Me and #1 son on a dive clean up day at park

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Me and #1 son on a dive clean up day at park

Postby wvjohn » Mon Sep 08, 2008 12:05 pm

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about 25 of us cleaned the beach area - found lots of yucky stuff

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Postby FlyingPenguin » Mon Sep 08, 2008 12:08 pm

Crap, I haven't gone diving in years. Need to go get wet sometime. I've been out of it long enough that I'll need a familiarization course.
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Postby darcy » Mon Sep 08, 2008 1:34 pm

cheers to you 'n' the group for doin' that! :)
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Postby wvjohn » Mon Sep 08, 2008 2:04 pm

It was fun and they had prizes...ladies on the far right won the prize for most underwear collected....my son and I got prizes for best tennis ball. Got a nice retractable clip for my light.

FP - you've got all those springs nearby, don't you?
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Postby nitro237 » Mon Sep 08, 2008 3:06 pm

Wow ! I didn't know Santa was a diver ::

Looks like fun :s mile
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Postby wvjohn » Mon Sep 08, 2008 3:50 pm

where u think he gets all those presents?
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Postby FlyingPenguin » Mon Sep 08, 2008 4:21 pm

Yes Darcy, lots of fresh water springs and caverns. Also done some nice drift dives on the Rainbow river.

One of my favorite dives was the Blue Grotto: http://www.sfdj.com/springs_issue/bgrotto.htm

Believe it or not, you only need Open Water certification for this. The main cavern is 50 feet deep. Then there is an additional 50 foot "U" shaped vertical cave that although it looks scary as hell (you need lights), but even though it's 100 feet at it's deepest, it's actually Open Water certified because they have an emergency air bell above it for free ascent in an emergency. Closest I'll ever get to a real cave dive.

They have platforms rigged up in the main cavern to keep you from stirring up sediment, and if you go in the morning the water is clear as glass.
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Postby wvjohn » Mon Sep 08, 2008 9:15 pm

Grotto looks neat. Let's all go there this winter when the snow's a flying up north. That'll give Darcy plenty of time to get her OW cert.
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Postby darcy » Sun Sep 14, 2008 1:03 pm

lol, ~ i betta stick w/snorkeling ;)

v.* nice grotto, FP :)
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Postby FlyingPenguin » Sun Sep 14, 2008 2:02 pm

You can snorkel the Blue Gotto Darcy, although you'll miss out on some interesting things.
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Postby wvjohn » Sun Sep 14, 2008 8:36 pm

We can go on my birthday, 2-16. that way FP and Darcy have to pay my entrance fee!
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Postby darcy » Mon Sep 15, 2008 3:18 pm

boy,, you have that all figured out, don't u, john? ;)

FlyingPenguin wrote:You can snorkel the Blue Gotto Darcy, although you'll miss out on some interesting things.

oh, that is for sure, i know! i once followed a fish for 20 mins while snorkeling,, took that long for the dayem fish to turn on its side so i could snap a decent pic from above, lol : ). if i were underwater, that woulda been different! did do a helmet dive in aruba once,, that was pretty freaky for me @ 1st :)
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Postby Key Keeper » Mon Sep 15, 2008 3:40 pm

wvjohn wrote:ladies on the far right won the prize for most underwear collected



Gross....
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