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|JM||holiday, fl USA||09/03/18 23:53:14 MST|
|Amazing job. |
|pia||Peeker, IL USA||06/10/18 23:53:29 MST|
|Mitchell||St. Pete, Fl USA||05/18/18 12:13:00 MST|
|You have a lot of good info on the springs on here. Thank you.|
|Mia||Land O Lakes, FL USA||04/29/18 07:55:59 MST|
|Cool page! Im looking for some underwater caves in tampa!|
|Gaston Careau||Beloeil, QC Canada||03/25/18 08:31:26 MST|
|I used to rent Eleanor Moore house in winter,and enjoyed the scenery, specialy the lake. Good souvenirs and say hello to Eleanor for me.|
|Ann B Carleton||Mobile, AL United States||12/28/17 21:52:38 MST|
|I wrote to you years ago. I have some articles about people who drowned in the Blue Sink hole in Pinellas County near Palm Harbor FL. I have newspaper articles listing 6 men. Do you know their names? I have 4 of them. One was my father. Ann |
|septi pratiwi||indonesia, ID USA||03/02/16 19:46:25 MST|
|hello Septi pratiwi introduce my name I come from indonesia and I am a student. please visit my website http://sttgarut.ac.id/|
|Doug Holley||Gainesville, Fl USA||11/02/15 18:21:02 MST|
|I found the Eaglenestsink yesterday. Your website is wonderful. Thank you.|
|Brenda Myers||Coto De Caza, CA USA||09/02/15 09:27:58 MST|
|Thank you for all the photos & information you have provided.|
|Paul Beil||Inverness, fl USA||07/14/15 06:54:33 MST|
|Very nice and informative site thank you. |
|John Schneider||Cocoa, Fl USA||07/10/15 16:52:32 MST|
|Was cave diver in '67-'69 Knew Tom Mount, Ike Ikihara, Bob Markz, My last dive was Little River '69. Me and Geno Nightengale recovered 2 diver bodies. No more|
|John Schneider||Cocoa, Fl USA||07/10/15 16:29:29 MST|
|Was cave diver in '67-'69 Knew Tom Mount, Ike Ikihara, Bob Markz,|
|Theresa Orsatti||NEW PORT RICHEY, FL USA||05/31/15 07:32:32 MST|
|Great job! Enjoyed reading|
|Donna L C||Sarasota, FL USA||04/21/15 08:35:45 MST|
|Loved the Caves we visited this past weekend. I plan to go again when I have more time and more equipment to explore further. Being from upstate NY where we have the Secret Caves and Howe Caverns it made me feel like I was in my own back yard. |
|Robert V. Hylton||Deltona, Fla USA||04/09/15 20:16:16 MST|
|Hello I'm the first cousin to Larry & Randall Hylton.I|
Have info about their deaths. I need your help to correct how Randy died. Also Larry. Contact me please by phn 386
215 2490 I also can tell you some great info on Randy
|TS||Tampa, FL USA||12/23/14 08:20:04 MST|
Great site you got, with lots of detailed descriptions of sites I've never heard of. Keep up the great work and safe diving!
|George||USA||11/25/14 09:32:48 MST|
|Hi, Mike. Your extremely interesting website was given to me by Elaine (maiden name: Hudson) - a former Gulf High classmate of yours. Have to say, I'm impressed with both your attention to detail and your highly descriptive journalistic style. From the looks of it, we may have a few interests in common. Please email me for details. We should talk. Thanks and have a great day. |
|Paul Smith||Oldsmar, fl USA||05/21/14 10:55:24 MST|
|Great site! Im not a cave diver or even an open water. At best I snorkle LOL. I have no interest in actually diving in any caves but they do fascinate me. (the closest I would ever get would be piloting an ROV through one of these.) Please keep up the great work you are going to better understand what lies beneath our feet here in the Tampa Bay Area.|
|Vickie Petteway||Honolulu, Hi USA||12/27/13 00:16:36 MST|
Thanks for your site. I am a certified diver and wanted to experience some of the cave dives of Florida before I left to come to Hawaii but unfortunately, did not. I will experience some of the caves of Hawaii; the oceans can be fatal w/o the proper guide, still looking...
|Marc||Amarillo, TX USA||12/26/13 22:25:42 MST|
|Love your website. I'm a Certified Advanced OW diver. Being 58, I have no desire to do anything regarding cave diving, although it fascinates me. Probably back in the day I would have loved to have learned about it, become certified and done some cave diving. |
More power to those whose passion is cave diving...my hat's off to you.
|Marc||Amarillo, TX USA||12/26/13 22:24:40 MST|
|Love your website. I'm a Certified Advanded OW diver. Being 58, I have no desire to do anything regarding cave diving, although it fascinates me. Probably back in the day I would have loved to have learned about it, become certified and done some cave diving. |
More power to those whose passion is cave diving...my hat's off to you.
|David & Julie||new port richey, fl USA||12/10/13 08:12:49 MST|
|Have done some cave diving in my day.|
|Tim Oliver||Atlanta, Ga. USA||10/10/13 09:44:19 MST|
| Mike, I've had a blast looking at your website ! I was an avid scuba diver in the 80's and 90's and loved spring diving. I thought I'd heard about most of them but obviously I had not. Thanks again ! Tim|
|Josh Smith||land o' lakes, Fl USA||10/07/13 11:45:47 MST|
|Great page, I have absolutely no diving experience whatsoever but get greatly captured with interest in these cave systems less than an a hour away from me. I sat stuck on your page last night just looking at every spring an sink you have logged. I've swam Weeki Wachee for twenty some years now an surrounding areas an was clueless to all these awesome systems. The Buford an diepods are extremely interesting an fill my head with a crazy curiousity I'll never get to experience like you an fellow divers do. Be safe an thank you for the great photos,videos, an reports.|
|Donna Towsey||Asheville, NC USA||06/20/13 08:24:22 MST|
|Fascinating dive page. |
|Glenn Smith||Lakeland, Fl USA||01/27/13 13:12:19 MST|
|Mike's buying pizza for EVERYBODY!|
|billy hubbard nuai# 52806||cape coral, fl USA||01/11/13 09:50:25 MST|
|thank you for the great dive page. |
|Jude Chauvin||New Orleans, La USA||11/29/12 19:56:48 MST|
|Great site. Hope to visit a few of these. |
|Barbara Dwyer||San Francisco, ca USA||11/09/12 03:22:01 MST|
|Wonderful web site, not only the maps and descriptions of FL caves, but I like the newspaper stories that round out the history. I've bookmarked the site and will return. Thanks, Mike Emmanuel.|
|thane||holiday, fl USA||10/30/12 16:26:25 MST|
|nice site swam in some of the sinks on here grew up in plam harbor swam in blue sink many times in 70s early 80s thanks for all the info |
|jogrji||USA||10/29/12 21:07:27 MST|
|Lanora Ruiz||Saint Petersburg, FL USA||09/05/12 00:31:57 MST|
|Found your website in the acknowledgements in the book Black Out by Lisa Unger. Since I now reside in Florida I thought I would look up your site. I love the information and pictures on sink holes! Thank You for posting everything :) |
|Al Koralewski||Crystal River, FL USA||09/04/12 06:34:13 MST|
|Thanks for the info on your website for Dames Cave. We visited the caves around Vandal and then went to Peace Cave. I've lived in the area for over 25 yrs, but only recently visited the caves. Looking forward to locating additional caves.|
|twyla muir||st catharines, Ontario Canada||09/01/12 18:33:08 MST|
|amazing dive footage, you are really brave to venture into those caves,sinks,springs...happy diving got your info from Lisa Ungers book Black Out|
|Frank Giambalvo||Dunedin, FL USA||07/01/12 08:51:47 MST|
|I'm a non-diver, but I found your Lake Tarpon "stuff" extremely interesting. As a 30+ year Pinellas resident who had fished Lake Tarpon a lot with my boys, I have always been fascinated with the connection between Lake Tarpon and the Gulf of Mexico.|
|joe huggins||hudson, fl USA||06/25/12 12:39:18 MST|
|awsome website i had no idea this area has so much to offer the curious spirit|
|Jerry Lawson||seffner, fl USA||04/17/12 08:26:51 MST|
|great site - reminds me that I need to bite the bullet and get certs up to speed so I can explore as many of these that are still available..|
thanx for the time and effort of putting this together
|william cass||flat rock , nc USA||03/19/12 19:26:45 MST|
|great web sight nice to hear how people appreciate the cave ole willy and I found. |
|Jeremy Barronton||Atlanta, GA USA||02/10/12 04:49:38 MST|
|You have a lot of good beta. Brings back great memories. I dove many of the caves you have maps for back in the 90's. I remember when Curt Bowen was doing his first "deep" dives on the Mexican Pride before he went on to survey AJ hole and Green Banana. If you don't have the good quality survey of the Nest I'd be happy to share it with you.|
|Stephen S||Hudson, Florida USA||01/25/12 18:39:41 MST|
|I stumbled across your website when i was trying to find out some information on sunwest mines, and ive got to say i did not realize all the underwater caves that are surrounding my house. this website is great and now i am thinking about getting certified for scuba diving. Ive always loved to explore things since i was a kid, and id really like to see old cars and stuff at the bottom of some of these caves. Great job on the site. Ive learned alot!|
|Helen Lorensen||Brisbane, Queensland Australia||12/30/11 19:00:02 MST|
|Hi Mike what an interesting site, very informative and great photos! I Just read Lisa Unger's Black Out and saw the link. I will happily stick to my open water diving in the lovely warm waters around Australia and S.E.Asia but am super impressed with yours and other sink divers bravery, some of those openings don't look overly inviting!!! Good luck with getting back into the Blue Sink, that Tara sounds like a scary piece of work!|
|Jerry S. Lawson||Seffner, FL USA||10/20/11 17:13:54 MST|
|excellent site, very informative and down to earth. Thanks for taking the time and effort to pass this info on to others.|
|dave gonzalez||cape coral, fl USA||10/14/11 07:41:28 MST|
|good job nice information|
|william (bill) schmidt||pinellas park, fl USA||09/24/11 08:01:15 MST|
|cool site thanx|
|pete babones||Baltimore, md USA||09/18/11 15:54:48 MST|
|Coming down in a few weeks to get my apprentice certification with Bill "bird" Oestrich. just whetting my appetite, checking out your site. Will be down again by the end of this year to get my full cert. then down again and again to keep moving forward with it all. Thanks! Pete.|
|pete babones||Baltimore, md USA||09/18/11 15:54:07 MST|
