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New Beginnings…

Wow, I can’t believe it’s been a year since I updated my blog/website! My apologies to my friends who’ve kept asking me when I’m going to work on it, but it has been a hectic year to say the least. I’ve had some major lifestyle changes going on, but no worries, I’m still cave diving as much as I can….. 🙂

Couple of great things have happened this past year though, I’ve been having fun with sidemount cave diving and while I’m still doing a lot of back mounting, I’d say it’s about a 50/50 split these days. It’s opened up some really spectacular systems, plus a whole bunch of river caves and the redundancy for solo cave diving is just fantastic. I’ve threw an older pic up on here for y’all to enjoy.

I’d also promised myself that once I had the sidemount cave diving down, I was going to move on and try something new. Well, I finally broke down and bought an ISC Megalodon Rebreather which my friend Ted is attempting to educate me on. Guess I’m a bit of a “nose breather” and apparently my new nickname is “yo-yo”, don’t ask, I think you can get the general picture… 🙂 I must say though, that I love my new toy and can’t wait to start integrating it into my cave diving!

I’ve been teaching an awful lot of classes this past year, but am still happy to say that my fun dives are outnumbering my teaching dives and if this was ever to reverse, I might have to do some serious reevaluation on my lifestyle choices! I’ll be updating this on a much more consistent basis now, I promise, so keep an eye on things and hopefully I can keep y’all amused with some cave diving tales.

I also just found out that I’m now a member of the Hart Springs Diving Advisory Board in Gilchrist County so I’ll be spending a lot of time trying to do more line maintenance down there and making the cave safer for the general public since it’s now open to unguided cave diving! As most of you know, I’m not a huge fan of guided systems, but I suppose it’s better than not being able to dive it at all, and the fact that the Little Hart entrance is now open to the general cave diving population, with the appropriate pre-reqs, is absolutely brilliant! In fact, if anyone ever wants to go diving there, just let me know and I’d be more than happy to accompany you. More info about the park itself can be found here…. http://hartsprings.com/

If anyone ever wants to chat about cave diving in person, you can usually find me at Cave Excursions East in High Springs on the weekends. As for the blog/website I’ll also start putting up some hints and tricks to make your cave diving kick ass, since I’ve had such a good response on the Scooter Rigging 101 article I put up on here last year.

Well, as usual, thanks for taking the time to read my random ramblings, be safe out there when you’re swimming or scootering through our unimaginably beautiful underwater rivers and please, try to keep your fins up, your stress level down and make sure the number of ascents equal the number of descents!

  1. carlos Fonseca Said,

    Hey Rich, as you know it has been a pleasure having you as my cave instructor, always looking forward to diving with you again and again, hope to see you here in Canada for some wreck dive’nn this summer for you to had to your blog :))) and we’ll see you in High Springs again in October to continue our trainning. In the meantime keep up the awesome work. Cheers

    Carlos Fonseca

  2. Kristi Said,

    Eileen and I will be at a friendly cave near you later this week. I look forward to seeing you at Cave East this weekend and reading more of your sidemount blogs.

  3. Andrew Said,

    RIP Carlos Fonseca. I didn’t really know you, but that doesn’t matter when it comes to the welfare of a fellow diver.
    Andrew

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