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Blue Springs State Park - Orange City FL

Blue Springs State Park is a shore accessible fresh water dive site, located at 2100 W French Ave, Orange City, FL 32763. This dive site has an average rating of 3.75 out of 5 from 44 scuba divers. The maximum depth is 111-120ft/34-37m. The average visibility is 91-100ft/28-30m.

Large pool at spring head, 3-10 ft deep. Large opening to spring fissure at 15 ft with large fallen tree over opening. Strong outflow can make descent difficult. Open cavern to about 65 ft. Warning sign at 55 ft. Light fades out at 90 ft. Keeps going from there as a cave dive. Good facilities, $5.00 to dive, $5.00 per car.

Florida’s Blue Spring State Park. Nice parking lot to set up your gear, then a 5 minute walk along a hammock plank trail down into the spring, where you’ll need to walk just a little bit further in the knee-deep spring to the spring entrance. Easy dive to 60 feet where the dive becomes a cavern dive. Cavern certification is required to go beyond this point, or to carry lights at all during the dive. A large warning sign indicates where you should stop your dive. When you’re done with your dive, inflate your BC and float down the river back to a swimming dock, watching carefully for turtles, fish and other typical florida critters. It’s an easy walk back to the car. I see dozens of fellow scuba divers at this site almost every time I go on the weekends.

It’ll cost you the typical florida state park entrance fee, or use a state park pass if you have one. You’ll need to sign in at the front gate, and you must have a dive buddy to dive at this site. They will check your certification cards and possibly your dive log.

Google maps will get you to this site using the address provided without any issues.

Special Equipment Note: The flow from the spring can be strong and may catch you by surprise. You may want to dive a couple of pounds heavy here, so you aren’t fighting the upwell current as much and it’s easier to get to depth. (Also, it’s fun to "surf" on the upwell current between ledges while you’re down there...)

June 2021 update:
Hours: 8 a.m. until sundown, 365 days a year

Prices: $6 per vehicle (limit 2-8 people per vehicle), $4 single occupant vehicle, $2 pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers, passengers in vehicle with holder of annual individual entrance pass.

Dive Requirements:

  • All divers must show proof of certification before diving and leave certifications visible on the dashboard of the vehicle (DIGITAL COPY NOT ACCEPTED)
  • All divers must have a dive buddy and remain together for the duration of each and every dive.
  • Cavern and cave diving is available only to certified cave divers.
  • Open water divers are permitted to 50 feet.
  • Open water divers are not permitted to carry lights.
  • Instructors conducting a class must have a commercial dive permit.
  • Divers dive at their own risk.
  • No solo diving is permitted.
  • Dives cannot extend past 5 p.m.
  • Swimming after hours is prohibited.
  • No scooters (DPVs) or all-terrain vehicles (ATVs).
  • Divers must keep a distance of 50 feet between themselves and manatees.
Effective May 10, 2021: Blue Spring State Park is open. The spring run is closed to canoes, kayaks and paddleboards due to a restoration project that is estimated to be complete mid-August. We appreciate your patience while we restore our spring to a better habitat for the manatees and a safer place for visitors. Please plan to arrive early, as the park frequently reaches full capacity.

