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Ginnie Springs - High Springs FL


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Ginnie Springs Outdoors is privately owned and has been in business since 1976. It is a world-renowned dive destination and campground located just outside of High Springs Florida. Ginnie Springs receives no state or federal funding. We are a PADI 5 Star facility. We offer PADI certification at all levels for scuba diving enthusiasts. Be sure your next Florida vacation includes kayaking, canoeing, tubing down the river, swimming, and exploring our miles of underwater caves and caverns.
Enjoy our seven crystal-clear, freshwater springs nestled in over 200 wooded acres along the banks of the Santa Fe River in Florida. Each day, the 7 separate springs of Ginnie Springs Outdoors discharge hundreds of millions of gallons of crystal-clear water that is a constant 72 degrees, year round.
Enjoy your next Florida vacation or "STAYcation" here at Ginnie Springs Outdoors!

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SantaFeSandy - 4 days 9 hours ago.
I went scuba diving here on 4/18/2017. Average viz: 91-100ft/28-30m. Water temp: 71-75°F/22-24°C.
Tues. April 18, 2017 - My adventures as an underwater cave model for Gene Page and Dan Wright (professional lighting and photographers extraordinaire) began. Additionally diving with them the past two days has really taught me a lot about what it takes to light up a room correctly, and how labor intensive, and costly, it really is. It’s an enormous amount of work.

I thank them both very much for providing me this opportunity.

By the way, my truck’s console and glove box were rummaged through by an unscrupulous individual who must have pounced on my truck the moment I left it unattended to take my tanks down to the water. This occurred in the parking area of Turkey Roost, at Ginnie Springs.

The day earlier I learned that another dive buddy friend and instructor, had her camera stolen inside the Ginnie Springs Ballroom the moment she put it down, and turned her back to address her students. Watch out folks, these thieves are stalking people, using text messaging to convey possible hits, and watching you from afar. If you hide your vehicle key, I recommend getting a waterproof one made, and take it with you, or dive dry and hope your drysuit doesn’t leak.
ram04769 - 4 days 4 hours ago.
So glad to hear you had such a great experience with Gene and Dan! Very sorry about what happened to your truck! There is no need for that and I hope you did not experience any great loss. As for your advise about a waterproof key, I started doing that when I began diving or visiting the beaches. Even if the vehicles I use while down there are rentals, it only makes sense.
nubs86 - 16 days 3 hours ago.
Anyone looking for a dive buddy for any upcoming visits here
SantaFeSandy - 16 days ago.
What is your level of certification?
nubs86 - 4 days 13 hours ago.
Level 1 open certification
SantaFeSandy - 23 days 17 hours ago.
I went scuba diving here on 3/31/2017. Average viz: 71-80ft/22-24m. Water temp: 71-75°F/22-24°C.
Today we scootered back to the Hinkle. Fun day with Myles.
SantaFeSandy - 26 days 11 hours ago.
I went scuba diving here on 3/28/2017. Average viz: 81-90ft/25-27m. Water temp: 71-75°F/22-24°C.
Tues. March 28, 2017 - Myles hired me to photograph him in the cave system at Ginnie, and Paul graciously agreed to be my backup photographer in control of lighting. We had a beautiful day of diving together, and soon I shall post a bunch of awesome images for Myles.
SantaFeSandy - 3/16/2017 9:04 AM
I went scuba diving here on 3/15/2017. Average viz: 91-100ft/28-30m. Water temp: 71-75°F/22-24°C.
Guy and I headed back towards Mainline, but turned at 2900 ft. because his scooter flooded. :-)
SantaFeSandy - 3/02/2017 10:03 PM
I went scuba diving here on 3/1/2017. Average viz: 91-100ft/28-30m. Water temp: 71-75°F/22-24°C.
Guy towed me with his DPV to the Hinkle. We parked the scooter then swam in another 400 ft. before turning the dive. Neither of us had hit thirds, and neither of us needed to use our stage bottles.