|Coming down in a few weeks to get my apprentice certification with Bill "bird" Oestrich. just whetting my appetite, checking out your site. Will be down again by the end of this year to get my full cert. then down again and again to keep moving forward with it all. Thanks! Pete.|
|Emery Molnar||Pensacola, Fl USA||09/17/11 12:06:43 MST|
|Just wondering if anyone knows what the status of Morrison Spring is?? I see that it was last dived in Feb of this year. I heard that State of Florida bought this spring site, and haven't heard anything about the spring since... It would be great to find out what is going on with this great Gin clear spring that I used to dive back in the 80's!|
|Lynn Kopala||Tarpon Springs, FL USA||08/25/11 13:23:30 MST|
|Love your site. Thanks for all the info and your services to the diving and exploring communities by making this information so beautifully informative.Don't dive but hope to learn someday.|
|Bob||USA||07/24/11 06:22:51 MST|
|I heard about your website while reading Lisa Unger's novel, BLACK OUT. I'm glad I checked it out. Great pics!|
|Heather||Springhill, fl USA||07/13/11 21:09:23 MST|
|Awesome site. Have dove a few of these, look forward to diving more. You have done a great job describing these sites. Thank you for your time and Passion. |
|eddie||coldspring, tx USA||06/26/11 14:12:13 MST|
|I never realized how many sink holes were in florida.|
|Jason B||st pete, fl USA||06/01/11 14:52:46 MST|
|Love the page Mike. My partner and I have used it quite a few times to find new locations, and yet again we are on and going to try Isabelle tomorrow 6/2/11 if we have any feedback we will post it. We normally dive the cave country dives, peacock, little river, orange and cow. We are a couple of Paul Hienerth's trained kids. Love the sight though very helpful keep it up, happy diving!!|
|Patrick||Hamburg, AU AU||05/19/11 04:53:42 MST|
nice site my friend
|Larry Ward||LeMars, Iowa USA||04/23/11 09:19:42 MST|
|Moving to Brandon or Lakeland area soon and looking for places to dive. I am an advanced open water diver/Surface Rescue Diver/Under-Ice Rescue Diver. I have previously been on the Plymouth County Dive Team and have logged over 260 dives. I have had limited cave diving experience(BonneTerre Mines in St Louis) and will most definitely persue this sport. I have also dove the Vanden Burge in Key West and would like to dive other wrecks. |
|Cheap Essays||Chicago, IL USA||04/19/11 06:16:24 MST|
|This is really great website. Keep up the good work.|
|Cathy Yearwood||Newcastle, USA||04/03/11 10:14:11 MST|
|Hi Mike, you must be the same Mike that was friends with Dootson's and Linda Maggiacomo Ryan? Can't imagine there are two of you in Tampa. Just finished Black Out by Lisa Unger and found your website and info in her author's notes. Great website!|
|Elizabeth Moore||Marathon, Fl USA||03/25/11 11:04:38 MST|
|I loved the views of the sinks and I had not seen the Vandal's Cave in over 20 years when I explored it.|
|CARY ERNST||DUNNELLON, FL USA||03/10/11 11:02:41 MST|
|Nice site. dive mainly in Buford, Egales Nest and Little river. I am not cave certifed yet. (key word yet) so I am allways looking for unregulated caves. Any sugestions are welcom.|
|buhlz||port richey, USA||01/27/11 15:59:39 MST|
|Mikey!!!Long time nio talk to!!!! Wanted to let you know that you can talk w/ me on facebook if you have it or the time. and also, me myself and others (paul) are gonna try to do something w some local springs in the area as far as access.. So KIT!!|
|Carl Bass||Lakeland, FL USA||12/13/10 06:27:24 MST|
|mike thanks so much for all the time you took to put this site together, I find it very helpful|
|Dave Carlson||Coquitlam, BC Canada||12/03/10 21:31:57 MST|
|Just read Black Out by Lisa Unger. In her author's notes she acknowledges your help in answering questions about Florida's underwater caves. Very interesting photos and descriptions|
|Jeff||Inverness, fl USA||10/22/10 08:17:53 MST|
|Hey mike, just checking in. I have seven full pages of dry cave located now. Are you ready to expand the dry caves section on your website? |
|MeShell||Tampa, FL USA||09/15/10 14:55:39 MST|
|Nice to see the Dames caves in the Withlachoochee State reserve are still there! Wow it has been years since I have been there. God Bless! |
|MIke E||USA||09/08/10 22:06:45 MST|
|Ann, I responded to your email on 8/15 and again today. Check your spam filters and or junk email. I do have articles from your fathers drowning..probably the same ones you have from the St Pete Times. |
|Ann||mobile, al USA||09/04/10 21:16:57 MST|
|Iemailed before and you didn't respond. My father, Robert Breedlove drowned in the Blue Sink, June 10th, 1961. 3 others after him I know of which I have the clippings. Young strong men. Experienced. I suspicion it was the hydrogen sulphide because they frequented the place. Can you do some research on this for me? As to others? They tested the water after the 4th death and tried to stop the diving because they found the hydrogen sulphide.|
|Jim Culter||Sarasota, FL USA||08/06/10 06:36:11 MST|
|I am interested in receiving information on offshore karst features for scientific research purposes. I have been studying them (when possible) for a number of years. If you think you have a new offshore site pleas contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org Note. Few people ever do actually find a "new" site. Most sites have multiple names.|
|Jim Culter||Sarasota, FL USA||08/06/10 06:32:23 MST|
|Casey||lakeland, Fl USA||07/29/10 18:47:57 MST|
|God Bless Wes Skiles and all of the divers that where inspired by him to become certified safe cave divers! Im sure that Wes & Sheck Are once again diving together in Heaven!|
|Steven I||Spring Hill , FL USA||07/24/10 16:53:08 MST|
|I may have found a new spring I will be investigating tomorrow and will keep you informed with pictures and location |
|robert lee||tampa, fl USA||07/09/10 20:11:04 MST|
|realy nice webpage the sites in tampa ar not diveable just moved down from va. im getting back in diving with my son now ?|
|Carol Alves||Winter Park, FL USA||06/16/10 11:23:50 MST|
|Just finished Dark Shadow by Randy Wayne White about lake and cave diving. Really insightful. I am sure that I will never do this sport, but appreciate the skills of those who do.|
|Darwin Coiner||34669, fl USA||06/09/10 18:52:37 MST|
|Currently on my way to become full cave certified, and I wont dive till I read your commits about the dive site! Going to citrus this weekend to try out some dry caves, want to see them without the bubbles. Thanks, keep up the good work |
|mark abbott||USA||02/13/10 22:49:46 MST|
|mike thanks so much for all the time you took to put this togethor and share it|
|Yannig Charles||Courchevel, USA||01/25/10 12:06:54 MST|
|Nice site !!! Very complet !|
|Donna King||Tuscumbia, Al USA||01/14/10 10:59:54 MST|
|I really enjoyed your website. I was a diver for a time but stopped. Thanks for having such a good site.|
|Jeffrey Clay||Inverness, fl USA||01/02/10 07:08:23 MST|
|Great site, Mike!!!!|
|Steve Christmas||Dallas, TX USA||11/07/09 20:27:30 MST|
|Great Website! I'm a native Floridian diver with 40 years in every spring diveable; including 4) Wakulla 1985. Still facinated with the Florida aquifier; think I will always enjoy one more dive as long as I live. Thanks for the site.|
|John Henry||NPR, Fl USA||11/02/09 02:03:29 MST|
|What a cool site. Really enjoy the pics.|
|Jill Deutsch||USA||08/30/09 08:47:25 MST|
|very scary, very cool|
|Mark Flowers||Jacksonville, FL USA||08/26/09 10:17:42 MST|
|Very cool website!! Thanks for the information and keep the bubbles rising.|
|c||Gainesville, FL USA||06/26/09 10:10:26 MST|
|Thanks Mike for a great site and your comments on Buford. They were spot on. Fortunately the area recovers quickly (was there last weekend and there's little evidence of anyone even using the tram road - it's all grown back that quick). Never understood divers smoking... leaving butts is unforgivable.|
|nick helmuth||brooksville, FL USA||06/21/09 10:54:51 MST|
|Hello Mike. I have been going to the dames caves for 10 years off and on and just recently heard of jeep cave and what it was like. I spent all of this weekend looking for jeep cave and others like dog drop pit and rockpile cave but could not find any of them. i was just wondering if you could possibly give me the where abouts of it or at least point me in the right direction. I would really appreciate it.|
|Julie Komenda||Brooksville, FL USA||06/05/09 07:05:42 MST|
|Great site--I am looking for a survey of Weeki Wachee spring, like the one of Little Salt.|
|Amy Stryker||USA||05/30/09 07:28:08 MST|
|Read about the help you gave to Lisa Unger. I never knew about the network under FL. Quite interesting! Thank you.|
|Tami||las vegas, Nv USA||05/22/09 12:52:44 MST|
|saw your website mentioned in Lisa Ungers book "Black Out", thought I would check out your pictures of caves. Beutiful pictures and your boys are cute!|
|buhlz||port richey, f USA||05/19/09 16:51:36 MST|
|Hey Mike! Did some recon diving lately. Checked out the Cedar springs. There's no line and it get's fairly deep to the south east. The two openings are two skylight and debri-mounds in a somewhat large cavern. Our bubbles barely knocked off any debri from the ceiling leading me that there's been people there before (but no line). Entering the opening the whole floor moved w/ jorse-shoe crabs!Pretty cool stuff. Maybe we can sink up bro and lay some line! Email me. Also been diving alot lately; like ya to join!) CYA|
|Jamie||Ellsworth, ME USA||05/10/09 11:53:43 MST|
|I came across your site after reading Black Out by Lisa Unger. The part about the caves and sinkholes in FL intrigued me and sent my imagination going. When I found your web address in the acknowledgements I had to check it out. I am very interested in the whole cave diving thing and your pictures are truly amazing, I am very impressed and intrigued. I never knew such magical and dangerous places existed just below the surface!!! Thank you for sharing!|
|Gaston Careau||Beloeil, QC Canada||03/01/09 12:48:55 MST|
|I used to rent Eleanor's Moore house (the Grand Duchess) in winter and I was always wondering about the dept of the sink.|
Thank You for the informations.
