Millions of tourists visit Florida each year in search of sunshine, sandy beaches, and kid friendly theme parks. Other visitors have one main activity on their mind and that is scuba diving!
With a long, sprawling coastline, it’s natural to associate scuba diving in Florida to strictly ocean diving only, but that’s just not the case! If freshwater diving Florida is on your mind, you’d be going to the right place! With over 600 sites to explore, it’s a diver’s paradise. Read on to discover the best springs to dive in Florida.
There are actually numerous freshwater diving Florida opportunities. With limestone rock naturally filtering the water, giving it crystal clear visibility and a temperature of 72 degrees, it is no wonder why beginner and seasoned divers would want to check some of these incredible nature made playgrounds off of their bucket list. While there are over 600 freshwater springs scattered throughout central and northern Florida, here are a few freshwater diving locations for you to consider on your next trip.
Located on the Sante Fe River, Ginnie Springs is a clear water gem. Ginnie Springs is only one of the most popular springs to dive in Florida but rumored to be one of the World’s most loved freshwater dives.
For certified divers who are first time visitors, you may want to bring an additional tank (or two), as there are four spectacular diving spots located throughout the property.
The best part of Ginnie Springs is called The Ballroom, one of Florida’s few overhead environments. This cavern has a maximum depth of 50 feet. It is partially lit by the daylight filtering through the water’s surface. However, it is still advisable to bring torches for further exploration of The Ballroom.
Since recreational swimmers, snorkelers and boaters are not permitted here, divers can solely concentrate on what they came here to do, which is dive, without having to worry about those pesky, unnecessary distractions.
Divers will begin at the 80 ft wide entrance to this 100 ft deep, majestic sinkhole. Once divers reach 30 feet below the surface, there is the one and only fresh air bell in the freshwater diving Florida springs.
Here divers can remove their masks, take a breath of fresh air and even have a quick chat with their diving buddy, if they so desire.
In this 60 foot prehistoric spring, uniquely shaped like a mushroom cap below the water’s surface, divers can explore fossil beds dating back to 75,000 B.C.
If you’re really lucky, you may even discover some extinct animal remains, along with bones and artifacts from the early days.
Freshwater diving is an experience like no other. Click on the map below to view more springs to discover the best springs to dive in Florida.