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TommyB
03-03-2008, 08:52
...Sat & Sun, March 15-16, 9-5.

Just got a report that the viz is outstanding there right now....60-70 ft! Best in years!
Sooooo...with almost everything blown out in N. Florida, why not come to Dive Rite's first Tech Tour of 2008?
The full line of DR gear will be on site to test dive....Front-zip 905 drysuits, the new 500 LED light, 24 watt & 10 watt HID lights, reels , aircell/backplate combos, Nomad sidemount system,Transpacs...and lots more!

You can also test dive the O2ptima rebreather (must be Nitrox certified, $25 instructor fee), seminras will be at 9:00 each day....you can call Drew Davis, on-site manager, 904/449-0675, to sign up early...first signed, first in the water!

In case you haven't heard, the new owners of the site have put LOTS of time, $$$$, and effort into improving the facility. Normal entry fee is $50 (includes two AIRfills and lunch), but anyone who attends the Tech Tour can get in for $25. You must be at least AOW certified to dive there. No other restrictions apply, to my knowledge (check with Drew if you have questions).

Viz at the Nest yesterday was 30-40 ft. in the Ballroom and downstream, including the Lockwood tunnel....so 40-Fathom is MUCH better than that!

ScubaJW
03-05-2008, 13:11
Oh sounds fun!! I just went to 40 Fathom Grotto 2 weekends ago. I can see a lot of improvements to the property!!! Looks to be a beautiful place!

By the way, the water is around 65 to 67 degress so 7mm or drysuit would be a good idea to dive there!!! :)

UCFKnightDiver
03-05-2008, 13:45
man I would love to go but... not sure if I will be able to... where is the 40 fathoms grotto? ahh nm I found it hmm I will be in Tallahassee or Panama City

edit looks like I am going to have to go cant pass up an opportunity like this :)

sidneydiver
03-05-2008, 22:39
I have just sent them an e-mail to say that me and my buddy will be going on the Sunday. We did all of our tech training there and I really like it.

LiteHedded
03-06-2008, 08:05
you have to be AOW? that's lame

TommyB
03-06-2008, 08:34
you have to be AOW? that's lame

Reason it's lame is that 40 fathoms = 200 plus feet
and it has some places that are overhead.

NitroWill
03-06-2008, 10:18
a fathom is 6 feet - its 240 feet deep..

the conditions can be dark and disorienting - they have requirements for a reason

LiteHedded
03-06-2008, 10:24
AOW qualifies me to dive to these depths?

NitroWill
03-06-2008, 10:30
AOW qualifies me to dive to these depths?

No, of course it doesnt. They beleive its enough to come in and dive with new gear - which I personally dont beleive. Deep, dark, disorienting conditions with unfamiliar gear with a bunch of people in the same situation doesn't add up a good combination if your a newer unexperienced diver - even more experienced ones need to be super careful given the conditions.

LiteHedded
03-06-2008, 10:32
just not a fan of that certification at all

UCFKnightDiver
03-06-2008, 11:15
dont be a pab brian just get the stupid thing it aint that hard :)

LiteHedded
03-06-2008, 12:36
I know it ain't that hard.
I could teach a monkey to get that cert