|Chris Newton||Brandon, Fl USA||02/06/09 03:44:24 MST|
|Hey man, it's been awhile. A friend and I spent 6 hours in a chamber thanks to an equipment malfunction in Hospital Hole. Soon as I can get out of my OTA program I'll have the cash to jump back in. I was wondering if you've seen or heard anything new about Waterfall Sink. I miss that murky little hole.|
|judith gibson||cumberland, md USA||01/01/09 11:12:04 MST|
|we only travel vicariously. Your site transports us to delightful places. Can only imagine the actual experience. thank you.|
|Michael foy||Tama, FL USA||11/12/08 18:44:11 MST|
|Mike I have been reading and referring people to your page since the 90's. I have found many places due to your descriptions.I look every once in a while and i see you do update. Thanks. Michael Foy|
|Damian Menning||USA||10/31/08 08:34:59 MST|
|Ramona Gehl||Windsor , Ontario Canada||09/29/08 01:52:16 MST|
|LOL...I meant I just read Lisa Ungers "Black Out", not to be confused with the other book I just read by Susan Crandall -- "Pitch Black"!!! My excuse...it's 4:46 AM! Laffin'|
|Ramona Gehl||Windsor, Ontario Canada||09/29/08 01:45:11 MST|
|Just read Lisa Ungers "Pitch Black" and wanted to check out info on underwater caves...nice site!|
|Steve||Port Richey, f USA||09/23/08 13:14:57 MST|
|Well said Mike!|
|Tara||Palm Harbor, FL USA||09/12/08 15:59:07 MST|
|After reading what you have to say about the blue sink and the owner, I want you to know that calling my GRANDFATHER morally wrong for not wanting every joe knocking at his door is a pretty harsh thing to say and you clearly do not know the meaning of morality. Your version of morality if that it should be open to the public like it once was which ended up being trash, I remember growing up and still to this day find beer bottles from 20-30 years ago. He welcomes all, but no does not want people diving, liability alone, and yes he may be a worry wart but you clearly have children, so you should have some understanding of that. He does not hog the property to himself, he has always let our family have parties there, he always has church functions there, and welcomes many to share the beauty of it. If anything you should blame the state for letting someone buy it, not him. He wishes that no one forgets the property, many people come by with their children and talk about how they spent much of their youth there, while my Grandmother fixes up some sandwhiches and a nice cool drink. And how dare you make it sound like you are looking forward to his passing because you hope that we will belittle ourselves and let the government pay as for it. There is no price to the connection our family has with this land. Hate to break it you, the blue sink will be staying in our family for many years to come, and one day when you come upon knocking at the door your presence will not be welcomed. How dare you bash my grandfather. |
Tara, thanks for stopping by and sharing some wonderful insight. It is unfortunate that you took offense to my opinions published on the Blue Sink page. I certainly don't harbor any ill will towards your Grandfather and don't want to see him pass any sooner than God intended. I don't really see how starting a paragraph off with "Jim is truly a nice guy…." qualifies as bashing, so it sounds like you may have some other issues.
As for my comments, I stand by them.
I'm real happy that you and your family get to enjoy Blue Sink…my boy's just get to hear stories about the awesome blue water. Despite being a hell of a nice guy, Gramps has gone to great lengths to "protect" the property from the general public.
He wants no mention of it on the Internet, had it de-listed from the book "Underwater Florida" and even upon my visit, would not allow a picture to be taken.
So basically, he has friends over to use the property the way he sees fit…sit and stare at it, but don't swim or dive. I fully understand his reasons and respect his wishes.
|jeff johnson||tarpon springs, fl USA||09/06/08 11:11:39 MST|
|Rookie cave diver from Tarpon Springs Florida.....new to cave diving...so far only cave at Howard Park Florida, closed now...and need new cave in Tarpon area.|
|Peter Meier||Wilhelmshaven, Germany||09/04/08 17:32:03 MST|
|Very nice site. I'd love to be brave enough to dive "eagle's nest". Unfortunately I'm damn claustrophobic...|
|Michele||Mason City, Ia USA||08/07/08 15:49:55 MST|
|Got your website address from book "BLACK OUT". Kool stuff.|
I've been to MORRISON SPRINGS in the Florida Panhandle, just for a swim. NO DIVING FOR ME. Saw the platform. This has been about 20 years ago, so no idea what's goin' on now.Thanx for the site.
|Steve||Port Richey, fl USA||08/05/08 15:51:57 MST|
| These people don't know what they're missing!!!!|
|Tony & TJ Ciesla||Tampa, FL USA||08/04/08 17:06:27 MST|
|You have a lot of good and interesting information. But we couldn't even think of going down as far as you did in some of those underwater caves. Thanks for sharing your adventures. |
|Steve||Port Richey, fl USA||08/03/08 15:44:05 MST|
| Hey Mike! Chris, Stan and I dove Heart sink today. Man, what a nasty hole. Hydrogen sulfide @ 130' was so bad it felt like our faces were on fire. It would be interesting more if that wasn't present, ya know. We checked out some area's around the debri mounds base and looked @ the deeper section. Stan only had a 120 so we pretty much called it around there! But, the HS was getting bad. Deco was spent playing around. Long day, and tiring. I don't know if I'll return. Maybe when I'm TRIMIX, but ya know. CYA|
|Steve||Port Richey, fl USA||07/25/08 17:36:22 MST|
|Hey bud!Still there??We're finding more leads and stuff. Still waiting to hear from ya. Got Paul & a few others even searching. May also have so access to BCWA soon. KIT!Please|
|John Henry||New Port Richey, Fl USA||07/16/08 05:50:40 MST|
|Nice site Mike.|
Scares the hell outta me just thinking about being down in one of those caves. I had a Hooka rig on my shrimp boat. Going down to the prop was far enough for me. haha John
|Jan T||York, PA USA||06/30/08 18:45:00 MST|
|Read Lisa Unger's book "Black Out" and got your site from her acknowlegements. I can't think of anything that sounds scarier than diving in these holes. You're a brave man.|
|sherrie bohannon||laurel, ms USA||06/30/08 17:02:46 MST|
|awesome info on caves and diving made lisa ungers passage in black out come to life|
|steve||port rinckle, fl USA||06/13/08 16:21:23 MST|
|Hey Mike. How's it going. Just wondering if you can come out and dive one of these times. My buds saw ya at scuba west but didnt know it was you. Are we gonna go to Blue sink and try some more. Let me know, you have my email and number. L8R !!!!!!|
|Steve||USA||06/12/08 16:38:30 MST|
|Steve||USA||06/12/08 16:37:57 MST|
|islandboy277||homosassa, fla. USA||04/04/08 22:04:21 EDT|
|dude this site is off the hook. had 2 add 2 my fav. good job!!|
|Thomas Hurst||Ft Myers, FL USA||03/07/08 20:05:30 EST|
|Great site, lots of info. You even had a link to "joes sinks" where I nearly lost my life in a diving accident years ago! |
|Irena||London, N/A USA||02/23/08 04:02:08 EST|
|As a biography, Alecia Oleyourryk is age 24. She grew up in Oswego, New York with “old-fashioined” parents. She attended Boston University where she was a magazine journalism major and is currently a bartender in New York. She’d like to be an actress in L.A.|
|Zach Johnson||Panama City Beach, FL USA||02/15/08 22:54:28 EST|
|Your website has a lot of good information. I'll have to check some of these sites out if I ever get down your way. Thanks.|
|Steve||Port Richey, fl USA||02/14/08 08:59:55 EST|
|Arch was really clear yesterday. You could actually see the debri field from the surface but upon enter the larger off-shoot cave there was alot of particulate. Been a while since I've been there but I haven't seen it that pretty. Still 'Very' silty but what a nice little place locally. KIT - L8R|
|Gary||Land O Lakes, FL USA||02/13/08 13:04:01 EST|
|Just wanted to say hi the site has been very helpful planning the next dive. Thanks|
|Steve||Port Richey, fl USA||02/04/08 18:14:54 EST|
|Dove Eagles once again! great dive- nice and clear! When ya gonna come out and play! CYA|
|Steve||Port Richey, fl USA||12/23/07 18:35:11 EST|
|Hey Mike! Dove Buford & Nest yesterday- Buford was not real good - eagles was nice- where ya yet, man! L8R|
|Steve||Port Richey, fl USA||12/13/07 20:57:18 EST|
|Hey Mike! Where ya at! Dove Buford again. Need ya out there w/ us!|
|amanda monaco||jfuorehuighre, mbv USA||12/11/07 20:36:07 EST|
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|Steve||Port Richey, f USA||12/02/07 21:46:51 EST|
| Hey Mike! Dove the Buford again! Amazing, and really dry today. We met some folks from Pinellas county and let's just say, they're gonna ruin it for everyone. I hate to wine, but they drove the truck to the gear spot. So, we told them etc etc, so hopefully they'll keep their promise. The also said they've been there before- but "they know"- Well, crap! I don't know what to do to help here, ya know. Can't exactly tell CWR about it. I have there info if you need it. |
........ Dive was great, man! Wish you could come out and play! The walk was done from the dirt road, w/ gear- no dolly! Dry as a bone! Some muck, but - I'm getting the hang of it I think out there! It gets tricky but there's a few area that I've noticed that are real deep of muck. I only sank once!!! My buddies even were not winded or schmegged from the muck! It's not bad now so try and get some free time!!!! L8R
|Steve||Port Richey, fl USA||11/20/07 08:38:11 EST|
|Mike! Where've ya been! Happy T day!Feel like I know ya already! Dove Buford the other day and it was gorgeous! Anyway, checking in- once again.|
|Brian Gilgeous||Liverpool, England||11/13/07 06:00:33 EST|
|Great site Mike! Makes me realise that we are only just scratching the surface of your cave systems, when we come over to visit the more "commercial" caves.We shall have to broaden our horizons in future. Best regards|
|Steve||Port Richey, fl USA||11/07/07 16:02:51 EST|
|Hey again. Checking in with ya. Dove Arch yesterday and wow- vis was great! Got to see more than I've ever have. Still waiting for that call! And still waiting on the Waterfall gimmick! Call sometime! L8R|
|Susan Davis||Seffner, Fl USA||11/03/07 20:35:12 EDT|
|Great website.... would love to see more pics.... great job|
|chris persaud||USA||11/02/07 17:34:49 EDT|
|great site, lot of useful info|
|Breads||New York, New York USA||11/01/07 15:01:48 EDT|
|Steve||Port Richey, fl USA||10/16/07 21:57:02 EDT|
|Hey again! Been checkin' around here lately for more leads. Looked at waterfall, looks potential- would like to (sink) up with anyone out there and see whats up. Also, my buddies have been checking alot of sinks/ponds w/ my boat and underwater fish-finder camera; skoping. |
Tried that pond in front of seapines- notta. Tried the one off New York ave (est), tires, tons of tires.
