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Florida Springs Dive Sites - My Curated List

Discussion in 'Florida' started by CaveSloth, Feb 5, 2020.

  1. CaveSloth

    CaveSloth Contributor

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: The Deep South
    602
    207
    Thanks for the notes!
     
  2. The Chairman

    The Chairman Chairman of the Board Staff Member

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Cave Country!
    61,960
    30,425
    I see lights there all the time. There is no rigid policing of the site like there is at Blue Spring.
    You have to surrender your Cert card there and like Peacock 1, 2 and Orange Grove, you have to have a buddy. The policing at Blue Spring Orange City is overdone. DON'T TRY TO SNEAK A LIGHT IN THERE.

    Why no Devil's Den???
     
  3. CaveSloth

    CaveSloth Contributor

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: The Deep South
    602
    207
    Good catch. I will add them back although I am sad that they do not allow doubles as that is how my tanks are configured.

    Here are others that I am unsure about. Are any of these GREAT for an Open Water, Cavern, or Cave 1 / backmount diver?
    • Ginnie (Little Devil)
    • King Spring
    • Lineater / Stevenson
    • Madison (Martz Sink)
    • Royal Spring
    • Wakulla (Cherokee Sink)
     
  4. CaveSloth

    CaveSloth Contributor

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: The Deep South
    602
    207
    I would like to edit my other posts with this updated list, if we could all work together on it I think it could be useful to be "stickied" somewhere. Here is the updated list based on feedback:

    Recommended springs for Open Water divers:

    • Alexander Spring
    • Blue Grotto
    • Blue Spring (Orange City)
    • Cypress Spring
    • Devil's Den
    • Fanning Spring
    • Ginnie (Ballroom)
    • King Spring
    • Manatee (Catfish Hotel)
    • Manatee (Main)
    • Morrison
    • Peacock (Orange Grove)
    • Rainbow River (KP Hole)
    • Troy Spring
    • Vortex Spring
    • Wakulla (Cherokee Sink)

    Recommended springs for Cavern divers:

    • Blue Grotto
    • Blue Spring (Orange City)
    • Buford Spring
    • Cypress Spring
    • Devil's Den
    • Ginnie (Ballroom)
    • Ginnie (Little Devil)
    • Ichetucknee (Blue Spring / Jug Hole)
    • Jackson Blue
    • King Spring
    • Madison (Main)
    • Manatee (Catfish Hotel)
    • Morrison
    • Paradise Spring
    • Peacock (Main)
    • Peacock (Orange Grove)
    • Vortex Spring
    • Wakulla (Cherokee Sink)
    • Warm Springs

    Recommended springs for backmount Cave divers:

    • Bozel Spring
    • Buford Spring
    • Ebro Blue
    • Ginnie (Devil's Ear)
    • Ginnie (Devil's Eye)
    • Hole in the Wall
    • Jackson Blue
    • Lafayette (Blue Spring)
    • Lafayette (Green Sink)
    • Lineater / Stevenson
    • Little River
    • Madison (Main)
    • Manatee (Catfish Hotel)
    • Peacock (Main)
    • Peacock (Orange Grove)
    • Twin Cave
    • Wakulla (Cherokee Sink)
    • Wakulla (Clearcut Sink)
    • Wakulla (Emerald Sink)
     
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  5. sportxlh

    sportxlh Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: formerly Palm Beach Gardens, FL: now Atlanta
    2,599
    1,374
    Move Devils Den to the OW list
     
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  6. CaveSloth

    CaveSloth Contributor

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: The Deep South
    602
    207
    Copied to there. Is it also a cavern in addition to having some open water? Is there any overhead section?
     
  7. sportxlh

    sportxlh Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: formerly Palm Beach Gardens, FL: now Atlanta
    2,599
    1,374
    CaveSloth: take a look at the photo's on Devil's Den website and you'll get a feel for what I'm about to indicate. The structure of DD is like an upside down bowl with water that goes about half way up that 'upside down bowl'. The very top of the 'upside down bowl' has a hole it it that allows sunshine to flood the site. The entire site is open to OW divers. Sure, some of diving is under the over-hanging and inward sloping walls of the 'upside down bowl' (so is an overhead environment), but are never very far from the portion of the site that is completely open..... just a few fin kicks.

    http://www.devilsden.com/our-story.html
     
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