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#4005 - 01/22/06 05:17 PM Florida Springs
ScubaJim2006 Offline
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Registered: 01/22/06
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Loc: Mobile,AL USA
Hi
I am traveling to Florida in May to dive at the Springs. Planning on staying in High Springs. Going to Ginnie, Blue, Troy and a couple others. I think my 6mm wetsuit should be enough for the cold Spring waters.
Jim

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#4006 - 01/23/06 11:26 AM Re: Florida Springs
BrianO Offline
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Your suit should be just fine. Keep in mind that you'll want to take some kind of head covering as you lose 40% of your body heat right from your head. Recommend at least a 3MM beanie. They can be stowed in a BC pocket and deployed and donned underwater without taking your reg out of your mouth. These are also hady for warm water diving if you're making multiple dives in a day over multiple days.

[ 01-23-2006, 11:27 AM: Message edited by: BrianO ]

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#4007 - 01/24/06 10:50 AM Re: Florida Springs
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The cold spring waters you mention are a balmy 74 degrees year round. We visit the spring several times a year and 90% of the time we use 2 mill shorties or tee shirt and shorts. I am sure you will stay warm in 6 mill.

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#4008 - 01/26/06 08:10 AM Re: Florida Springs
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As Tanker1 mentioned, it is 74 degrees. It will depend on how much time you'll be spending in the water over how many days. You may be able to use very little exposure protection on the first day or two, but if you're going to multiple sites over multiple days, you will need heavier cover. Even water that is in the 80s will get cold as it is not 98.6 and will pull the heat out of you over time.

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#4009 - 02/03/06 09:32 PM Re: Florida Springs
scubashep Offline
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skip ginnie its a ripoff man look back through my posts if you cant find it reply but i will give you full info on them i done it last summer and that was biggest ripoff i found. Blue grotto and devils den are worth the trip but ginnie is stupid with obnoctious swimmers and canoes and such.

[ 02-03-2006, 09:34 PM: Message edited by: scubashep ]

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#4010 - 02/04/06 03:44 PM Re: Florida Springs
BrianO Offline
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Wow,
Never heard any input like that, but it is the opinion of someone who's been there - Gotta be worth something. Take a look at the following link for more information on the sites mentioned and a lot more. http://www.floridacaves.com/ This has great info on the sites, their facilities, maps etc...

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#4011 - 02/09/06 05:31 AM Re: Florida Springs
Tanker1 Offline
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Loc: Virginia
Blue Grotto has been sold and from what I've heard it may be closed to diving. As for Gennie my buddies and I have always had a great time there.

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#4012 - 02/09/06 08:55 AM Re: Florida Springs
BrianO Offline
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Loc: Irvine
Again, can't beat the straight skinny right from someone who's been there. In all the years I've been in the industry, I've never heard any complaints, but it's a matter of perspective. I would call ahead and make sure that the location will satisfy your particular needs and the activities you want to engage in.

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#4013 - 02/10/06 07:59 PM Re: Florida Springs
scubashep Offline
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grotto sold???? that is a bummer i was nice 100 ft quickie dive and was interesting. plus was alot of cave traingin there. I know that the hurricanes tore up the place and they lost alot of money but never figured they would sale out.

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#4014 - 02/11/06 08:40 AM Re: Florida Springs
BrianO Offline
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As of today (2/11/06), there has been no change of hands of ownership at Blue Grotto and the same folks that have been there are still there opeating 7 days a week from 8:00 AM to 6:00 every day local time. For any further questions about the Grotto, take a look at the following link. The contact info at the bottom left corner of the page will let you talk to the operators.

http://underwaterflorida.homestead.com/grotto.html

[ 02-11-2006, 09:07 AM: Message edited by: BrianO ]

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