Dive Sites

We’ve listed several scuba diving sites here located throughout the world. This page presents a quick reference to the various sites. It includes information on scuba diving in several Florida fresh water springs, as well several fresh water sites in the southwest, the Sea of Cortez, San Diego and the Caribbean. Click on the individual sites using the drop
down menu at the top of the page to view more detailed information on each of the sites. We have added a certification recommended column for the Florida dive sites. Some of the sites that we recommend cavern certification do allow OW divers to dive there. However, we strongly encourage anyone to dive those sites to take a cavern course and get the overhead training. Please dive within your training limits. If you still think you might want to check out the overhead environments without the proper training, read the next few paragraphs and then watch the videos that follow.

So you want to dive the fresh water springs of N. Florida. Diving the springs can be very safe and enjoyable…as long as you stay within your training limitations. There are several springs that are open water friendly, meaning you don’t have to go into an overhead. Several of these springs lead to caverns and caves. We ask that you not enter the caverns or caves without proper training and experience. Several divers, including open water instructors have died in overhead environments because they lacked the training. They left behind spouses and children wondering why their loved one went into an underwater cave.

Tens of thousands of cavern and cave dives are done every year by divers trained to dive those environments. They made the time and effort to learn how to dive these underwater treasures safely. Please don’t become another statistic. Get trained!

If you’re still not sure and want to venture into the overhead without proper training, watch the following three videos:


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Location
Visibility
Depth
Temp
Entry type
Rating
Training/ Cert. level

Florida

 

Florida Springs
200′ 130’+ 68-72 Shore/ Boat Excellent diving OW through Cave
Alexander Spring
200′ 30′ 72 Shore Very good diving OW
Blue Grotto
200′ 110′ 72 Shore Average diving OW through Cavern
Blue Springs/ Orange City
200′ 130’+ 72 Shore Very good diving OW through Cave
Bozel
200′ 120′ 68 Boat Excellent diving Cave
Cow Spring
200′ 110′ 72 Shore (private access) Excellent diving Cave, must be CDS member
Ginnie Springs
200′ 55′ 72 Shore/ Boat Very good diving OW through Cave
Jackson Blue Spring
200′ 95’+ 69 Shore/ Boat Excellent diving Cavern through Cave
King Spring
200′ 55′ 72 Boat Average diving Cavern
Little River
200′ 110′ 72 Shore/ Boat Excellent diving Cavern through Cave
Maddachalk
100′ 40′ 68 Boat Excellent diving Cavern through Cave
Madison Blue Spring
200′ 100′ + 72 Shore Excellent diving Cavern through Cave
Merritt’s Mill Pond
10-60′ 100′ + 55-69 Boat Excellent diving Cavern through Cave
Morrison Spring
200′ 85’+ 69 Shore/ Boat Excellent diving OW through Cavern
Orange Grove
200′ 85’+ 72 Shore Excellent diving OW through Cave
Paradise Spring
200′ 110’+ 72 Shore Very good diving Cavern through Cave
Peacock Springs
60′ 80′ 72 Shore Excellent diving Cavern through Cave
Promise Sink
40′ 130’+ 69 Shore Excellent diving Cavern through Cave
Rainbow River
200′ 25’+ 72 Shore/ Boat Excellent diving OW
Troy Spring
200′ 80’+ 72 Shore/ Boat Very good diving OW
Vortex Spring
60′ 110’+ 69 Shore Average diving OW through Cave
USS Oriskany
20-100′ 225′ 60-85 Boat Above average diving Tech
Destin Jetties
0-25′ 25′ 60-85 Shore Average diving OW
St. Andrews Jetties
0-25′ 70′ 60-85 Shore Above average diving OW
Fort Lauderdale
20-50′ 15-130+’ 60-85 Shore/ Boat Above average diving OW

Missouri

 

Cannonball Cave
0-50′ 300’+ 55-57 Shore Excellent diving Cave
Roubidoux Spring
0-50′ 250’+ 55-69 Shore Excellent diving Cave

Arizona

 

Apache Lake, AZ
mud 80′ 50-85 Shore/ Boat Don’t bother
Bartlett Lake, AZ
5-10′ 100′ + 50-85 Shore/ Boat Poor diving
Canyon Lake, AZ
5-10′ 100′ + 50-85 Shore/ Boat Poor diving
Fool Hollow Lake, AZ
5′ 30-40′ when full 50-85 Shore Poor diving
Lake Havasu, AZ
3-20′ 60 feet 40s-80s Shore/ Boat Can be good diving
Imperial Reservoir, AZ
less than 3′ unknown 50-85 Shore/ Boat Poor diving
Lake Martinez, AZ
less than 3′ unknown 50-85 Not worth it Not worth it
Lake Mary, upper and lower, AZ
mud 20′ when full 50-85 Shore/ Boat Poor diving
Lake Mohave, AZ
30′ 100′ 50-85 Shore/ Boat Very good diving
Mormon Lake, AZ
mud 20′ when full 50-85 Shore Poor diving
Parker Canyon Lake, AZ
5′ 80′ 50-85 Shore/ Boat Okay diving
Lake Patagonia, AZ
mud 80′ 50-85 Shore/ Boat Poor diving
Pena Blanca Lake, AZ
5′ 80′ 50-85 Shore/ Boat Poor diving
Lake Pleasant, AZ
20-30′ 260′ when full 50-85 Shore/ Boat Above average diving
Rose Canyon Lake, AZ
3′ 20′ 50-75 Prohibited No diving allowed
Saguaro Lake, AZ
mud 120′ 50-85 Shore/ Boat Poor diving
Does have submerged vehicles, though.
San Carlos Reservoir, AZ
worse than mud unknown, almost drained 50-85 Not worth it Not worth it

Nevada

 

Lake Mead, NV
5-30′ 500′ + when full 55-85 Shore/ Boat Above average when the lake level if full

New Mexico

 

Santa Rosa Blue Hole, NM
80′ 86′ 64 Shore BTDT
Perch Lake, NM
5-15′ 50′ + 55-80 Shore Average diving

California

 

San Diego, CA
5-25′ 130′ + 45-75 Shore/ Boat Above average diving

Around the U.S.

 

Dive Valhalla, TX
60′ 130′ 60 Stairs to platform BTDT
Dutch Spring, PA
60′ 100′ 45-75, 10 degree thermocline every 30′ Shore Good diving
Lake Michigan, IL 30-50′ 30-130’+ 42-52 Boat Great diving
Outerbanks, NC
20-100′ 130′ + 40-75 Shore/ Boat Excellent advanced diving
Round Valley, NJ
15-25′ 160′ + 40-75 Shore/ Boat Good diving

Around the World

 

Aruba
40′ 95′ + 83 Boat Very good diving
Bahamas
200′ 130′ + 75-85 Boat Very good diving
Belize, C.A.
120′ 130′ + 75-85 Boat Very good diving

Mexico

 

Kino, MX
10-20′ 30′ average 60-85 Shore/ Boat Good diving
Himalaya Bay, MX
14-30 40′ average 60-85 Shore Good diving
Puerto Aventuras, MX
20-50′ 80′ 70-85 Boat Average diving
Puerto Penasco, MX
10-20′ 30′ average 50-85 Shore/ Boat Poor diving
San Carlos, MX
5-80′ 130′ + 60-85 Shore/ Boat Very good diving
Cenotes of Mexico 30′ 20-80′ 76 Shore Excellent diving

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