Grotto Guide Orientaton Course

Primary Risk Factors

As with every dive site in the world, there are numerous risks and hazards associated with diving the Grotto. Some of these, however, are more significant than others, and deserve the most attention from you and your students and customers.

11 What are the three primary hazards associated with diving the Grotto?.

The three primary hazards associated with diving the Grotto are:

  • Depths at or beyond the recommended limit for recreational diving. Ironically, although this presents perhaps the most significant risk to recreational divers, it is the very factor that brings technical students and divers to the Grotto.
Overhead Obstructions
  • Overhead obstructions, such as overhanging walls, docks, training platforms and buoys. Looking up while you come up is important on every dive — but especially so at the Grotto.
  • Less-than-perfect visibility. During most of the year, visibility at the Grotto can be in the 10-15 m/30-50 ft range. Although this might be considered excellent visibility elsewhere, it is less than what divers expect to see at most north-central Florida dive sites. What is significant about the visibility at the Grotto is that, unless you remain in close proximity to the walls, bottom, guidelines or artifacts, you will have no visual references to provide navigational clues or warn of uncontrolled ascents or descents.

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