We made it to the top of the cave with plenty of air. I pointed out the fossilized Sand Dollars and the Mastodon Bone. From there, we worked our way back to the platform. Logan was at about 500 PSI, so he and Kent made their exit. Rhonda, Joe and myself worked our way around the basin. I pointed out the statues and showed Rhonda where the spring source was. You could really feel the difference in water temperature!

By this time, Rhonda was running low on air and exited. Joe and I (both in doubles) continued to swim around. I decided that now would be a good time to get some pictures. I signaled to Joe, he followed me, and we took pictures of the Sand Dollars, the Mastodon Bone and the spring entrance.

Once we had several good pics, we decided to exit and catch up with the rest of the team. Everyone was very comfortable and did very well on this dive. It was a great dive!