**Dove Garden somewhat- nasty hole. If anyone dives or checks out Garden again and finds a Oceanic Ion mask w/ a Tusa strap on it, please email me! Thanks! We're searching for more leads as well. The boat really helps
|Chris||Spring Hill, USA||09/08/07 17:36:55 EDT|
|Dove Waterfall sink today. Found a line we guess to be yours, but if not its in the eastern side but facing north. We didn't mess with it and it appeared to be stop at the entance of a small cave. Place had the feel of a dynamited Spring. Cool water was seeping in at 30-35 feet. We pulled up some smaller branches. Don't think it helped much.|
|Chris||USA||08/29/07 00:29:39 EDT|
|Been meaning to get into Waterfall Sink, a crazy local who lives on it (moving, hopefully) has been keeping me away. I'll make good on my promise to clean it out, as much as possible though.|
|Steve||Port Richey, USA||08/27/07 22:27:46 EDT|
|Thanks for writing back! Dove the nest again today- it's been a while! Cya|
|Warren Abadie||Clearwater , FL USA||08/23/07 18:25:01 EDT|
|You've got a great website and I thank you for it. I am an avid diver and also a sailor. My wife and I owned a 30' S2 for many years before Katrina took her.|
But, my wife and I also own a pair of jet skis we often snorkle from and do a lot of exploring on. We are both memebers of the USPS. We don't consider ourselves "assholes on jet skis", we are very considerate of our surroundings.
|Steve||port richey, f USA||08/23/07 15:45:03 EDT|
|Yeah again- Hey Chris- we dove that not too long ago- there are some creepy things in there! We didn't get to far vis is less than 2 feet- pretty scarey!!!!!! Mike Emanuel!!!! Let us know if you're going to dive! Anything!! Oh, yea- Paul H says hi!
Hey Steve, I've just been poking around new leads lately, no real "cave diving" per sey. Did some digging in the South end of Spring Bayou where two small holes are blowing copious amounts of fresh water. Also need to take some lift bags back to the hole off Waterfall and move a few logs to see whats below that ledge. Due to my insane schedule, most of my diving is done on the spur of the moment, but email me your phone number and maybe we can synch up!
|Chris Newton||Spring HIll, FL USA||08/20/07 17:31:11 EDT|
|Hey, its the guy always bugging you about Waterfall Sink/Laura's Hole. Just wanted to point out that the Garden World or whatever in Hudson, the property is for sale, so if you guys wanted to hit it, now would be the time. Good luck and thanks again for keeping us all updated.|
|Mark Holden||Wesley Chapel, FL. USA||07/15/07 12:11:19 EDT|
|Hey there Mike, Being a 4th generation Floridian and an avid spring diver for over 35 years ... I really appreciate your great website. THANKS ! My 17 year old daughter and my 15 year old son were "born with gills" as well as their Dad. Because of the massive amounts of dive gear to haul around, and the lack of time ... we do a lot of free diving. I still can make it 40' ft. or so (50' on a good day), and my daughter is now right there with me. My son is having a bit of "ear clearing" difficulty, I feel due to the growth spurt up to 6'2" in the past year. Hopefully he will outgrow his problem. Doctors can't see any thing wrong. He wants to dive. It's a bit frustrating to a 15 year old boy, atching Dad and sis drop out of site. Anyway,I haven't visited your site in awhile ... and hit it today (Sunday 7/15/07) ... and it just reminded me of the effort that you have reflected in this unique website. Again, thanks. Stay wet. It keeps you young. Regards, Mark, Becky, Whitney and Forrest Holden.|
|Randy||Ocala, FL USA||07/10/07 22:40:22 EDT|
|Nice page. I had fun visiting a few old sights on your page.|
|steve||port richey, fl USA||07/10/07 17:50:28 EDT|
|MIKE! Hey! I know you're busy- but just wondering what you're up to in the diving world for today! We can use a good host!! Esp for us new cavers! Thanks|
|allen allen||Dublin, ga USA||07/08/07 19:35:13 EDT|
|My nefew and I went into a cave close to Tampa about 1962. I remember going down thru a small hole about 20 feet on a rope and then it opened up to a cave about 12-15 feet wide and sloped down. The floor was covered with stones and while we went in the bats came out. We could hear blasting going on so we decided we better come back out. The entrance was hidden in the woods. Allen|
|steve||port richey, USA||06/20/07 20:19:25 EDT|
|Also, if you didn't already know, they are almost done with fixng the decking at Emearld sink in Leon county! Well, hope you get this! Later- dive safe and may the schwartz be with you! Buhler! L8R|
|Steve||USA||06/20/07 20:08:35 EDT|
|Hey Mike- Now newly certified to cave, are you ever thinking about coming out to cave again???! If you are, please email or post on your site- would very much like to dive w/ ya! |
|James Denise||spring hill, FL USA||06/16/07 19:38:39 EDT|
|id like to thank you for the work that you have done. youve showed me and a few of my cavediving buddies a few new spots to check out. hopefully we can report to you our findings on some of the site that you didnt have to much info on. thanks again |
|Pam Keim||Palm Harbor, fl Pinellas||06/09/07 17:40:27 EDT|
|You have, by far, the BEST site on the web for our local springs/sinks. thanks so much!!|
|Chris Newton||Spring Hill, FL USA||06/03/07 19:34:55 EDT|
|Hey, I've "discovered" a sinkhole that I can't find information on anywhere, including your site. I'd like to find out more about it, including diving it my self (to safe limits) and contacting others. Where could I go to find out if people know anything about it?|
|Russ,R||Kissimmee, FL USA||05/27/07 22:57:46 EDT|
|I like this site I have found a lot of nice dives here|
|Alex Warren||St. Petersburg, FL USA||05/24/07 13:17:30 EDT|
|Hi Mike |
I have been fan of your web site for many years. Great work. Please drop me e-mail, so i could contact you privetly.
|Robin Roberts||Atlanta, Ga USA||04/17/07 22:35:08 EDT|
|alias:Captain Planet 442FSW|
|steve||port richey, USA||04/11/07 10:09:41 EDT|
|Just wondering if you ever are going to visit your site again?
Sure, I'm here all the time!
|Brian K Dunn||washington, pa USA||04/08/07 09:36:33 EDT|
|Very nice web site very informative. This one of the best sites that i've read in a long time .Keep up the great work.
|[aoskfdnd||pontiac, mi USA||03/28/07 19:43:30 EST|
|Bob Jackson||Hinesville, GA USA||12/25/06 09:29:20 EST|
|Glad I found your link. I am reading through and find it informative. I ama reasonably new cave diver, and fine sites like yours help expand my knowledge. Thanks|
|Greg bauknight||spring hill, fl USA||11/16/06 19:41:46 EST|
|Hey Mike, I was on one of those early dives in the Jewel with you and Chris. The three of us dropped to 180. I was newly cave certified and I believe you were still open water certified. At 180, you called the dive, and We all went up. I had an early alladin computer and did my deco at the mouth, and you and chris swam back. I popped up 10 minutes later. Remember? All three of us were on air, and I was on double 104s....|
This was before Chris started going to 280 on air. we all thought he was going to die....
|Kimberly||Beverly Hills, Fl USA||11/12/06 19:48:07 EST|
|My friends and I have been into the caves in the withlacooche forest...how many are there people can actually climb into?|
|Doreen LLerena||port richey, fl USA||08/19/06 19:06:41 EDT|
|Hey Mike, not sure if you remember me. I'm Rose LLerena's sister. She played the drums w/you in band. I played clarinet. Just thought I'd say hi! Hope all is well with you & family. I'll tell Rose about your website. Take care. Doreen |
|Charles Read||Leeds, USA||08/15/06 09:24:25 EDT|
|Mike, you have a great site. I'm in Florida for 3 weeks |
starting Thursday, hope to dive some of it - even to
|debbie emanuel||fort worth, tx USA||06/23/06 22:42:13 EDT|
|same name ... check email|
|Steve||port richey, USA||06/19/06 19:03:45 EDT|
|Good God! Few things I should add: BTW the site kicks ass! Been diving here for a while and just wanted to let you know that Joe & Mary might be going bye-bye. Yeah, not the greatest of dives but I contacted Nss and NACD and no ones doing anything to prevent building. I know a few voices can't do anything but just thought I'd letchya know.. 2) Still playing music- I play keys! Welp, I'll check back and forth like I always do! Nie job and look forward to playin/ or diving w/ ya!|
|william k millett||new port richey, fla USA||06/19/06 18:54:38 EDT|
|cool stuff you have here....thks|
|Chris Kules||Palm Harbor, FL USA||06/02/06 02:29:50 EDT|
|Love this site... Been coming back to it for 5-or-6 years.|
Cave cert. through ScubaWest with Paul & Jill.
Can't wait to get wet in a cave again... been out of the water too long!
Cave Dive Buddies:
and a few other deep dwellers...
