Ginnie Springs Conditions?

Discussion in 'Basic Scuba Discussions' started by ScubaDawg007, Jul 13, 2006.

  1. ScubaDawg007

    ScubaDawg007 Angel Fish

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    Hey All,


    I`m thinking about running down to Ginnie Springs this weekend, maybe checkout
    Devils Den, and Blue Grotto while I`m there. Quite a long drive for me, looking at
    close to a thousand or so. Probably stay past the weekend. I`m still new, and those Caverns look kind of fun from here.

    My question is, does anyone know what the conditions are down there at the springs, and river?
     
  2. scubafire

    scubafire Barracuda

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    Well I know for a fact that the river connected to Ginnie Springs is really crummy. It looks like an underwater desert. We have a cleanup dive organized for this coming Saturday and you are welcome to come along. Just look for the thread that I started.
     
  3. SparticleBrane

    SparticleBrane Surface Interval Member

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    Is this just for fun, or perhaps a cavern class?
    This is for cave diving. If you decide to go, DO NOT, at all costs, go into the cave. Stay within the cavern zone only. If you are only going for fun and you enjoy it, contemplate getting cavern training.

    As to conditions:
    http://www.cavediver.net/springs/spring_frm.htm
     
  4. JimC

    JimC Manta Ray

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    The conditions at Ginnie in the spring (cavern and run) are almost always 72F water, 100+ feet of vis.
     
  5. scubadobadoo

    scubadobadoo Loggerhead Turtle

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    The springs are almost ALWAYS perfect but the river can get dark and nasty depending on rain and other factors. Give them a call but don't make a decision based on the conditions in the river. Great little extra, but only an extra. The ballroom is what you will go for. Go and have fun! It's lovely and so are the other local springs. Great place for some newbie diving as long as you go slowly and stay out of the caves. Ginnie, Devil's Den, Blue Grotto, and a lovely weekend! Safe driving!
     
  6. ScubaDawg007

    ScubaDawg007 Angel Fish

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    Thanks scubafire for the invite. We probably won`t leave early enough to participate tho. Wish we could, I know it would be a blast.
     
  7. ScubaDawg007

    ScubaDawg007 Angel Fish

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    Just for fun, and to see if a cavern class is in our future. Oh yea, I`ll stay out of the caves. I know real caves are not like Athens...lol.
     
  8. ScubaDawg007

    ScubaDawg007 Angel Fish

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    Thanks JimC & Scubadobadoo! Just what I wanted to hear.

    Hey, you think we can get by in a full 3m with hoods, and gloves?
     
  9. SparticleBrane

    SparticleBrane Surface Interval Member

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    For longer dives that might be pushing it. Then again with a hood that might not be too bad.
     
  10. ScubaDawg007

    ScubaDawg007 Angel Fish

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    Location: East Texas
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    Ok then, I think we will dive a tank and see. If we get too cold, I guess we could always rent a Farmer John, and layer it.
     
  11. Don Wray

    Don Wray Scuba Instructor

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    Check out travelzoo.com....I get airfares for around 100+/- ...cheaper than driving
     
  12. 1amphibian

    1amphibian Barracuda

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    You can do Ginnie in a 3mm. I've done it a few times this year and will be there the mid next week too. A 5 might suit you better if your want to stay comfortable.

    Chris
     

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