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User currently offlineContinental From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5516 posts, RR: 18
Posted (9 years 10 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 1244 times:

For the past few years, ever since I became obsessed with the freshwater springs of Florida, I've become obsessed with what's below the springs! I plan on traveling to Florida this summer for a few weeks to become a fully certified cave diver! Anyone else do this or have expressed interest in doing so?

How cool is that!? Chambers the size of school gymnasiums filled with fresh, crystal clear water. I am willing to take the risk. I'm doing everything from cave certification, nitrox, tech. diver, everything. I'm looking forward to this!

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User currently offlineArmitageShanks From UK - England, joined Dec 2003, 3619 posts, RR: 15
Reply 1, posted (9 years 10 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 1211 times:

Check out the Blue Hole in Belize.

User currently offlineContinental From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5516 posts, RR: 18
Reply 2, posted (9 years 10 months 1 day ago) and read 1174 times:

Yeah the Blue Hole is cool, but it's not nearly as cool as the underground freshwater caves in Florida! The problem with Blue Hole, is that it is not a cave!

User currently offlineLuv2fly From United States of America, joined May 2003, 12090 posts, RR: 49
Reply 3, posted (9 years 10 months 22 hours ago) and read 1158 times:

Being a diver myself, that is one part of diving I have no desire to do.

You can cut the irony with a knife
User currently offlineFutureUApilot From United States of America, joined May 2004, 1365 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (9 years 10 months 21 hours ago) and read 1152 times:

Looks awesome to me! Take me along sometime... Big grin

The Pilot is the highest form of life on Earth!
User currently offlineAirplay From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (9 years 10 months 20 hours ago) and read 1147 times:

Muff diving is much more fun. The spaces are more confined, but the rewards are incredible...

User currently offlineCoRocks From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 1213 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (9 years 10 months 15 hours ago) and read 1144 times:

I love to dive, but diving with my something over my head is the only time in my life that I have found myself to be claustraphobic.

User currently offlineVaporlock From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (9 years 10 months 13 hours ago) and read 1136 times:

I have never actually gone Cave Diving but I have done a lot of reading about it and seen several fantastic shows!!  Big thumbs up

It would be definately something I'd try if I had the opportunity!

Phyllis Big grin

User currently offlineBroke From United States of America, joined Apr 2002, 1322 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (9 years 10 months 8 hours ago) and read 1126 times:

Cave diving must be done with a lot of caution, preparation, and strict rules on the use of air.

It can be a beautiful thing to do, but it is incredibly easy to get in and not get out. At many of the spring outlets, diving is either forbidden or strickly restricted due to the number of divers who were lost there.

These caves are part of a large interconnecting system of springs that involves Southern Georgia and most of the Northern third of Florida.

Dye placed in one outlet has appeared at another outlet miles away giving some hint of the extent of this system.

I'm not saying don't do it, but I am saying that a novice diver is not capable of doing this safely. You'll need to train with experienced cave divers in exercises that do not involve caves until your level of competence is elevated.

User currently offlineContinental From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5516 posts, RR: 18
Reply 9, posted (9 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1114 times:

Exactly. Like I stated above, I'll be spending weeks down in Florida to do this. I will be instructed by a professional who has done many cave dives and earned himself the Gold Wakulla Award.

Yep, most are connected. The system is huge and simply fascinating. I've always taken interest in cave diving, and want to take my scuba diving level even further. I've completed many many courses in scuba, and I feel this one will be my best.

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