Looking for a dive buddy? Give me a ring (727) 421-0883
Dive deep, dive far, dive long, but most of all... DIVE SAFE!
|Rose||New Richmond, WI USA||05/18/06 08:35:24 EDT|
|I used to live in Florida and my friends and I discovered Isabella Spring on a hike. We named it wet foot springs. Who knew it was so huge under there, we just stayed on that little platform dock thing and got bitten by the flies.|
|John Tumino||Gainesville, FL USA||05/03/06 10:31:47 EDT|
|Spelunking is a great sport. You should join the FLorida Speluological Society or a grotto near you. Oh and just a suggestion: Don't post locations of caves on the internet. Why? Well the sport can be dangerous for the novice getting someone hurt and the worst is if land owner relations get strained becaase people are trespassing and will spoil it for the rest.
Wow John, it's a good thing the National and State Parks departments don't share your point of view or we would all have to know the secret handshake to find the Grand Canyon, mountains, and other natural treasures. The private landowner issue is definitely a concern though, thats why I funnel what funds I have into the Cave Diving Section of the National Speleological Society; we actively purchase caves every year so they can be preserved for our continued use. The FSS does seem like a great bunch of fun loving folks and I also recommend supporting them as well (I refer lots of people to their website).
|Daniel Jerome||Clearwater, FL USA||05/03/06 09:07:37 EDT|
|I love this site. It has interesting info. My next dive is Crystal Beach. I can't wait to go do it. I was relatively dissapointed with the visability at Howard Park cave.|
|Tim McGuinness||Palm Harbor, FL USA||04/06/06 10:49:29 EDT|
|Hi Mike, it's me (Mr. Lake Tarpon Monster). I have refered you to Mike Terrell, here at the Florida Aquarium - who may be contacting you about cave and sink hole diving. Also note the web address above, it's another of my web projects.|
Hope you all are doing well. Tim McGuinness 727-385-2215
|Brian||Baton Rouge, LA USA||04/04/06 09:02:29 EDT|
|You have a great site here, it was fasinating reading all of your descriptions of the dive sites. It makes me want to take up cave diving! (Don't worry though, I am not going to ;-) )|
|JC||Toronto, ON Canada||03/18/06 20:25:07 EST|
|Thanks for the information on the many wonderful dives in FLA. I will surely be taking a trip down within the next year or two. JC - DiveMaster, Toronto Ont.|
|JB||NY, NY USA||03/16/06 05:00:09 EST|
|Great site! Good job!|
|Charles Cassino||Dunedin, Fl USA||03/14/06 14:08:43 EST|
Back in the seventies my friends and I would visit the Blue Sink on a daily basis. Jumping out of the trees, swinging off the rope swing, sitting in the mulberry tree eating away, drinking a few beers...........ah.............I have many wonderful memories.
As I understand, a private owner bought it about 20 years ago.....bummer......however it is nice to see the Blue Sink is being preserved, a true Florida wonder.
|Madelyn Mateo||Miami, FL USA||03/13/06 20:17:53 EST|
|This is a great site... I will be exploring cave diving|
for the first time this month, and your insight was
helpful. Thank you! Which is your favorite site in Florida?
|Michael W.||Jax, Fl. USA||03/08/06 00:18:32 EST|
|Katie Collins||Jacksonville, FL USA||02/15/06 15:28:02 EST|
|Great information, but I am a fairly new diver and am a little scared of the overhead environment. I am looking for springs with good vis and large openings with little to no overhead. Thanks.|
|arnold||USA||01/31/06 10:11:39 EST|
|Chris Newton||Spring Hill, Fl USA||01/30/06 20:52:15 EST|
|Hey, me yet again. I've been researching abandoned quarries and mines in the area, not much info anywhere. But after a mapquest search, I noticed that Belcher's Mine, which apparently contains |
|Richard Levy||Homosassa, FL USA||01/30/06 09:51:32 EST|
|Great site. would love to get around caving activities, never did any cave exploring before. I see one cave is just east of me off 491, my wife and I may go for a look see.|
|Phent||Milann, NY USA||01/05/06 17:44:26 EST|
|Found your site in google, and it has a lot of usefull information. Thanks. |
|Tim Schmitt||DeBary, FL USA||01/02/06 09:28:02 EST|
|I had lived in Port Richey over 15 years ago. I now am looking into cave diving, I have been diving since the 80's and just completed my NAUI Master diver. I am considering Cave Diving to Supliment Tech/Wreck!|
GREAT SITE Thanks for all your work
|Bob Claudy||Orlando, Fl USA||12/24/05 20:19:27 EST|
|I used to dive Wards many years ago. I would call mike ward and meet him to dive the sink. I lost his number years ago. I heard that there was a big stink over the land with the relatives. Have you heard anything about it. |
I also heard that Arch was going to be opened by the owner on a call in request appointment. Have you heard about this?
Thank you Bob
Bob, Wards sink has been "officially" closed to recreational divers for a few years now (ever since Mikes sister built a house on the property). Any big stink probably had to do with the potential of losing the land to a dead divers family ...release forms and divers wishes mean nothing once a scumbag lawyer convinces the desceased loved ones that theres a buck to be made.
As for Arch, the property is for sale ($600K) and has a contract pending. We'll all have to see what the new owner plans to do with the property.
|Butch Branch||Oklahoma City, OK USA||12/24/05 10:32:20 EST|
|A great website! I hope to be able to dive some of these places someday. I made a "quickie" dive at Ginnie Springs last year, it only whetted an appetite I didn't know I have. |
|Jeffrey Martinroe||Atlanta, GA USA||12/06/05 00:31:03 EST|
|I grew up in Tampa and dived the bay and a few sink holes may years ago. Enjoyed your site.|
|Dave S.||Wesley Chapel , FL USA||11/26/05 19:48:06 EST|
|BTW, I remember diving Jenkins creek in the mid 80's (20 years ago)and the story of the dead diver scratching "I love you mom" was circulating back then. I dove the entrance to the spring under the trees that droop into the water in the picture, but I don't recall seeing any holes big enough to get a person through. Has anybody ever verified that story, or is it an urban legend? What do you think. I also remember someone telling me they dynamited the entrance after the kid died ?|
Dave, it's definitely a true story, his name was Jason Tuskes. See the newspaper accounts of the event in the "Articles" section on my web site. I'm not aware of any dynamite being used on the entrance since it's always been very, very tight and not something you could enter with back mounted tanks. The only thing that should go past the entrance at this site is the beam of a flashlight!
|Dave S||Wesley Chapel, FL USA||11/26/05 19:25:36 EST|
|Springs and sinks page is absolutely awesome. I only wish I had some info to contribute. Please keep this site up. If I try any of the untried sinks I will get you details.|
|Stein Mollerhaug||Oslo, Norway||11/20/05 12:59:12 EST|
|Great and informative site. I am a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer, but have no cave diving experience nor training. Your site uis very inforamtive, and it makes me want to try cave diving - with a professional and safety consious operator like yourself.|
|Scott||Odessa, FL USA||11/19/05 22:26:01 EST|
|Great site and original. As an open water diver, I appreciate that have shared your experience but make it clear that you need considerable training to go where you have gone (and write about it after).|
Neat site you should see (if you haven't already) is http://alanformstone.com. Please keep updating you site.....I may not be a cavern diver but I enjoy all of your adventures.
|michael||tampa, fl USA||11/10/05 09:57:13 EST|
|ty for the inspiration and guidence your website gives me!|
|Chris Newton||Spring Hill, Fl USA||11/05/05 21:43:35 EST|
|I've been through Joe's a couple times. But I was asked to leave by local cops and further questioning revealed that the power company owns that land, and it is trespassing to go there, swim there, and dive there, and I believe that includes the Lost Forty as well, sadly. So for now I am stuck in Hudson Grotto and Hospital Hole. Again, thanks for the site and info.|
|Rolando||Coral Gables, Fl USA||11/05/05 07:40:34 EST|
Good info site, I am a Trimix diver and Basically do Tech wreck diving in the South Florida area. I like the fact that you are NOT a fanatic brown noser of these new diving CULTS and can give me a non interest advice. I have never dove in the Florida springs and would like to know areas I can dive multiple sites that have good Viz and no deeper than 230'. I have no cave training so the sites i would like to visit must be caverns etc.
If you have the time, please let me know and thank you very much.
Deep freshwater sites with good vis and direct access to the surface are almost non-existent. Your requirement for an area with multiple caverns and decent vis points to one spot; the area around the Suwannee & Santa Fe rivers in North Florida. Most of the caverns have been purchased and are pay sites, but hey, I think every most cave diver has visited them at some point. Notible sites include Ginnie Springs, Blue Grotto, Paradise Spring, and Devils Den. If your driving up the West coat of Florida, you may also want to stop in at Manatee Springs.
|Chris Newton||Spring Hill, FL USA||11/03/05 21:19:52 EST|
|Hey, I want to go check out Eagle's Nest (not dive, only open water cert.) My only question is if it is worth snorkeling in the area. Can you see the cave entrance or anything like that. Again, I know better than to dive there.