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MAC89 - 7/10/2021 9:51 AM
I went scuba diving here on 4/12/2018.
What a amazing place.
randomlyon - 8/11/2020 8:04 AM
Rating Added: 3
Blue Springs has a cavern where you fight a light spring current to descend. It goes deep, but unless you and your buddy are cavern certified, you can’t bring a light because of the whole dying thing. I went to 66’ before it was too dark to see. Otherwise, theres a fun shallow drift dive when you’re done with the cavern. It’s a fun dive but the long walk from the parking lot on sometimes slippery wooden walkway in full gear can be a chore on a hot day. Also, even on weekdays, the locals show up to tube, swim, free dive, and snorkel the springs. It can get crowded. The water is mostly clear, but on a weekend packed with people, it can get churned up. Saw quite a few fish despite the crowds.
FireMedic13 - 9/07/2018 9:32 PM
I went scuba diving here on 9/7/2018. Average viz: 41-50ft/12-15m. Water temp: 71-75°F/22-24°C.
Visibility was great...but we were under weighted for the dive in the boil of the spring. Definitely recommend over weighting yourself for the boil dive. We ended up just diving the spring run to the end of the swimming area. We will return on another date for the full dive.
mangoman1 - 4/23/2016 12:17 PM
I went scuba diving here on 4/22/2016. Average viz: 81-90ft/25-27m. Water temp: 71-75°F/22-24°C.
Managed to get 1 cavern dive in before park rangers chased us out of the water as there was a little 2 1/2ft gator relaxing under the boardwalk. Also saw a 1 week old baby manatee and the huge Mom resting near the spring head.
mangoman1 - 12/04/2015 10:49 PM
I went scuba diving here on 6/24/2015. Average viz: 91-100ft/28-30m. Water temp: 71-75°F/22-24°C.
AirHog76 - 9/23/2015 7:10 AM
I went scuba diving here on 9/20/2015.
Great dive.
xracr96 - 8/23/2015 6:34 PM
I went scuba diving here on 7/31/2015. Average viz: 26-30ft/8-9m. Water temp: 71-75°F/22-24°C.
xracr96 - 7/23/2015 11:32 AM
I went scuba diving here on 7/18/2015. Average viz: 61-70ft/19-21m. Water temp: 71-75°F/22-24°C.
TheMythicalCaveFill - 7/23/2015 9:56 AM
I went scuba diving here on 7/18/2015. Average viz: 61-70ft/19-21m. Water temp: 71-75°F/22-24°C.
Fun day, two tanks!
SantaFeSandy - 6/24/2015 5:38 PM
I went scuba diving here on 6/24/2015. Average viz: 91-100ft/28-30m. Water temp: 71-75°F/22-24°C.
Glorious day of diving with my buddy at this marvelous state park. 450 photos and a video were taken by me, so be sure to go to my website to see the exciting, new stuff.
xracr96 - 6/13/2015 5:42 PM
Rating Added: 4
Nice place.
SantaFeSandy - 10/16/2014 12:45 PM
I went scuba diving here on 10/15/2014. Average viz: 91-100ft/28-30m. Water temp: 71-75°F/22-24°C.
Great day of diving. Saw a juvenile manatee too. Cold must be coming.
SantaFeSandy - 7/10/2014 9:21 AM
I went scuba diving here on 7/9/2014. Average viz: 61-70ft/19-21m. Water temp: 71-75°F/22-24°C.
Great day of diving!!!
Ashash320 - 5/02/2014 4:11 PM
I went scuba diving here on 4/26/2014. Average viz: 5-10ft/2-3m. Water temp: 71-75°F/22-24°C.
Bonnie427 - 11/08/2013 7:47 PM
Rating Added: 3
Getting up stream can be interesting but the spring is awesome.
JasonP - 10/27/2013 4:38 PM
I went scuba diving here on 10/27/2013. Average viz: 51-60ft/16-18m. Water temp: 71-75°F/22-24°C.
Steps at bottom very slippery with algal growth. Slipped on the second submerged step and did a decidedly un-graceful entry. Somehow landed in the water clear of the hard surfaces. Be careful.
Nice swim upriver. Drift down to second entry to exit. An adolescent manatee insisted on snuggling up into our chests as we snorkled to the spring vent. Steady SCUBA traffic. Vis suffered from divers scraping fins against the rock, dislodging algae and scum. Some crowding at the mouth where divers stacked up, waiting to go down into the vent. Several times, there was no dive route for a freedive with everyone milling aboutno need to crowd the vent like that. My buddy shot sideways to avoid being kicked on ascent and cracked his face pretty good on a rock ledge.
Cavern mouth around 20ft can be very intimidating. Large fallen trees block the entrance; you have to thread your way between them

GoodDive to all!
SantaFeSandy - 10/24/2013 9:51 PM
I went scuba diving here on 10/23/2013. Average viz: 91-100ft/28-30m. Water temp: 71-75°F/22-24°C.
Fantastic, Great, unbelievable!!! Many manatees and their calves were there among us. Playful, entertaining, and beautiful to watch and photograph. What a remarkable dive day! The spring is simply gorgeous too. The formations are extraordinary. I got a ton of photos and a video posted on at
shellback0 - 10/20/2013 8:41 PM
Rating Added: 3

a long walk
drewtenney - 10/20/2013 7:49 AM
I went scuba diving here on 10/19/2013. Average viz: 81-90ft/25-27m. Water temp: 71-75°F/22-24°C.
Great dive, got there early to avoid crowds. Plenty of small and medium fish.
floridaray33 - 9/16/2013 9:55 AM
Rating Added: 4
good dive, long walk to the dive site with your gear on though. get there early and beat the crowd, also eat at mickey fins after your dive.