05/26/2012(Sat) - 3 DiveNo.431 - Lake Denton[Florida, USA]

Diver : Michael Clay
Dive Master : Joe Stillman
Buddy : Class
D.Service : Geekdiver
Weather : Part. Cloudy
Temp. : 91 Fahrenheit
Ave.w.temp : 82 Fahrenheit
Min.w.temp : 80 Fahrenheit
Diving Suit : 3mm Shorty
Inner Wear : Bathing Suit
Weight : 12 Lbs
Tank Material : Steel 100
Equipment : Camera
S.I.Time : 01:59:00
Time In : 14:42:16
Time Out : 15:39:26
Dive Time : 00:55:55
Ave. Depth : 20 ft
Max. Depth : 44 ft
Safety Stop.Depth : ft
Safety Stop.Time : min
Tank Capacity : Cu/Ft
Pres. In : PSI
Pres. Out. : PSI
Air Consum. : Cu/Ft/Min
Visibility H. : 12 ft
Visibility V. : 12 ft
Water Cond. : Smooth
Access : Shore
Water Body : Lake
Tank Gas : Air Rating : ****
Dive Number : 431
Total Time : 353:53
Dive Type : OW Class

This was the second checkout dive of the day for the WGW scouts. With the skills completed, we set out on a "fun dive". You'll notice on the graph that we surfaced. On our initial descent, I told everyone to stay close together, get their buoyancy and come let me know when they were ready. After several minutes on the floor, everyone spreadout and no one let came to me to let me know they were ready to proceed with the dive.

On our second attempt, everyone did a better job of staying together. After a few more minutes and only a couple of them letting me know they were neutral and ready for the dive, I decided to start swimming and signaled them to follow.

We went down the rope and through the diamonds. As I turned to watch everyone else come through, I noticed the Nathan's tank was slipping out of his BCD. I swam over to him and signaled him to hold. I tried to resecure it, but noticed that the cam band was misthreaded. I secured it as best I could and we continued.

We went down to the first boat. While swimming around the boat, I noticed a piece of 2" PCV floating about 2 feet off the floor, tethered to the bottom. I swam over and took a look. Turnes out that it is an underwater geocache. Cool!

From there, we went out past the bicycle and followed a line that took us to a big under water cross. The boys swam around that for a bit, then I signaled them to follow me to continue the dive. As we got back to the main rope, Ben signaled me and pointed out that Nathan's tank had slipped out again. Joe came over to help. I pointed out what had happened and signaled for him to check my cam bands for proper threading. After looking at my cam bands, Joe was able to figure out how to rethread Nathans BCD and we were good to go again.

While Joe and I were working on Nathan's BCD, I signaled to the others that there was another boat just down the line we were on. They all went over and checked it out. After we fixed Nathan's BCD, I had gotten a couple of notices that people were running low on air. I swam to the boat, signaled for everyone to follow me and we slowly worked our way back up the ropes to the exit.

This turned out to be a pretty nice dive and everyone had fun. Nathan did a great job being patient, laying with his face in the sand, while we fixed his BCD!