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DIVING IN CENTRAL FLORIDA

October 16th, 2017 12:11 PM by ERA Big Sun Realty



DIVING SITE CENTRAL FLORIDA
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??Alexander Springs- 
Alexander is a very calm spring of 80 meters wide. There are small caverns. The main one can be penetrated for about 10 ft (entrance at 23 feet). 
There is a lot of marine wildlife here and a chance you might even see an aligator!


Apopka Springs-

The spring pool is roughly circular, between 100 and 200 ft in diameter in a semitropical swamp. When spring flow is high, the pool is clean and clear, but when flow is low, murky lake water may cloud the pool. Advanced level cave diving (bring your light!). Apopka Spring is located in a semitropical swamp, and is also called Gourdneck Sink or Gourd Neck.  Featuring a large circular pool that is normally crystal clear, this wonderful cave dive is subject to poor conditions when the spring level is low – then, muddy conditions can happen.  You’ll need to be an advanced level cave diver to enjoy this site. 

Blue Grotto-
The spring pool is roughly circular, between 100 and 200 ft in diameter in a semitropical swamp.When spring flow is high, the pool is clean and clear, but when flow is low, murky lake water may cloud the pool. Advanced level cave diving (bring your light!).
A massive sinkhole angling down to a depth of 100 feet makes this the deepest of the cavern springs on WadesPage. An air bell at 30' adds interest and a million candlepower underwater light system adds to the safety. There is no current, and the water temperature is the constant 72F of Florida's springs. Since it's within a mile of Devil's Den, I recommend doing both in the same day


Blue Springs-
Blue spring is well known for its manatees (they usually come up from St John's river during winter season). Remember that Manatees are protected animals (you should not be less than 50 feet from them).To enter the spring, go N past the concession area, you will find steps. The cave is located at the run's N end (cave entrence at 3m deep).

Hunter Springs-
Diving in Crystal River - Hunter Spring is Interesting. You can find Interesting Typically, visibility is Good ( 10 - 30 m). The average depth is 6 m / 19.7 ft . To reach Crystal River - Hunter Spring you have to do it From shore . This dive site is best suited for All divers divers.

King's Springs-
Many people come here to dive and snorkel because of the large manatee population that migrate up into the warm natural spring fed waters that remain a constant 72 degrees all year round.During the winter months, Crystal River boasts the largest manatee population and is the only place in the world that you can swim with the manatees during our manatee tours

Three Sisters- 
Diving in Crystal River - Three Sisters Springs is Poor. You can find Poor Typically, visibility is Good ( 10 - 30 m). The average depth is 9 m / 29.5 ft . To reach Crystal River - Three Sisters Springs you have to do it From shore. This dive site is best suited for All divers divers.

Deleon Springs- 
Diving in DeLeon Sprongs is Interesting. You can find Interesting Typically, visibility is Good ( 10 - 30 m). The average depth is 12.0 m / 39.4 ft. To reach DeLeon Sprongs you have to do it From shore. This dive site is best suited for All divers divers.  Only used for scuba instruction... Damned! 

Devil's Den-
"Visit one of North America's most prehistoric places, Devil's Den -- an underground spring inside a dry cave in central Florida. The remains of many extinct animals from the Pleistocene Age (2 million - 10,000 years ago) were discovered at Devil's Den, including the bones of early man, dating back to 75,000 B.C.
The pleasant year-around temperature of 72 degrees in the Den allows comfortable diving, winter or summer. On cold winter mornings you can see steam, like smoke, rising from the cave's chimney. Hence, the early settlers called the place Devil's Den.
You'll find open water and cavern diving at its best & will be fascinated by the rock formations with stalactites and 33 million year old fossil beds, truly a natural wonder."
Entrance fee is approx $27. Water temp is 72?F all year round.


Ginnie Springs-
This is a full service facility with something for everyone.
Ginnie Spring has a wonderful cavern and is open to open water divers. There are a number of other dives at this with limited open water area and then a lot of cave. 
Great campground and facilities.
 

Paradise Springs-
Diving in Paradise Springs is Poor. You can find Poor Typically, visibility is Medium ( 5 - 10 m). The average depth is 42.7 m / 140.1 ft . To reach Paradise Springs you have to do it From shore This dive site is best suited for CMAS * / OW divers. This is a commercially operated dive site. Entrance fee is $27. Only certified cave divers can reach 140'

Rainbow Springs-
Biology interest is based on both land and water creatures, especially birds and large freshwater fish. Week-end frequency based on holidays and summertime, otherwise not too bad in the early morning when the best animals are active. Very quiet setting, recommended to get there EARLY, 8am when the park opens, to beat any crowds and big dive classes (they arrive around 11:30 or 12 usually). Gentle current allows good introduction into handling your buoyancy on a drift dive. Gentle sloping landscape underwater, worst thing you'll run into is tall grass or a sunken log. In various spots the spring feeding the river bubbles up from the sand, and from small caves, which is quite interesting the first time someone experiences it (seeing the sand "boil," feeling the temperature differences). Large alligator gar and turtles may come by to say hello

Posted by ERA Big Sun Realty on October 16th, 2017 12:11 PM

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