I'm covering for my instructor for a couple weeks while she enjoys some Red Sea diving. Yesterday was the first day of class for the fall quarter group and we had 4 of the 7 who signed up show up. I was chatting with them during the tread portion of the swim test when one asked if divers could dive private property with permission.
Naturally we were curious
Turns out a good friend of his owns some mined property in a nearby town. He said they are gravel pits and the max depth is 150 feet (ummmm....); he's been swimming in them and said if you don't disturb the bottom too much when you enter you can see about 12 feet horizontally.
We feel as responsible divers it's our duty to explain the importance of diving with a buddy. We also feel that it's our duty to volunteer to be a buddy in the case of an area with unknown hazards that a new diver might not realize they need to be wary of
Maybe late in the fall or early next year I'll have another virgin gravel pit story The student said he always wanted to see what was deeper in the gravel pit but the water is chilly and even colder at depth so his friends weren't interested in more than surface swimming.
I think I like this exploration of new places phase I seem to have recently fallen into
Near as I can tell it's one of these pits he's talking about. He said a couple of the pits are inaccessible and have steep sides that you wouldn't be able to exit once you were in them. He called them Lime Pits...need to do a little research on that one.