We penetrated 3400, and had a 25" deco on 31%. I gave Guy my O2 since the valve on his tank leaked his O2 on his drive to Ginnie, and being he sets his computer to 28% to avoid skin hits, I spent the extra time doing deco on my 31% so he would have had to stay there for 40".
SantaFeSandy - 2/27/2017 8:51 AM
I went scuba diving here on 2/22/2017. Average viz: 81-90ft/25-27m. Water temp: 71-75°F/22-24°C.
Guy brought his scooter and a tow rope. We stayed on the mainline to just before the Hinkle, and turned around 2950 feet in. Real pretty stuff to explore back there. My primary computer died, but my backup worked fine. :-) Started with 3600 psi in both tanks, and ended with 2000 and 2100. Next time we’ll stage to explore more.
SantaFeSandy - 2/08/2017 8:10 PM
I went scuba diving here on 2/8/2017. Average viz: 81-90ft/25-27m. Water temp: 71-75°F/22-24°C.
Thank you so much Warren for gifting Chuck and me with your time and talents. Thank you so much for capturing such nice images of me on my 100th Cave Dive! You are very sweet!
ram04769 - 2/09/2017 12:13 AM
Congratulations on successfully completing your 100th cave dive, Sandy!!!
SantaFeSandy - 2/12/2017 7:58 PM
Thank you very much Roger. It was wonderful that I was invited by Warren to dive with him, and be photographed by him too, in addition to being reaquainted with an old OW buddy, turned Intro.
SantaFeSandy - 2/04/2017 12:20 AM
I went scuba diving here on 2/3/2017. Average viz: 51-60ft/16-18m. Water temp: 71-75°F/22-24°C.
Did a small photoshoot with the guys in the Ear, Gallery, Catacombs, and Eye.
SantaFeSandy - 2/04/2017 12:18 AM
I went scuba diving here on 2/3/2017. Average viz: 71-80ft/22-24m. Water temp: 71-75°F/22-24°C.
Kevin led to just past the 800 ft. mark on the Bone Line for our first dive.
SantaFeSandy - 2/02/2017 7:48 AM
I went scuba diving here on 2/1/2017. Average viz: 81-90ft/25-27m. Water temp: 71-75°F/22-24°C.
Today Guy and I attempted to dive the Syphon by Double Lines, but met the Swiss team of 5 exiting the jump, and since it was all silted out, we turned our dive and got ready for dive 2.
SantaFeSandy - 1/26/2017 8:54 AM
I went scuba diving here on 1/25/2017. Average viz: 71-80ft/22-24m.
Wednesday Jan. 25, 2017 - Today Guy came to the dive with an U/W housing to demo, for his iPhone, manufactured by Kraken Sports. Being that this particular product is yet to work out all it’s features, and tweak what it has, you’ll notice that the attached stats for the dive do not rotate with images shot in portrait.

Plus, not only is there no zoom in/out feature, the software does not sync with the iPhone settings to turn off after 30" to 3 mins., but stays on for the entire dive.

Needless to say, the battery will die quickly. As was, we did not take the camera into the cave for our initial dive, but did a second dive to work with it in open water. The battery died for shooting after 55".
SantaFeSandy - 1/26/2017 8:44 AM
I went scuba diving here on 1/25/2017. Average viz: 71-80ft/22-24m. Water temp: 71-75°F/22-24°C.
Wed. Jan. 25th, 2017. Today I led the dive with Guy and took him on a tour. We went the mainline to Harry’s Crack, diving sidemount. Took it through to the Expressway jump, but ran the line around to the right Mud Tunnel jump, then set a reel from it into the Mud Tunnel, and took it out to the Big Room jump.

Exiting the cave to do deco we encountered some concerns:

When Guy and I were finished with our cave dive, and got to the sign at the Ear to pick up our O2 bottles, there were 2 open water, surely cavern divers, looking very curious about what lay beyond the sign.

Guy and I proceeded onward, however, as we were trying to exit the system in the Eye where one would tie into the gold line, in came 2 more divers in single tank configuration, with H valves. One was carrying a GoPro setup on a tray with lights. They did not know cave etiquette, had only one safety reel between the 2, and plowed past us, despite our trying to exit in that tiny area where the high flow is.

We saw the divers on the steps later, and it appeared to be an older, husband and wife team, who struggled to get out of the water with only one tank on. We have no idea what certification level the two had.

My concern is with the agencies allowing cavern divers to become Intro certified on a single tank, using an H-valve. Once a diver tastes of what is beyond that sign, particularly if they want to capture images or video, they will totally disregard the fact that they are not properly configured, and are not safe, to go further.