In the colder parts of the year, the basin clears enough to be able to see the solution tubes, however for most of the summer, there are huge clumps of floating algae (look closely at the pic) that make surface swimming undesirable for most folks. They are like little islands capable of supporting birds, turtles, snakes, etc. If you are interested in exploring a basin that has sloution tubes leading to a chamber below, Joes sinks (on the side of of Hwy 50, East of Weeki Wachee, by the power lines) is a LOT easier to get to and is open water diver friendly.
|mike jetmore||palm harbor, fl USA||10/02/05 21:49:06 EDT|
|I love to snorkel and caves are awesome keep up the good work with your site. diveing scares the crap out of me but I don't think I will ever run out of places to snorkel thanks to sights like yours mike|
|Lacey||Hernando bch., FL USA||08/23/05 00:59:49 EDT|
| your site is AWSOME.. I have been viewing your site for the last couple of years and it has great information! I never relly know about the great dive sites that were close by. THANKS Lacey|
|Claire||st. pete, USA||08/16/05 15:38:27 EDT|
Thank you for your superior site. I'm writing a mystery series "birder murders" - please contact me- I need your expertise and opinions about dry caves near Tampa - site for a kidnapping stash of victim- sure do appreciate your time- good diving! Claire
|Greg Edwards||Palm Harbor, FL USA||08/10/05 22:42:06 EDT|
|Thanks for sharing your website and great experiences!!!|
|Alex Pineiro||Elmendorf AFB, AK USA||07/18/05 20:26:12 EDT|
|Thanks for the nice site you've set up here. I just finished my NACD Cavern in Fl. and I am HOOKED. I hope to be living there in a few years so we may just meet up some day...Thanks again|
|Adam Jones||St. Petersburg, FL USA||07/16/05 01:43:37 EDT|
|Hey Me Man, This is Adam from SDC. I enjoyed your entire website, you like some cool shit. Good stuff. See you at the bars...|
|Scott Byars||Tampa, Fl USA||07/07/05 15:51:56 EDT|
|Just moved to Tampa and your site has been a real help in finding some cave diving around here. Thanks for all the hard work. |
|Casey Driggers||lakeland , fl USA||06/30/05 00:05:41 EDT|
|Mike' when are you going to update your page?I really hope that you have'nt gave up cave diving!! You provided a very important resourse to the community! Hope to here from you soon.|
Hmmmm, you mean change the colors? I like the duckweed green over black abyss color scheme. I did add several new maps and a couple of new spring descriptions in the past month though.
|John||USA||06/12/05 19:15:43 EDT|
|do you have any spring/hole gps #s for gulf waters in the hudson/hernando area?|
|Wayne Powell||Weeki Wachee, FL USA||06/09/05 01:25:20 EDT|
|I have been visiting this site for around 3 years now and each time I learn more about caves abd cave diving. I am NOT a diver of any sorts but truely enjoy the site. Thanks and keep up the great work.|
|Lloyd D. James||Brown Deer, WI USA||05/26/05 21:39:33 EDT|
|I love your site. Your decriptions of the sink holes are fasination to me. I have always wanted to dive, but w/ my sinus problems and small ear channels, has scared me away.|
I loved watching the old diving TV show w/ Lloyd Bridges. There some cool stories on that show. I also like the movie
showing the world record deep diving w/o assistance.
Cave diving looks like you are in another world, with every turn another passage to explore. But I think people who go cave diving are crazy. lol I watch an interesting show of cave diving in N. Zealand where the cave just drops to a very deep shaft after you pass a gentle slope. The divers were trying to go to a record depth. Since the cave was remote they decided to use STD compressed air that they could make on site. I think this was very poor judgement.
The diver were trying to acclimate themselves by diving each day to a deeper depth. I belive this is a dangerous technique.
I love reading alot of books on mountain climbs. Beyond 16,000 ft., you have to do make many trips part way up the mountain to acclimat your your bodies responce to low atmospheric pressure. The more you do this w/o any ozygen,
the better chance you will have of not getting hape or hipe.
I think hape stands for high altitude pulmonary edima. Its funny how diving and mountain climbing are opposites, w/ diving-high pressure and mountain clb.-low press. enviroment.
Good luck to all your diving students, and keep drumming into their heads, to have 3 of everything, and thats 3 extra energizers too! lol
Your fan, Lloyd D. James
|Charlie Anderson||NPR, USA||05/25/05 00:28:02 EDT|
|Awesome website!! I wasn't aware there were so many sinks/caves right in my own back yard. Was trying to find info on submerged cave in Gulf called |
|Billy McCardle Jr.||Canton, Ga USA||04/27/05 17:32:32 EDT|
|I like your website. Stumbled upon it while looking at other cave diving websites. |
|Kagan||brooksville, fl USA||04/25/05 01:08:58 EDT|
|THANK YOU! For such a good presentation of the area.|
As a new diver never realized all these sinks were around me,i guess i can blame you for enrolling into cave certifications!
Keep up the good work.
|Mary Thornhill||Winter Haven, FL USA||04/12/05 14:55:37 EDT|
|Great site. Your information is really good. I have not been to some of these places for years. It is good to see that they are still being explored and protected.|
|Sam Chilie||eustis, fl USA||03/24/05 17:27:19 EST|
|I am an old guy who searches for sinkholes, caves, deep holes in lakes and rivers, and limestone formations off Crystal River and Homosassa. I met a nice gentleman in the Leesburg dive shop who pointed to this site. Any info on deep holes in Lake Harris?|
|jasper rhodes||clearwater, fla USA||03/21/05 19:30:16 EST|
|Thanks for the great info on the caves in the Withlacoochee State Forest. The Borg family and my family will be making a trip on 3/25/05. Wish me luck, between us we have a 4 yr old, 5 yr old and 7 yr old - all girls! When I mentioned bats, my daughter's eyes opened a mile wide and asked if they bite or if there wre any bugs in the cave. If anyone has any further information or has explored the main cave "Dame Cave", let me know.|
Thanks again for sharing your information. I will definately post our expedition with the kids. See you soon, Jasper Rhodes
|Kelle Wilkins||spring hill, fl USA||03/21/05 16:42:45 EST|
|I found this site to be extremely informative. I live a few miles from the joe and marys sink. I used to drive by it everyday on my way to school. I never knew until now that it was a sink. Is there anything else you know about it? I find learning about the natural wonders of my area fascinating. Im going to school currently at fau in boca raton for marine and biospheric biology.|
|June (Taylor) Hicks||Rothesay, NB USA||03/14/05 14:40:16 EST|
|Hey Mike, you probably don't remember me. I came from Canada in January 1976 for 6 months and was in some of your classes at Gulf Junior High.|
|Guy Wallis||Tampa, Fl USA||02/22/05 13:21:42 EST|
|Very useful - good site!|
|mike mullins||Tampa, FL USA||02/10/05 09:55:15 EST|
|Thanks for sharing your information. A friend and I were looking for the Crystal Beach spring where he used to swim as a kid. Because the area has changed so much we were unable to find it. Now we can.|
|chris oskin||tarpon springs, fl USA||01/07/05 17:22:25 EST|
|i really enjoy your site i have been diving locally forabout 8 years and it has mostly in florida springs. It truly is a beatiful and unique enviornment we have here.|
|f||USA||11/25/04 09:35:06 EST|
|You of the website is very good, and I like|
Thanks, I'm glad you like it. Now, quit posting your tiny Chinese mini links in my guestbook..ASSHOLE!
|Sean Adams||sc USA||11/08/04 16:44:53 EST|
|I'm still fairly new to cave diving,but have enjoyed the comradary among the divers I've meet and dove with so far. Your web site is informative and very well done.|
|Diann||Inverness, Fl. USA||11/05/04 09:51:38 EST|
|Great site!Just surfing.I enjoyed it visit very much..|
|Terry Cunningham||fl USA||10/23/04 19:06:39 EDT|
|Nice site .......just surfing......very interesting....|
|joe crosn||USA||10/10/04 19:55:02 EDT|
|there is another "blue sink" in ocala national forest|
good ol swimmin hole since last time h20 was at the rim
(before the help of 3 2004 hurrycanes) in the mid 80's
|joe crosn||USA||10/10/04 19:41:04 EDT|
|there is another "blue sink" in ocala national forest|
good ol swimmin hole since last time h20 was at the rim
(before the help of 3 hurrycanes) ion the mis 80's
|Steve Pantas||Pageland, SC USA||10/02/04 15:21:02 EDT|
|Greetings, I am from Tarpon and come down at least every Jan and try to do some diving while there. I am cave certified and may visit some of the places you have listed. My favorite diving are wrecks and MEG diving in the Cooper River (black water). Thanks for the excellent website. Steve|
|Berny Blanco||Southwest Ranches, FL USA||10/02/04 13:00:03 EDT|
|Jeff Milges||Palm Harbor, FL USA||09/10/04 00:14:07 EDT|
|Very informative website, I live here and didn't know about 90% fo the dive sites ! Thank you!|
|ARY||Flagler Beach, FL USA||08/26/04 15:53:41 EDT|
|Very informative west coast sinks directory, keep doing it!! Thanks a lot for the time spent on this webproject! I was trying to find some info on so called "Ocala Caverns" that suposingly have dry cave and water filled passages. Any ideas where else could i look for it?|
|Robert Wood||NC USA||08/22/04 16:52:23 EDT|
|Great site. I've been reading a lot a about diving--it's
something I've always wanted to do, but never took time to do, so I dive
in my mind thanks to great writing from folks like you. Maybe someday...
|Billy McCardle Jr.||Canton, Ga. USA||08/09/04 16:10:23 EDT|
|I dove in northern Fla. caves years ago and fished Lake
Tarpon more recently with my dad who lived on the lake. I knew of the sinkhole
on the side but never really thought of diving it. Interesting to find
this out about this area.
|mark dow||kingfield, me USA||07/23/04 12:22:19 EDT|
|I GREW UP IN OZONA AND THE BLUE SINK WAS JUST THE PLACES
TO BE IN THE SUMMER TIME BEFORE ALL THE HOUSES THE SPRING WAS JUST OUT
IN THE WOODS I HAVE ALLSO WACHED LIVES LOST IN THAT HOLE AS A KID WHAT
EVER BECAME OF THE BLUE SINK?
|Stu Sterling||Saint Cloud, FLA USA||07/15/04 11:00:36 EDT|
|FANTASTIC SITE!!! INCREDIBLE PICS!!! I'm not a diver but
have always been interested in underwater exploration! Definitely saving
this site to favorites!!! Would love to see more pics and vids!!!
|terry||sarasota, fl USA||07/04/04 22:21:28 EDT|
|I visited the dry caves today!!
Wow they were cool!!
thanks for the tip!If you know of anymore or some good spring/sinksthat are good snorkeling and are relatively unknown to the general public please drop me a line.
