Sunday, March 05, 2006

Spiegel Grove


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.

2 comments:

Tait said...

awesome.....so many wrecks down there I'd like to dive...thats definately one of them.....

john said...

yeah it was awesome, cant do it all in one dive ad unfortunately its pretty deep, so to see the whole thing you really need some tech training, double tnaks, decomp time, and the likes... i mean you can go tot he bottom on air, its only 130 feet, but youd have all of like 5 minutes bottom time, not really worth it if you ask me... thats why i stayed above 90, so i could log some good time...