05/28/2012(Mon) - 1 DiveNo.432 - Devil's Den[Florida, USA]

Diver : Michael Clay
Dive Master : Joe Stillman
Buddy : Class
D.Service : Geekdiver
Weather : Rainy
Temp. : 88 Fahrenheit
Ave.w.temp : 70 Fahrenheit
Min.w.temp : 70 Fahrenheit
Diving Suit : DUI Dry Suit
Inner Wear : T100
Weight : 14 Lbs
Tank Material : Steel 100
Equipment : Camera
S.I.Time :
Time In : 11:38:27
Time Out : 12:14:47
Dive Time : 00:36:20
Ave. Depth : 14 ft
Max. Depth : 30 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. : 40 ft
Visibility V. : 40 ft
Water Cond. : Smooth
Access : Shore
Water Body : Spring
Tank Gas : Air Rating : ***
Dive Number : 432
Total Time : 354:30
Dive Type : OW Class

This was the final day of checkout dives for the WGW scouts. I asked them to get their buoyancy and let me know. I also told them that I wanted to see good buddy communication and buoyancy and trim skills. After sitting underwater for several minutes, I realized that we would use up all of our air waiting for them to check in, so I swam past everyone and signaled them to follow me.

We went through the big (shallow) swim-through to the left of the platform and worked our way around the cavern. As I swam over one of the deeper swim-throughs, I pointed me light down in it to show the boys that there was a big hole there (since I did not allow them to carry lights on this dive). I then swam around top of the swim-through, continuing around the cavern. Apparently, when I pointed my light into the hole, several of them thought I was telling them to go into it. As I passed the exit, I noticed some of them coming up and out. I imediately pooled the boys together in an open, shallow part of the cavern, signaled them to hold, then went to make sure everyone came out of that swim-through.

By this time, I had gotten a few low-air notices. We worked our way back around the platforms and slowly to the surface.

Of course, when we got out, I had a talk with them about going through the swim-throughs on their own!