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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 - 8/17/2017 8:58 AM
I went scuba diving here on 8/16/2017. Average viz: 81-90ft/25-27m. Water temp: 71-75°F/22-24°C.
Wed. Aug. 16, 2017 - Dove solo today. There were 2 cave divers in the water when I arrived (Regi’s students), 2 OW divers, and I passed 2 cave divers on rebreathers at the 750 mark when I turned for home. There were a dozen people playing on tubes, but very quiet and beautiful at Ginnie.

Took goldline to Maple Leaf, jumped onto the Big Room line, went about 100 ft. to the Mudd Tunnel jump and turned around. Once back on goldline, went to the 650 mark where the Mudd Tunnel jump is, set a jump, took Mudd Tunnel out to the Big Room jump, and then turned for home.

Started with 3600 psi in both tanks, and ended with 2000 in each tank. Had 2 mins. deco at 30 ft., 2 at 20 ft., and another 6" at 10 ft. Max depth was 102 ft.
SantaFeSandy - 8/09/2017 8:32 AM
I went scuba diving here on 8/8/2017. Average viz: 81-90ft/25-27m. Water temp: 71-75°F/22-24°C.
Tues. Aug. 8, 2017 - Another great dive to the Double Domes jump via Rollercoaster, to Beetle Tunnel, to Hillier jump. 2000 ft. penetration. Turned on 1/3’s with starting pressures at 3400/3400. After 21 mins. of deco, exited with 1300/1500. Max depth 105 ft. Water levels were up given all the recent rains. No other divers in sight.
SantaFeSandy - 8/03/2017 10:13 AM
I went scuba diving here on 8/1/2017. Average viz: 81-90ft/25-27m. Water temp: 71-75°F/22-24°C.
Tues. Aug. 1st, 2017 - What an awesome, relaxing cave dive my buddy and I had. I started out on the lead to find the jump to Rollercoaster, and set the line. When we got to the jump heading to Bats, Guy took the lead and set the jump at the crossover leading to the Hillier jump. He then set the next jump to Hillier.

We penetrated to just past the 1900 foot mark, and turned the dive (started out with 3300 & 3400 in my tanks). Total dive time was 110", max depth 104 feet.

Deco on 30% was 25". 6" at 30 foot, around 6 at 20 foot after switching to O2, and then around 12 at 10 foot.

We plan on repeating this dive next week, as it was most magnificent and very pretty. I also plan on taking a stage to allow better penetration on short fills.
SantaFeSandy - 7/24/2017 7:20 PM
I went scuba diving here on 7/19/2017. Average viz: 81-90ft/25-27m. Water temp: 71-75°F/22-24°C.
Wednesday July 19, 2017. Did a quick photoshoot test dive with new buddy Rick Palm. This was my first dive back after a 2 week dry spell while my regs were sent in to be serviced and repaired after one tank took a 45’ plunge at Jess’ Hole.

One of the HP hoses was blown and needed to be replaced, and then the service tech reassembled a secondstage backward. He turned my lefthand reg into a righthand. It is now back in the shop being corrected.

Got some good shots of Rick though.
TalleyHo - 7/12/2017 11:41 AM
The family will be making a stop on our trek thru Florida next week. I think we are tentatively looking at Friday 7/21. My son/14 and I will be diving, and my wife and the girl/13 will be floating, or kayaking, or paddle-boarding or otherwise enjoying the area.

If anyone is in need of a dive buddy, feel free to come along w/ us. It would be nice to have a local in the group.

I can’t tell from the website, but is the Devil’s Spring system open to non-cave divers? I assume there is a fairly straight and narrow trail for normal divers to enjoy the sites w/o going in to the caves?
Chris0867 - 7/12/2017 11:55 AM
Yes, you can dive the system, you just cannot enter the caverns themselves unless you are cave certified. Also, leave the lights on the shore, you can’t carry them in the system, also unless you are cave certified.
SantaFeSandy - 7/12/2017 1:03 PM
Okay, at Ginnie, there are multiple springs to swim, snorkel, tube, kayak, paddle board, OW dive, Cavern dive, and Cave dive. As OW divers, you may access the cavern zone of Ginnie Springs with a light. It goes down to approximately 55’, and the cave system is grated off. There is a giant permanent line in there. It’s very safe and pretty. You and your son will love it. A little further down the road from a Ginnie Springs, aka the Ballroom, is the Devil’s system. There you my drift, swim, scuba down the run, into the Eye, dropping g down 20’ and no further unless cave certified. From there you drift towards the river a bit further, and you come upon Devil’s Ear. This is where the tannic waters of the river meet up with the fresh, blue spring, creating quite a show. There you mayboth hover, or sit on the tree at 20’, but no further. Always yield to exiting cave divers, and be respectful of those entering the system as there is often enormous flow there.
SantaFeSandy - 6/15/2017 8:31 AM
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 - 5/31/2017 9:40 AM
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.
Photoshoot.
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.
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.

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