We had made it to the bottom of this ship. The water was murky and deep, but we could see a few shapes farther ahead in the darkness. For me, I knew that meant more discoveries were waiting for us on our exploration dive down here. What will you find if you keep reading? Dive into these articles from around our blog to learn about all sorts of topics related to neuroscience!
I followed my dive buddies down a narrow corridor inside the ship, we had gotten far enough away from the entrance that there was no light visible besides the ones we carried. Swimming through doorways, we continued until the diver leading the group paused and looked back at me. He shined his light down a hatch and signaled to ask if I was okay. I responded with my own “OK” sign and down we went. Swimming inverted down stairs and ladders always feels funny, head first with the bubbles rushing backwards past my face.
A rebreather diver swims by a boiler in the forward engine room of the* USS Spiegel Grove* in Key Largo.
We were inside the Spiegel Grove, one of the most popular wrecks in the Florida Keys, and our destination was the engine room. The path involved entering the wreck, going down one level, straight for a while, and down two more levels. It was not your typical dive on the Spiegel and not a dive to do without Tec diving certifications, experience and planning. Extra safety practices included running a line from the entrance and exit in case silt got stirred up, which could make it difficult to see. We carried plenty of extra gas in case we needed to deal with any issues or problems and we made an extensive dive plan which would be followed; no venturing off to explore places we hadn’t discussed, and time limits based on air consumption and our planned decompression time.