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Ginnie Springs - High Springs FL

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!


SantaFeSandy - 10 days 9 hours ago.
I went scuba diving here on 6/14/2017. Average viz: 81-90ft/25-27m.
Wed. June 14, 2017 - What a great, invigorating, yet peaceful and soul soothing dive we had! The sun was out and it was tres magnifique!

Guy and I made our way up the Hill 400 jump to the Syphon jump. We did the Syphon, then as it got too small for my buddy in backmount, we turned the dive and jumped to Double Lines. On the way home, we took a jump into another sidemount passage by the Keyhole Bypass exit, and turned it when too tight for backmount. I’ll go back to that one though!

After all cleaned up, my good buddy treated me to a most delicious Dr. Praeger’s veggie burger at the Ginnie Deli, with lettuce, tomato , onions, pickles, spinach, jalapeños, and mustard! Delicious food accompanied by a Cooter Brown beer.

A dive day couldn’t get any better! Thank you Guy!!!
SantaFeSandy - 25 days 8 hours ago.
I went scuba diving here on 5/30/2017. Average viz: 71-80ft/22-24m. Water temp: 71-75°F/22-24°C.
Tuesday. May 30, 2017 - first time diving with Kevin, and first time using my new Nickel Metal Hydrate battery on my strobe. We went right and then left on the Parallel Lines to photograph.
SantaFeSandy - 5/06/2017 9:40 PM
I went scuba diving here on 5/2/2017. Average viz: 71-80ft/22-24m. Water temp: 71-75°F/22-24°C.
Chris0867 - 5/03/2017 9:04 AM
I went scuba diving here on 3/8/2014.
This place is a great camping/Dive weekend place. Wish I had spent more time here.
AGADiver78 - 5/02/2017 6:27 PM
I dove Ginnie with Florida PADI College staff while attending OWSI training in 1979.
Beautiful crystal clear dive at that time. I would love to return for another dive someday.
SantaFeSandy - 4/26/2017 2:24 PM
I went scuba diving here on 4/25/2017. Average viz: 71-80ft/22-24m. Water temp: 71-75°F/22-24°C.
Tues. 4/26/17 - We started out with Gene Page to be one of the photographers too, but he had an urgent matter to tend to so that took him out of the dive. Then we also had another diver, Kevin Tate, but his drysuit sprung a leak, so that took him out of the dive as well.

Tracy had to leave early in the shoot to make it to work, so that left us with just Caroline and me being models for Dan, and the 3 of us to pull all the lights and surface with them.

We had a glorious time, and overcame all obstacles. Looking forward to doing it again!
SantaFeSandy - 4/19/2017 11:28 PM
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 - 4/20/2017 5:09 AM
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 - 4/08/2017 6:02 AM
Anyone looking for a dive buddy for any upcoming visits here
SantaFeSandy - 4/08/2017 8:34 AM
What is your level of certification?
nubs86 - 4/19/2017 7:41 PM
Level 1 open certification
SantaFeSandy - 3/31/2017 4:22 PM
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 - 3/28/2017 9:48 PM
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.

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