Scuba Diving In Variable Visibility Waters Is Normal For Midwestern Divers

Posted on by Joe Jackson

I went scuba diving at Hidden Paradise in St. Paul, Indiana yesterday. It’s a shallow rock quarry, maybe twenty-five feet deep in spots. My max on this dive was twenty feet deep.

Over the years that I dove there the pond’s visibility varied from a very rare twenty-plus feet to so low that you can’t read your gauges. (No matter how close you get them to your mask.)

Just to keep track of where your dive buddy is you sometimes need a rope tied between you.

Yesterday was decent though. I had visibility of ten to fifteen feet everywhere I finned. Real good for this dive spot.

I started my descent at the sailboat. I hadn’t visited it before, and decided to look it over. As I snorkeled over to the marker buoy I eased in to my scuba breathing technique.

When I reached the buoy I found a twenty to twenty-two foot boat sitting upright. The mast is still in place, and reaches to just below the water surface with the top of the boat around fifteen feet.

The deck is open into the cabin, and I dropped in to have a look around. Although it was a bright sunny day the interior forward of the cabin was dark. Fortunately I always carry a small dive light for those opportunities to explore crevices in the rock piles. The light rewarded me with an introduction to a big small mouth bass

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