Have you ever dove in any natural spring systems?

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asked Feb 17, 2017 in Scuba Diving by Deepbeastbeneath (100 points)
I'd like to hear about your experiences and how it differs from other types of diving.

3 Answers

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answered Feb 24, 2017 by A_WakeSkate (70 points)
When I was getting scuba certified while living in the Orlando area we dove is springs. Ponce De Leon springs allows scuba diving classes by certified instructors only. The water is very clear. The water temperature is 72 degrees year-round (all springs are). I have not personally dove in any of the cave systems; or no deeper than a snorkel will allow. I do not recommend cave diving unless you are certified to do so.
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answered Apr 26, 2017 by George1224 (5,147 points)
I'm diving in one this weekend. Vortex Springs near Destin Florida, DeFuniak Springs Florida to be more precise. The water is deep enough to certify AOW divers (60ft min). Its actually much deeper though. Its clear and around 70 degrees year round. We take divers here because of the visibility. If you start early in the day its very clear. If you go late in the day the silt get stirred up and vis goes down. Its a busy place, Multiple dive instructors use the Springs, We are taking 40 plus divers this weekend , OW, AOW, and Rescue. It's going to be a busy and fun time. As far as how it differs, depends on the types of diving you normally do. The Springs are fresh water so less weight is needed compared to salt water, but you will need a 5 mil exposure suit which requires more weight than diving salt in tropical warm water with a swim suit.
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answered Apr 26, 2017 by Cvet (3,369 points)
When very deep into a cave system I felt I could hear my heart beating. It was one of the best dives I've ever made, knowing only a few divers have been where I was. I have a new respect for all cave divers.
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