Again I really appreciate the trouble you have went through to build this site it is fantastic!
|Kerri||Seminole, FL USA||06/22/04 13:39:52 EDT|
|Your website is very informative. I also was one of the
people in the late 70's who enjoyed Blue sink and think it should be protected
but not horded. Thank you for you website I truley enjoyed it
|SCOTT PULLIAM||holiday, fl USA||06/17/04 16:48:35 EDT|
|craig simon will be missed greatly our prayers go out
to the family.
|tim shields||hudson, fl USA||06/14/04 10:33:42 EDT|
|great site i live in hudson and like to find places to
go for free my buddy and me dove joes sink its ok
my son just got jr. o.w. certified at scuba west and we celabrated at kings spring and three sisters in crystal river what a great place i visit this web site often
|jerry parthemer||englewood, fl USA||06/13/04 19:11:47 EDT|
|fascinating and very informative-THANKS
|kevin bayl||orlando, fl USA||06/13/04 10:01:09 EDT|
|I'm in Iraq at the time .but i live in orange county and
know that there are a lot of springs that people do not talk about!...I
have done a lot a lake dives and found some great springs that way, I'm
looking for stuff that the general public does not know about... Thanks
|CASEY DRIGGERS||LAKELAND, FL USA||06/09/04 22:00:56 EDT|
|MIKE,THANKS FOR PASSING RESPONSIBLE INFORMATION TO CERTIFIED
CAVE DIVERS! JUST LOCATED A POSSIBLE NEW LEAD IN LAKELAND KATHALEEN AREA
EMAIL ME IF YOU HAVE ANY INFO ON LAKELAND CAVES THANK YOU............CASEY
|Tim||pinelas, Fl USA||06/06/04 21:23:33 EDT|
|Back down Howard park hole. The old Sign that was sunk
to the bottom has broken loose or been cut? Found the rock it was tied
to and that is about all of the old stuff that I could find today as vis
was down to 5 - 10 feet, that is
|Kelly Brady||Orange Park, FL USA||06/03/04 14:55:22 EDT|
|Enjoyed the site. Minor correction...in a table that lists
cave diving accidents, Brent Potts is listed as "Intro to Cave Diver"...he
was full cave. I believe the article or table was compiled by Steve Gerrard.
|your niece!!! Chelsea||n.fort myers, FL USA||05/16/04 14:52:09 EDT|
|loved the pictures of the boys their just so cute!!!
see you later! Love Ya
|KIM & JEFF||PT ST LUCIE, FL USA||05/06/04 00:23:13 EDT|
|VERY INFORMATIVE AND STILL ENTERTAINING. THANKS FOR KEEPING
SAFETY IN THE BIG PICTURE!PLEASE KEEP THIS TERRIFIC SITE GOING, THANKS
MIKE! FLORIDA SPRINGS ARE AWESOME!
|Matt||Dunedin, FL USA||05/05/04 03:31:18 EDT|
|Mike, truly amazing site....You took someone with no knowledge
of sinks or caves, and made me a fan...This website is truly awesome. And,
looking at the rest of your site, you are a truly talented man. I want
to live my life like you!!!!
|Theresa Cleary||Apex, NC USA||04/26/04 11:18:45 EDT|
|Mike: Thank you for the very wonderful dive film of Eagle's
Nest. My father was one of the pioneer divers, and lost his life in this
sink hole on 11/4/1967. He reportedly only made it down to 190 feet, so
I wonder if he made it to the main ballroom, though I don't think so. It
looks so wonderful, and I can't think of a better place to remember him
by. Thank you so much, because now I know that it was a magical place,
the last thing my father saw before he died.
|lee pelej||winston, ga USA||04/22/04 13:17:11 EDT|
|did quite a bit of cave diving in Fla. back in the mid
60's when ginnie was jennie springs Youir web site brough back some good
|Dr. Daniel L. Young||Houston, Tx USA||04/22/04 13:15:43 EDT|
|Former Tampa resident (New POrt Richey)
|Eric Brewer||Lawrenceville, GA USA||04/20/04 10:23:26 EDT|
|Great Site, just got back from Vortex and Morrison springs
in the panhandle. I heard that the State just bought Morrison for 4.3 mil....
hope they keep the lower cavern open!!
|Joe Strickland||Tarpon Springs, FL USA||04/18/04 23:27:23 EDT|
Great site! Thanks for sharing your "passion" for cave diving on the internet. I never realized that so many Springs and Sinks were so close by.
|Craig||Loveland, CO USA||04/04/04 01:58:55 EST|
|Thought I would say thanks for taking the time to create
a web page to share an interest with others. Maybe I can return the favor
sometime here in Colorado.
|Cathe Bowker||Tampa, FL USA||03/30/04 22:08:01 EST|
|KIP NIX||SEMINOLE, FL USA||03/30/04 15:25:42 EST|
|EXCELLENT SIGHT. CAN'T WAIT TO GET INTO SOME MORE OF THESE
|Gene Page||Micanopy, FL USA||03/18/04 11:45:38 EST|
|I'm originally from Bradenton and spent a great part of
my youth swimming at Lithia Springs. I often travel down there to visit
family. I would be happy to dive with you at some of these locations. I'm
currently a NSS-CDS Intro to Cave diver, working towards full cave. Thanks
... great website! Gene Page
|Billy Baxter||Grand Rapids, MI USA||02/28/04 23:59:33 EST|
|Chris Newton||Spring Hill, Fl USA||02/21/04 18:40:19 EST|
|Hey, I want to thank you for posting information on many
of the beautiful springs/sinks in Hernando County. I don't scuba yet, and
to be quite honest, hearing of some of these deaths scares me a little.
Thanks in particular for relaying the information about the death at Jenkins
Creek. I always wondered why such a beautiful spring would be closed to
the public. It really is a nice place to kick back for the day and do some
swimming. Minus the barracuda. Anyway, great page!
|Emery Molnar||Pensacola, Fl USA||02/05/04 16:05:32 EST|
|Great site & Safety advice !! Really enjoyed reading
about the very "risky" spring dives and the close calls some have experienced
and LIVED to write about !!! I was PADI & NAUI certified back in 1980,
and dove Vortex, and Morrison Spring back before it was developed into
a dive resort..I can still remember a score-board type sign nailed to a
cypress tree that said "26 divers have lost there lives in this spring,
will YOU be next ??" Made me change my mind about entering the 3rd chamber...Thanks
|Brian Nose||Farmers Branch, TX USA||01/23/04 14:06:40 EST|
|This is the worst web site ever!
|Dan Jordan||Indianapolis, IN USA||01/12/04 12:43:46 EST|
|I love to cave dive even though I am not certified to do
so. I love to sneek into places open water divers should not be. Cave diving
Dan, your'e so right, cave diving IS easy and relaxing too...98% of the time. It's the 2% thats gonna drown ya if you aren't prepared to cope with a problem or don't have the right equipment. Even trained Cave Divers have accidents, the difference is that it's usually a calmer affair. They don't panic and waste their time trying to claw through the ceiling like Open Water divers do. If you aren't going to get some training, at least get some life insurance for your familiy..and PLEASE leave them instructions not to sue the poor landowner, it's not his fault. I want you to enjoy life AND the caves...
|Andy Donato||Marysville, MI USA||01/05/04 20:27:44 EST|
|I'll be visiting my folks in Clearwater next week (jan
12-)and am an avid Great Lakes wreck diver & charter boat operator/owner
(up to and including Trimix but no cave exp). I'm curious where I can get
a dive in around the Tampa area.
|Rich Molnar||Hudson, Fl USA||01/01/04 14:20:47 EST|
|OOOhhh Braaaadd. Just wanted to be the first in 04 to leave
a note. Very cool web site, even thou I'm claustrophobic, and cave diving
would be a Freddy Kruger nightmare. Thanks for bringing me into the cave
from my puter. Have Happy New Year. And be safe in your underground world.
|Evan Howe||Downers Grove, IL USA||12/20/03 22:52:32 EST|
|pretty cool photos of caves
|Stephen Lowell||Plains, Ga. USA||12/13/03 23:00:33 EST|
|Bill Rotella||New Smyrna Beach, Fl USA||12/09/03 22:28:12 EST|
|Enjoyed your site!
|Bill Cronin||Tarpon Springs, FL USA||11/12/03 13:18:09 EST|
I used to dive frequently with Chris Stone several years ago. I'm fairly sure you were there a few times we dove. What ever happened to Chris? Last I heard, he was married, and into sailing, out of the cave business? Anyway, if you get a chance, e-mail me with any info as to his where abouts! Thanks!
|Daryl P Hutsko||StPetersburg, Fl USA||11/09/03 20:26:12 EST|
|Great Dive Site
|tim||hudson, fl USA||11/08/03 00:50:18 EST|
you MUST BE THE MAN
|Brandon Johnson||hudson, florida USA||10/21/03 20:44:04 EDT|
|Very good site visit it very often. Beacon Woods nexxus
is in my back yard Never knew thanks!
|Hanse Stuber||Berlin, USA||10/03/03 08:06:45 EDT|
|Nice page !!!
|Timothy J. Lockard||09/26/03 02:27:04 EDT|
Feel free to use usemy pics and docs of Howard park at:
Just visited Monday 09-22-03 and it was fine
|David Haselden||Hampshire (the original one)), England||09/04/03 14:32:02 EDT|
|Dive mostly in the UK and France but with trips to Florida
each year. This time we're going to take a look at the Tampa area after
a week up north. Looks like the website will be a great help. Thanks.
|Pedro||Miami, FL USA||08/03/03 21:17:43 EDT|
|Very complete and interesting site. I am open water certified
and I am looking into spring diving and want to visit some of the central
florida locations. Not yet into cave diving but we'll see...
|Steven Myli||USA||08/01/03 18:31:05 EDT|
|Great site, we're trying to get into cave diving.
|Michael Foy||Tampa, FL USA||07/27/03 03:30:33 EDT|
|I been visiting your site for many years starting in the
mid 90's. I havent looked at it for a while, WOW is all I can say. Great
body of work here. I have used your directions in the past,and have found
most of the sinks you used to have listed, I even visited Wall Springs
before the park was built. I am now going to look for the Twin D'd and
the dry caves. Thank you for such a GREAT SITE. Michael Foy NSS-CDS Member
|Bob Caldwell||Prattsville, AR USA||07/23/03 13:38:25 EDT|
|Great site. Thanks for all of the information. I'm only
open water certified now, and only have 29 dives, but I am curious about
cave diving. I dove Vortex Springs a few weeks ago. Highly commercial,
but for my level of ability it was fun. I plan to continue my diving, andlook forward to at least my Cavern Certification. Thanks again for a great
|Detlef Hausmann||Leipzig, USA||07/23/03 08:48:33 EDT|
|Hi there , nice page and a good design!
