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“A Nice site to train,dive,brush up on skill's”
Review of Blue Grotto

Blue Grotto
Ranked #1 of 8 things to do in Williston
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Cavern and cave diving site.
Reviewed April 3, 2010

Blue Grotto is a guaranteed site to see in North Florida spring country.as with boat and ocean dives the weather can cancel your dives making training impossible as with a spring not on the river system like Blue Grotto weather makes this site accessible year round and winter and early spring months a very quiet time as the locals tend to stay a way as it cools down. A great way to work on skills,weights,new equipment,juior divers,ect,,
we have been there over the years,Thanks giving to April spring break just a few days ago.
water clarity 100' + if not stirred up by large groups
water temps 72 Deg,F.
marine life ,catfish, turtles,fish,crappie and so on.
training platforms
air bell on cavern ceiling 20'
max depth 95'FSW
hot showers and rinse stations on site
staging areas and picnic tables
ease of entry/exit 5 stars!
air fills/ equipment rentals on site

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Reviewed February 1, 2010

Simply put... this is a fun dive. We went in February of 2010. It was 48 degrees outside when we woke up that morning in Gainesville, FL. I think it was in the low 50's by the time we were at Blue Grotto, all checked in, and ready to dive. Going at this time of year enabled us to have the entire grounds to ourselves! We expected a small crowd because of the time of year, but having the entire place to ourselves was awesome. If you can handle being a bit cold, go during this time of year to avoid the crowds.

I must note that there was a group of eight divers just the day before we went. A reservation sign was still up for them, so my guess is that you have better odds of getting a nice, quiet dive to yourself going in the winter. But it still isn't a guarantee.

After you check-in and get your equipment or air fills, you can drive right up to one of the picnic tables to gear up. After taking about 20 or so steps, you're on the deck over the water. You get a great view of the mossy limestone surrounding the sinkhole. You can look down in the water through several shades of blue, and see several platforms for launching from once submersed. It's important to hit those. Otherwise, you hit the bottom and they stress that you stay off the bottom at Blue Grotto. They say visibility gets real bad if you stir up the bottom there.

The coolest feature at Blue Grotto is the air bell at 30 feet. I had never experienced breathing compressed air while still at 20 feet of dive depth in an open space before. Pretty cool. The bell has plenty of space for two divers to occupy. They say it can hold six divers at once, but that would be a tight fit. It was great to have the option to go up into the bell and have a conversation with my dive buddy without having to go all the way to surface.

We were not advanced dive certified at the time of this dive, so we stopped at about 50 feet deep. Once you get to about 40 feet, you enter a crevice that takes you down to about 60 feet or so. Then the light starts to disappear at that point. If you are advanced certified, you can proceed into the black to the bottom at 100 feet.

As far as aquatic life goes, we had many minnows (or maybe killifish) swimming all around us near the surface. They thinned out as we dove deeper. I did have one swimming past my mask at 40 feet. We saw a moderately sized brown bullhead swim past at about 30 feet. They look just like a catfish. It was about 18-22 inches long.

If you visit the ceiling of the cave, you will see all of these spotted mirrors along the rock. It was extremely cool looking, so I investigated further. They looked like liquid metal spots all over the ceiling. As I moved up closer to the ceiling, it was very easy to see that my air bubbles were being trapped. As a whole, it made the ceiling over the cavern look decorated.

After a dive time of about 45 minutes, we started getting cold. Exiting the water was a breeze. The air temperature by that time was about 57 degrees. We were able to get a warm shower in the restrooms they provide. And check-out was friendly. No problems.

I would recommend this site to any certified diver. This spring can only be explored by certified scuba divers. No one can even swim in it. It is for divers only, which I thought was nice. If you haven't ever dove in a Florida spring, this is a good place to start. And if you get the whole place to yourself, it will easily be a dive to remember.

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