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Ginnie Springs Map

Discussion in 'Cave Diving' started by kosap1, Jul 9, 2009.

  1. Capt Jim Wyatt

    Capt Jim Wyatt Hanging at the 10 Foot Stop Staff Member

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    They do? I have never heard a cave instructor make this statement.

    Jeff Hancock has given me several maps to hold, for sale. If you'd like one of Jeff's maps PM me. They are $130 + shipping.
     
  2. LiteHedded

    LiteHedded Great White

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    I dunno
    you can get yourself in a lot of trouble in the front of that map just as quick as you can in the back :wink:
     
  3. InkDiver

    InkDiver Barracuda

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Tampa, FL
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    As other have already mentioned, there is a lot to do to work on your skills in the front portion of the cave. My larger concern is your level of training. Your profile lists you as a NAUI instructor, but I don't see any indication that you are Cave trained. Could you provide some specifics on your cave training (level/instructor). The reason that I ask is that there have been a number of instances where OW instructors think that they are in some way qualified to dive in caves without actually going through the cave training. You post gives me that feeling. I hope I'm totally wrong and that you have completed Full Cave training (if you want to go to the Henkle, that would be what you'd need).
     
  4. K Mejean

    K Mejean NAUI Instructor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Brandon Florida
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    I don't want to pile on here like we are picking on you but it sure seems like you are headed down a path to get yourself in some serious trouble. Being a Divemaster I have some knowledge of the openwater skills you use as an Instructor and I have to tell you that they are nothing like the skills you will need in a cave system. I hope you have the proper training to go into the Ginnie system because no one wants to have to go in there after your dead body and they don't want to have to tell your family what happened to you. Just keep that in mind as you head down this path. I also think you should start at the front of the cave system and work your way back not the other way around. No map will replace the proper training and time spent learning the cave while in the water.
     
  5. loquat149

    loquat149 Barracuda

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    Location: Clearwater, FL
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    More importantly, isn't the Heinkle like 3,000' from the "Chicks in Tubes"???

    Dave
     
  6. kosap1

    kosap1 Instructor, Scuba

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    Location: Florida
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    I don't want anyone to think I'm jumping in. I was just looking for a map with this posting. I'm not planning nor would I ever do anything without the proper training and experience. I feel like some people have not read my first posting saying that I am going to be taking a cave class, then I will start doing very limited penetration dives, building up to my goal. It is a goal, which if it was obtainable right now, there would be no point in having it as a goal now would it?

    So here is my plan: a) taking a cave class b) diving with a cave instructor on a regular basis for the past 6 months and way into the future c) starting with very limited penetration diving and slowly progressing as he and I feel fit to longer penetration dives.

    I have all of the necessary and recommended equipment for taking the class and for doing actual cave dives.

    I am a pretty cautious person and I welcome advice from others. If you think that I am jumping into something unprepared please let me know what.
     
  7. K Mejean

    K Mejean NAUI Instructor

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    Thank you for the clarification. We are only trying to caution you as well as others. While you have a plan and a goal and sound like you have spent a good deal of time planning this out there are many that do not and end up dead. That being said I believe the cave diving community tries very hard to caution everyone considering making the move. So please don't take it personally.
     
  8. kosap1

    kosap1 Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Florida
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    I know, I am used to the warnings. A good friend of mine is a cave instructor and he takes a lot of that upon himself. I know that it is very dangerous, and that one can never take anything for granted. I have had a small taste of caves and I know that I'm going to enjoy doing it, but I also know that I won't enjoy it at all if not trained properly and thoroughly.

    Thank you for the comments. It is important that everyone considering cave diving or other technical diving specialties know the risks and have the training before attempting the dives and you guys are on top of that here on this forum.
     
  9. Meng_Tze

    Meng_Tze Homo Bonae Voluntatis ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: 246 Bubbleless Cove
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    My view is that there is nothing wrong with having goals, in diving or anywhere else. Having a goal is a good way to focus attention and effort.

    The problem becomes when people can not objectively assess if/when they are exceeding their limits (training, experience, knowledge, comfort etc) and subsequently put themselves in situations they can not get out of.

    Having goals for ones cave diving 'career' is a good thing. Doing goal oriented dives and continuing on regardless of anything is moronic. In cave diving this ends up in certain death. (there are many examples of this)

    What I am saying is, one should always know where to realistically draw the line. That comes with experience and insight over time.
     
  10. contender

    contender Instructor, Scuba

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    Hmmm, So I can actually find this heinkle you all speak of on a map, is it worth swimming to? 3100' seems like an eternity away from breathable air.
     

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