Ichetucknee Spring Cave Dive | JONATHAN BIRD’S BLUE WORLD


Coming up, Jonathan tries not to get stuck
in a tight Florida cave! Welcome to Jonathan Bird’s Blue World. It’s a beautiful morning on the Suwannee
River. I’m back in Florida to explore some more
of the caves that have made this part of the world famous. But first we need some scuba tanks, so Cameraman
Zach and I are off to visit our friend Wayne Kinard at his dive shop, Amigos Dive Center. Amigos is one of the only dive shops I have
ever visited that allows guests to fill their own tanks at any time of the day or night. Zach knows the drill, so he is filling our
tanks with nitrox. We pack the van and we’re off to Ichetucknee
Springs State Park. Divers must register on the way in so the
rangers can keep track of who is in the water. It’s a long walk with the gear, so Wayne
allows us to use his heavy duty dive cart. Someone has to film this, so I make Zach pull
the cart! But I feel bad so I take over halfway through. This thing is heavy! Wow, I can see why you are tired! If this scene looks familiar, it’s because
I dove here last year. Yep, you know its official name is Blue Hole
Spring, but all the locals call it Jug Hole. Zach knows where there may be a couple cool
fossils to check out. And then you go through… I’m really looking forward to squeezing
through the bedding plane again. It’s like a layer—a soft layer—between
two layers of rock. And all the soft stuff got removed so now
it’s a very narrow flat area which is really really fun. And you can only fit with sidemount. And then we’re going to go past the diamond
sands restriction, which is also sidemount. And past that is where we are going to try
to find some fossils. It’s going to be cool. It’s a gray, overcast day at the spring,
but it won’t bother me in a cave. Since the water comes from deep inside the
Earth, it’s nice and crystal clear even though the weather is rainy. It’s flowing fast and we have to swim hard
to get down into the cave. The current is so strong that it blows the
sand around at the bottom! We push past the cavern zone where you can
see light from the entrance, and we reach the stop sign, which warns divers without
cave training to stay out. Past the stop sign, we enter my favorite part
of this cave—the bedding plane. It’s just high enough to squeeze through
with sidemount. If I had tanks on my back, I wouldn’t fit. The current through here is strong, and you
have to kick like crazy, which stirs up silt. Fortunately, the current carries the silt
away quickly. Zach is behind me getting my silt cloud. I’m glad I went first! The gold-colored line leads the way out. This keeps cave divers from getting lost. We will never go out of sight of this line. At the end of the bedding plane, we push on,
deeper into the cave. We follow the line to a small restriction
known as the diamond sands, due to the nature of the minerals in the sand sparkling in the
current that rips through. On the other side, the cave opens up, so the
flow feels slower. Zach goes ahead and leads the way to a spot
where he finds some fossils. He points out some type of a bone, and a fossilized
alligator spine called a skute from an ancient species of alligator, at least 11,000 years
old! How it got in here is a mystery! We also find a fossilized sand dollar, proving
that this area was once part of the ocean floor when sea levels were higher. Turning around to head out of the cave, we
coast with the current, like drifting lazily down a river. But we have to be careful about creating silt,
because it will drift with us. You would think it would be easier to go through
the restriction with the current, but in fact it tends to jam you in crooked so you get
stuck. This is why we wear helmets. Going back out through the bedding plane is
fun but it pushes you hard and it’s difficult to maintain control. Back in the cavern zone, we investigate a
dead end chimney that doesn’t lead to the surface. Getting stuck in here would be bad. Finally we rise to the surface having completed
another exciting cave dive. The weather has turned for the worse! I’m trying to decide if I should even get
out of my wetsuit. We head back to Amigos to fill the tanks for
our next dive, and you won’t believe where we go. Stay tuned!

100 thoughts on “Ichetucknee Spring Cave Dive | JONATHAN BIRD’S BLUE WORLD

  1. Hey Johnathon, Love the videos, but I reckon you could get more out of your diving if you dived a rebreather…… all the cool kids (and photographers) have them

  2. Talk about danger to the extreme. Soo many things that can go wrong. And if anything does go wrong youre basically screwed. You gotta have some seriously huge balls to do this. But the reward is amazing. Beautiful water and awesome looking caves.

  3. i wish I scuba dived with you. I always wanted to scuba dive. I love your videos they teach me how to scuba dive .I want to take the exams to scuba dive but my mom dosent know eny schools. can you send me a link of a school that's good for 10 year olds

  4. I’m not claustrophobic at all. But I have scuba dived before and was very nervous the whole time. I got anxious just watching squeeze through that!

  5. Awesome footage! I really enjoy your videos. They are well made cutting and music… Thumbs up. And cave diving in such confined space? Respect! Greetings from Germany

  6. I'm claustrophobic and couldn't imagine ever doing something like this. But I'm also fascinated by it and the people who do it.

  7. As beautiful and interesting as it looks, I'm gonna say "nope" to squeezing through those passages underwater.

  8. This is so beautiful!!! Coming over from Brave Wildernes, the caves in your intro REALLY caught my attention and now I'm binge watching them!

  9. been watching a lot of spelunking and cave diving videos and wow! yours is really really cool. the narration is funny and you make this a lighthearted fun thing to watch (i am past the claustrophobia part of it now). Awesome.

  10. Where do those bubbles on the top go? Do they stay there for long periods of time on the roof of the cave or do they slowly diffuse outward?

  11. Amazing video, super dangerous, remarkable to be able to flim such an extreeme dive, beautiful. I've never seen a video like this.

  12. The Diamond Sands Restriction seems much longer than the Bedding Plane Restricion but it seems to be the opposite in the video. Very nice video though!

  13. @BlueWorldTV Jonathan, what a sight! Talk about breathtakingly beautiful, but unnervingly uncomfortable! I'm getting squeamish!

  14. OMH I'd HATE getting stuck!!! Deffo not a dive you do without a good few pals & a good amount of experience!!!… It even scared me!!! Sharky xxx

  15. Beautiful! Pls go to Vietnam, there you can dive in one of the longest caves in the world. Thank you for the video.

  16. I get anxious and afraid watching these cave diving videos but I keep watching. LOL SMDH I have to keep closing my eyes and focusing on my breathing just to watch this video. Bwaaaaahaahaahaa!!!

  17. Just really stunning photography here guys. Really amazing how you coast through those spaces without kicking up too much silt. Makes me abt to work on my finning skills.

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