Greets Detlef Hausmann
|Bernhard Gleixner||Oberaudorf, BY Germany||07/20/03 03:19:52 EDT|
|Wonderful page. Very good job. Thanks
|lou||roseville, ca USA||07/20/03 02:26:28 EDT|
|Wow great interesting site. I never dived before. great
pictures.I was telling a friend about a cave tour i walked in, when in
texas and the cave started filling up with water due to a storm that was
passing and we had to leave real quick. we then thought wow that would
have been cool to finish the tour with scuba gear. thats how i found your
site from a search.
|KELLY ANNE||SH, FL USA||07/19/03 10:12:16 EDT|
|VERY COOL WEB WITH VERY COOL PICS AND ARTWORK.
|Billy Pugh||Palmetto, Fl USA||07/17/03 17:21:28 EDT|
|Outstanding website...Thank You...I'll be back, Billy
|Tina Deets||Port Richey, FL USA||06/08/03 10:04:58 EDT|
|I am a total newbie to diving and have found myself addicted
to the springs. Your site is awesome - if a little frightening to such
a beginner. My husband,Warren, an old Coastie, is hooked on your page,
too. He used to dive with Mark Gray, whom we lost touch with but I see
has found your site, too!! Mark, if you read this, we miss you and Lisa
(and Allyson, of course). Thank you for such a responsible web page that
doesn't encourage "testosterone diving" - inexperienced macho diving full
Do you recommend any particular shop to get certified in cave diving? Thanks again.
*** Scuba West in Hudson would be my choice***
|C Jason Wheate||St Louis, Mo USA||06/06/03 18:19:34 EDT|
|Michael Selva||USA||06/03/03 13:14:12 EDT|
|I was looking for a site that would provide the distance
of the canal from Lake Tarpon to the Bay (for jogging purposes) and found
your page. I also like to snorkle in the springs. Very nice page. Thank
|Terri C||Spring Hill, FL USA||05/18/03 22:08:06 EDT|
|Loved the site. Very informative about local dives &
places to explore.
|rick and leslie robinson||USA||05/12/03 20:22:48 EDT|
|Mark Gray||Conway, AR USA||05/08/03 13:46:50 EDT|
|Have been to this site several times to remind me of the
past. Lived in St. Pete and moved away in 97. Have been to many of the
sites you list, even Lolly after L. Hole passed on. Actually met you in
Arch one day as you were going in for a solo. Really miss the beauty of
the underwater FL. If you see Larry G., tell him Mark Gray (banana boy)
|Joe Doles||Willoughby, Oh USA||05/03/03 07:26:29 EDT|
|Thanks for the good information. Nice site. Appreciate
attention to safety information.
|KEN GARRIS||HOLIDAY, FL USA||05/02/03 08:32:29 EDT||N/A|
|LOVE YOUR SITE IM GOING TO GET CERTIFIED FOR CAVE AT SCUBA
WEST.I WANT TO CAVE DIVE BAD
|Camping Supplies||Redmond, WA USA||04/16/03 02:39:16 EDT|
|Just surfing through and found your site. Liked it and
thought I'd drop a note. I'll be back! - Sam w/ Camping
|Andrew Crawford||tampa, fl USA||04/07/03 23:29:11 EDT||drewzpkg|
|You guys rock! Thanx a bunch for giving us pictures and
|Mark Rasmussen||Durham, NC USA||04/04/03 13:54:39 EST|
|Like you page, lots of good info- - drummn' sounds good
|Jeff Seba||Manhattan, KS USA||04/01/03 12:32:55 EST|
|Your website was very informative and interesting. I am
an advanced open water diver in pursuit of my masters. Someday I would
like to take a cavern course to become a better diver. Dive safely.
|your sis||Tampa, Fl USA||03/25/03 23:19:02 EST|
|Just nosin' around, never knew you had all this stuff out
there. Very Cool Love ya!!
|private krankenversicherung||USA||03/24/03 07:17:41 EST|
|Excellent Site. My compliments. keep up that good work.
From -Germany Walter
|private krankenversicherung||USA||03/24/03 07:17:22 EST|
|Hello, just found your site in a searchengine, keep up
the good work. Greetings from Germany
|KENSCHOEN JR||ELLIJAY, GA USA||03/18/03 13:25:37 EST|
|NICE JOB ON WEB SITE
|Jim Garey||Tampa, FL USA||03/16/03 21:48:27 EST|
|Dove the Howard Park Sink on Saturday 15 March 03. We went
at high tide. Vis was poor and it didn't look much like the map. I wonder
if we were in the same tunnel. One tunnel started at the bottom of the
sink (62 feet) and sloped down to the northwest and petered out at a depth
of around 80 feet. Another tunnel began on the east side of the sink at
a depth of around 40 feet and sloped downward for a while. I think we'll
try it at low tide another time and see if the flow and vis is any better.
We did not find a line in either tunnel. The down line that marked the
sink is in place but there is so much encrusting growth on it that the
buoy and line have sunk and are at the bottom of the sink.
|Mark Steingart||Brooksville, FL USA||03/10/03 15:36:13 EST|
Ben a while since I talked with you. Contact me! I've got some new additions for your page.
|RICK SMITH||plantation, fl USA||02/19/03 07:04:53 EST|
|I AM CERTIFIED NACD #24 AND HAVE TAKED A HIATUS FROM CAVING
BUT WOULD LIKE TO SLOWLY GET BACK INTO CAVE DIVING. WOULD BE HAPPPY TO
CORRESPOND AND DIVE SOME EASY SPOTS WITH YOU.
I HAVE 350 CAVE DIVES AND 13000 TOTAL LOGGED DIVES. I AM A NAUI AND PADI INSTRUCTOR AND BOAT CAPTAIN. I AM CURRENTLY A FLIGHT PARAMEDIC AND HAVE PLENTY OF TIME OFF.
|Greg||New Port Richey, FL USA||02/09/03 21:48:50 EST||Florida Springs Database|
|Great site Mike. Keep up the good work. You have some very
enlightening content. There are so many springs and sinks around us and
no one seems to know about them. You definitely have information that can't
be found anywhere else. I'm on my way to check some of these places out.
|Mike Emanuel||USA||02/08/03 23:00:30 EST|
|Hey, no entries in a while...is this thing working????
|Wayne A. Powell||Weeki Wachee, FL United States||01/01/03 19:38:41 EST||N/A|
|Very interesting. I had no information or new nothing about
cave diving. Living near and actually seeing 3 or four of the entrance
ponds featured in your site I became quite interested. Thank you very much
for the education.
|Wayne A. Powell||Greentown, IN United States||12/30/02 11:35:16 EST|
|I'm not a diver, but find the site both interesting and
|Ronnie Bell||Arlington, VA USA||12/29/02 00:29:23 EST|
|Dove the "Jewel" a while back. Very nasty very narcotic
on air! LOL. Just remember 2 in 2 out!
|Sharon||Cape Canaveral, FL USA||12/16/02 15:06:32 EST|
|Great site with loads of pics and info. Am not a caver
but use this site for info for my OW Students so they know Caving requires
detailed training. Thanks for a neat site.
|craig simon||spring hill, fl USA||12/06/02 20:03:11 EST|
|thanks for the great page. you've done alot of ground work
for me. enjoy safely
|james gallagher||bradenton , fla USA||12/05/02 21:19:53 EST|
|hi i am a cave diver,i dive caves in north fl.little river,
peacock,telford & cow spring.i dident know there was any
caves in the tampa aera.just looking around the web.
|chris obrien||vt USA||11/17/02 22:54:09 EST|
|great site iwould like to learn more about cave diving
could you help
|Eric Nolin||Abita Springs, La USA||11/16/02 19:52:31 EST|
|Mike, The Turbodog is awsome but I much prefer the Amber!
|dave meeh...||Oshawa, ont Canada||11/09/02 22:17:23 EST|
|your time and information presented in websit much appreciated.
Spend much time in north fla., looking to try some of the sinks in Tampa
|Deluxe||Washington, US USA||11/08/02 12:45:54 EST|
|Deluxe||Washington, US USA||11/08/02 12:09:36 EST|
|Deluxe||Washington, US USA||11/08/02 12:01:04 EST|
|Casey C. Driggers||Lakeland, FLLot USA||11/06/02 12:59:57 EST|
|Lots of great info.....HI, Robert Brooks give me a call
|jason paquette||sarasota, FL USA||10/25/02 02:02:38 EDT|
|CERTIFIEDS FULL CAVE IN 99 BY PAUL HEINERTH.BEEN TO QUITE
CAVES SINCE I SPENT 4 YEARS IN SPRING HILL!GREAT WEBSITE MIKE!!
|Bill||USA||10/13/02 20:13:47 EDT|
|just visited Howard Park, beautiful place
|Dennis DeRouin||Gulfport, FL USA||10/08/02 19:17:13 EDT|
|Open the E-mail I sent you.
|Rick and Leslie Robinson||Plant City, Florida USA||10/04/02 12:23:47 EDT|
|We are coming up on our 100th cave dives and are also really
interested in dry caving. Great web site!!!! It will be on our favorite
|Mike Emanuel||USA||10/04/02 01:07:03 EDT|
|Abita Springs...whoa, please tell me you enjoy an ice cold
|Eric Nolin||Abita Springs, LA USA||10/03/02 22:00:14 EDT|
|Nice job on the rework of the site. I have been in alot
of these holes and I have had a blast in all of them. Found most of them
from your descriptions an directions. The only regrets of moving from Tampa
are the great cavedivers and the local dive sites. Great job Mike!
|Steve Ridgway||USA||10/03/02 08:56:39 EDT|
Enjoyed your site. No, I'm not even slightly tempted to visit these places - but fascinating reading.
|Kim Fuller||clearwater, fl USA||10/01/02 14:37:10 EDT|
I'm Project Manager for the development of Wall Springs Park. I happened upon your website looking for pics of the spring. I heard someone had dived the cavern of the spring. You are crazy! I would love any information on the spring that you might have.
E-mail if you've got anything unusual that I may not have.
Thanks - Great site...
|Mike Emanuel||Holiday , FL USA||09/23/02 00:54:46 EDT||Mike Emanuels Cave Diving Page|
|Welcome to the updated dive pages and new guestbook format.
I haven't been able to get in much diving lately
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