Once they have that Intro card, more times than not, they will breach the bounds of where they should stay. Just sayin`.
cwilson - 1/09/2017 2:15 PM
Rating Added: 5
Dove this site during a vacation to Florida in December of 2016. Very cool place.
SantaFeSandy - 12/29/2016 8:57 AM
I went scuba diving here on 12/28/2016. Average viz: 81-90ft/25-27m. Water temp: 71-75°F/22-24°C.
Wed. 12/28/16 - Solo dive #11. It was a beautiful, misty morning in the 70’s, for a dive at Ginnie. By the time I arrived at 11 am, the place was packed with divers on both sides (Ballroom and Devil’s system), but there was exactly 1 parking space available for me to tuck in and be comfortable accessing the spring with my gear. Thank you Lord!

Again I crossed paths with more cool divers (one who remembered meeting me last year some time), got a few surface shots for Harry Averill and his students (Lauren & Jon Kieren, & others), and finally met Lee Ann Waggener in person. Saw Dan Patterson and his student, and had a great dive, despite losing my 50’ stainless finger spool with orange line.

My dive was to explore the back opening to Harry’s Crack, which took me down the Bone Line, to the Expressway tunnel jump. I continued to follow the expressway Tunnel to it’s end by the Bone Room. I think I dropped my spool by the small unnamed jump at the end of the Expressway Tunnel, or right by the Bone Line/Expressway intersection, although it could have fallen off between Park Bench and Hill 400, where I confirmed the true entry to Harry’s Crack, but I doubt it.

If anybody finds it, please turn it into the Ginnie office, and they will call me. Thanks. :-)
joe_bird - 12/27/2016 6:16 PM
I went scuba diving here on 12/27/2016. Average viz: 101-110ft/31-34m. Water temp: 71-75°F/22-24°C.
Checked out Ginnie Spring, Little Spring, Devil’s Eye Spring, and Devil’s Ear Spring
SantaFeSandy - 12/28/2016 9:12 AM
Too bad you’re not full cave Joe. I’ll be diving there today solo.
joe_bird - 12/29/2016 9:29 AM
Nope, maybe one day though! I’ve been looking for the next specialty that I’m very interested in and now it’s between cave and wreck
SantaFeSandy - 12/29/2016 9:38 AM
Well Cavern in the beginning to becoming a technical diver, but get ready to drop a whole lot of money if you honestly want to become full cave. Even Wreck diving, you’ll need redundancy, and I recommend Sidemount for many reasons.
joe_bird - 12/29/2016 9:41 AM
Thanks for the suggestion and info!
cathy_mcwilliams - 12/27/2016 10:57 AM
Pensacola has some good dives and several of the dive operators will offer lionfish hunting (I used Niuhi Dive Charters). Also some good wrecks within rec diving limits including the Oriskany. Same with Pensacola Beach. Last year I drove along the coast and then headed inland to do Ginny Springs and Blue Grotto and then across to Epcot Center and dove in their aquarium (Epcot Divequest). Cost was $175 for Epcot.
armaniballesteros - 12/18/2016 7:33 PM
I’m planning a trip to florida, during the month of January 2017. Could someone provide me information and also I need a dive buddy.

Thank you.
SantaFeSandy - 12/29/2016 9:41 AM
Armani, have you tried to find buddies by using the Scuba Earth program here on DiveBuddy? It’s great as it will ping all members in a radius of whatever zipcode or city you plug in. Then you can cursor over their profiles in the left pane, and email them all directly.
armaniballesteros - 1/09/2017 6:50 PM
33160 and Key Largo and Key West
SantaFeSandy - 12/13/2016 8:24 PM
I went scuba diving here on 12/13/2016. Average viz: 81-90ft/25-27m. Water temp: 71-75°F/22-24°C.
Great little drift dive down the river to the Ballroom. The river was clear and beautiful, and George and I enjoyed the tranquility of a day of diving with no other divers on the cave side, until we got to the Ballroom that is. Conditions were perfect.
Norm1962 - 12/03/2016 3:52 PM
I went scuba diving here on 11/17/2016. Average viz: 51-60ft/16-18m. Water temp: 71-75°F/22-24°C.
Great Visibility in the river best I’ve seen

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