Sunday, March 05, 2006
Well, I finally did it. Friday I dove the "grove." It wasn't easy, it was quite a bit of work getting everyone from work together to go, then we had boat problems, but nothing was going to stop us from getting onto the wreck. It was quite impressive. When it was sunk, it originally was on its side, but the hurricanes last season uprighted it. Now, you can go into the bridge at about 70 feet, although the bottom is 130 feet. I maxed at 90 feet and my dive time was 32 minutes, including a 4 minute safety stop. It was impressive because you can go inside. When they sunk it, they took out a lot of doors and cut out holes along the hull and the deck so you can get out every 20 feet or so, if you get nervous or whatever. They also ran line along the hallways in the ship so you can go in even if you don't have a reel. If you have not yet checked out this wreck you should. When I came out of the hull there were a few huge barracuda and at our safety stop we were surrounded by hundreds of yellowtail snapper. Awesome dive. Check out the Spiegel Grove here.