Diving Blue Grotto // PADI Nitrox Class // Williston Florida

Diving Blue Grotto // PADI Nitrox Class // Williston Florida, Diving Blue Grotto // PADI Nitrox Class // Williston Florida

For a weekend PADI Nitrox class, we headed over to Willliston, Florida to dive at Blue Grotto where we could practice everything from gear checks to navigation to dive tables.

Blue Grotto’s website says they are the largest clear water cavern located in the heart of freshwater spring country in Williston, Florida. 

Check In and Orientation

With depths down to 100 feet, and a steady 72° degrees Fahrenheit all year long, it’s a popular spot. Divers need an Open Water certification to dive there, and dive instructors are invited to use the platforms at various depths for dive training exercises.

Diving Blue Grotto // PADI Nitrox Class // Williston Florida, Diving Blue Grotto // PADI Nitrox Class // Williston Florida

Set Up, Suit Up

Our group gathered to set up our gear and prepare to enter the water.

We used the picnic tables for assembling our gear.

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Diving Blue Grotto // PADI Nitrox Class // Williston Florida, Diving Blue Grotto // PADI Nitrox Class // Williston Florida

I brought a 5mm hybrid wetsuit to brave the 72° water temperature, but applied sunscreen for the walk to the deck and surface interval.

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First Stop; Upper Deck

We gathered at the upper deck, checked everyone’s gear, and got ready to descend down a line to a deeper location in the cavern.

Diving Blue Grotto // PADI Nitrox Class // Williston Florida, Diving Blue Grotto // PADI Nitrox Class // Williston Florida

Visibility Unusually Dim

Usually the visibility at Blue Grotto is really clear. Due to seasonal rains, the silt was stirred up. Initially, I was a bit concerned, then realized it was a perfect opportunity to work on my navigation skills.

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Also, I planned to practice with a GoPro with an added light on it. I realized my photography might not be so crisp with the sediment in suspension.

Diving Blue Grotto // PADI Nitrox Class // Williston Florida, Diving Blue Grotto // PADI Nitrox Class // Williston Florida

Checking Depth and Direction

I kept a close watch on my depth – with few visual references, I wanted to make sure I was maintaining neutral bouyancy.

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Diving Blue Grotto // PADI Nitrox Class // Williston Florida, Diving Blue Grotto // PADI Nitrox Class // Williston Florida
Diving Blue Grotto // PADI Nitrox Class // Williston Florida, Diving Blue Grotto // PADI Nitrox Class // Williston Florida

Deepest I Saw

Looks like 95 feet was the deepest I went. The mermaid sculpture was down there somewhere. We followed a rope down, past, and back up toward the surface.

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Diving Blue Grotto // PADI Nitrox Class // Williston Florida, Diving Blue Grotto // PADI Nitrox Class // Williston Florida
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Echoey Diving Air Bell

In Blue Grotto, there is a diving bell-type installation at 30 feet of depth. Fresh air is piped in, so you can surface about to your shoulders inside and talk to each other.

It is extremely echo-ey, so the conversations weren’t long. We took some photos for posterity, and had a few good laughs at ourselves.

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Diving Blue Grotto // PADI Nitrox Class // Williston Florida, Diving Blue Grotto // PADI Nitrox Class // Williston Florida
Diving Blue Grotto // PADI Nitrox Class // Williston Florida, Diving Blue Grotto // PADI Nitrox Class // Williston Florida
Diving Blue Grotto // PADI Nitrox Class // Williston Florida, Diving Blue Grotto // PADI Nitrox Class // Williston Florida
Diving Blue Grotto // PADI Nitrox Class // Williston Florida, Diving Blue Grotto // PADI Nitrox Class // Williston Florida

Super Friendly Turtle

Nigel the turtle makes regular appearances for the scuba divers at Blue Grotto. It’s a female turtle, and I could not get far enough away from her to get many good photos.

So, I ended up with a lot of pictures of her snout!

Diving Blue Grotto // PADI Nitrox Class // Williston Florida, Diving Blue Grotto // PADI Nitrox Class // Williston Florida

Top of Cavern

The top of the cavern at Blue Grotto is very large, with quite evident areas where there is upwelling from the spring.

There are boardwalks around the opening, and decks and walkways leading down to the entry point.

Diving Blue Grotto // PADI Nitrox Class // Williston Florida, Diving Blue Grotto // PADI Nitrox Class // Williston Florida

Three Platforms

Three platforms at Blue Grotto serve as orientation points as well as instructional stopping locations for classes.

I’ve seen divers practicing neutral buoyancy and other skills there over the years.

Diving Blue Grotto // PADI Nitrox Class // Williston Florida, Diving Blue Grotto // PADI Nitrox Class // Williston Florida

Plenty of Fish to Watch

Although freshwater, there really are plenty of fish to watch at Blue Grotto. They are quite tame and used to divers. So, they approach closely and peer inquisitively at you when you are in the shallower areas.

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Blue Grotto Diving and Resort Services

They are open seven days a week. You can contact them Monday through Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Night Dive hours by appointment. For Reservation please contact them by phone +1 352 528 5770
3852 N.E. 172nd Court, Williston, Florida, 32696, USA, 352-528-5770 email: info@divebluegrotto.com

Diving Blue Grotto // PADI Nitrox Class // Williston Florida, Diving Blue Grotto // PADI Nitrox Class // Williston Florida

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