In October of 2017 the team returned to Blue Spring to resume exploration efforts after working several years in other systems. On 10-14-2017 the dive team of Dirk Bennett and Bob Koch pushed the system out to 5,290′ with a dive time of 12.5 hours. That record was short lived as the dive team of Dirk Bennett and Jason McCord added line and surveyed the system out to 6,800′ at a depth of 315′ with a dive time of 17.5 hours on 11-04-2017. This was truly a team effort. 11-18-2017
The OCDA welcomes Keith Andrews, Jason Wright, David Frawley, Robert LeForce, and Donovan Rayon to the team this year. Welcome aboard!
Returning in the fall of 2016 the team again began exploration efforts in the spring. 600′ of new line was added with the system leveling out at 260′ depth. Sure feels like it is the coldest spring in Missouri with limited visibility.
The OCDA welcomes Eric Sommer and Brian Hayden to the team this year. Welcome aboard. 11-2-2016
On February 13, 2016 Laura Battle, Dirk Bennett, Bob Koch, David Moore, Tucker Palmatier, Ben Perkins, and the Carrol Cave Conservancy team of Bill Gee and Nathan Taylor, traveled downstream through Carroll Cave to check for an outlet in the Lake Room area of Thunder River. It was a long and strenuous day but very rewarding to see how large the Lake Room actually was. You can find videos of the trip here. Project Manager Bill Gee of the Carroll Cave Conservancy also wrote an excellent article on the trip.
The Ozark Cave Diving Alliance is pleased to announce the newest addition to the team, Laura Battle. Laura started cave diving in 2013 and completed over two hundred cave dives in Mexico and Florida over the summers of 2013 and 2014. She interned at The Dive Outpost, a technical dive shop in Florida, is a member of the University of Texas Grotto, exploratory projects at Jacob’s Well (TX), and sump diving activities at Honey Creek Cave, the longest known cave in Texas. We look forward to working with her on our exploratory projects! 11-18-2015
The Ozark Cave Diving Alliance would like to announce a new addition to the team, Joseph McCord. Welcome aboard, sir. 11-19-2105
The Ozark Cave Diving Alliance would like to announce the newest addition to the team, Tucker Palmatier. Welcome aboard! 12-28-2105
In October 2015 the team resumed exploration of the spring that had been previously pushed in 1999. Lots of line repair was needed in this system and weather shut it down before any further work could be accomplished. Dive times are now 6-7 hours in the chilly system.
On August 1, 2015, the OCDA partook in an ongoing exploration project in Lewis Cave of Ripley County, Missouri. The cave, one of the top 35 most biodiverse in Missouri, has a history of use by humans, but could only be accessed up to where the passage becomes fully submerged with water. Members Dirk Bennett and Ben Perkins led an initial exploration effort to cover over 4,000 feet in the cave, observing a part of the world that had never been seen by man before.
**See the full story covered by Wes Johnson of the Springfield News-Leader, here.
UPDATE: the second trip into the system on August 28, 2015 is covered here.
An impressive waterfall observed 4,000 feet back in the cave. Photo Credit: Dirk Bennett
Roubidoux Spring has line set and surveyed out to a distance of 11,256’. Depths vary from 265’ ending at a more modest 145′ depth. Ben and Dirk emerged at 12:30 am to an eager support team waiting to hear the good news while enjoying the frosty 22 degree weather. 12-08-2014
We are proud to reveal the new OCDA website to the public! This new layout will allow more interaction between visitors and members, as well as enable members to post updates as we go out to sites. Stay tuned!