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Do you drink the spring water while diving?

Discussion in 'Cave Diving' started by Addison Snyder, Mar 31, 2021.

Have you ever purposefully drank spring water you were diving in?

  1. Yes

    34 vote(s)
  2. No

    33 vote(s)
  1. Capt Jim Wyatt

    Capt Jim Wyatt Hanging at the 10 Foot Stop Staff Member

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: High Springs - Cave Country
    We have two wells. One is about 50 yards from the river and the water is brown and stinks. One is 100 yards from the river and is the same as flows out of the ground at Ginnie. It is 40 feet deep.

    I dunno how deep the stinky well is.
  2. _Ralph

    _Ralph Contributor

    I’ll take a sip to rinse my dry mouth on occasion, but isn’t my normal go to for any sort of hydration/consumption.

  3. rjack321

    rjack321 ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Port Orchard, Washington State
    There are a few in FL that I probably would drink from. But the vast majority no, there are cows crapping in almost all of the watersheds and plenty of sinkholes for surface runoff.

    In Mexico you will ruin your vacation drinking cave water.

    In Canada I won't drink stream/river/spring water. Most goes in via a swallet somewhere not that far upstream with beavers and bears and who knows what crapping in that. Or in some cases dry cavers tromping around.

    If I need fluids I bring a camelback.
  4. cavedivingwoman

    cavedivingwoman Registered

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: San Francisco
    Years ago I sipped the spring water while diving. Then a buddy pointed out that Cow Spring got its name for a reason. In Yucatán? Not on your life. Robbie Schmittner filmed a dive close to Tulum centro years ago and told me that it was the most sickening thing he'd ever seen. You can see the footage on YouTube or on Robbie's website.
    rjack321 likes this.
  5. karstdvr

    karstdvr Solo Diver

    # of Dives:
    Location: South GA
    If I understand correctly, many of the resort hotels use shallow injection wells for their waste water.
  6. greeniguana

    greeniguana Contributor


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