Join DiveBuddy.com

Meet new scuba divers, maintain a virtual dive log, participate in our forum, share underwater photos, research dive sites and more. Members login here.

Silver Lake Quarry - Haymarket VA


Loading...
Looks like The Divearium has finally found a home!
Well, we’re 95% there, and it’s looking like we will have a lease contract with the owners by the end of this year, and become operational before the end of 2019.
This new and unique dive site will be the first SCUBA and Aquatic Life Educational Center in the world, made just for scuba divers.
As a diver, you will be submerged in an underwater environment unlike anything you’ve experienced before.
Not only that, but the ABOVE-water facility will offer amenities that quarry divers will appreciate, and that no other inland dive site currently provides.
As far as the actual physical qualities of the quarry itself, we decided to indicate only a couple of site descriptors for now because a LOT will change in terms of the actual underwater realities once the facility is operational.
For example:
- There’s plenty of muck and sludge along the bottom right now that has created a "dead zone", having little to no oxygen, and where nothing lives. There is also a significant amount of floating particulates that cloud the water. ALL THAT WILL CHANGE once our patented drainage and circulation system is installed and operational.
- There are a few creatures to see, but there will soon be SO MANY MORE.
- The quarry’s topography is VERY distinctive (check out the topographical map found at the upper left of this page), with incredible vertical and near-vertical walls, several grassy and expansive flat areas, and numerous unusual characteristics like large, submerged TREES that will serve as great habitats for all the fish species we plan on stocking and maintaining.
Stay tuned: more information to come VERY soon!

Comments

Airworks - 7/22/2018 7:55 AM
My business partner (and dive buddy) and I are the only civilians given permission to dive the quarry. Our data gathering has produced two official reports for the Prince William County Parks and Recreation Commission, together with a general topography map.

A sample aquascape and a Jacques Cousteau Timeline display were submerged in the summer of 2017. Pictures and videos were taken of them to give members of the Commission an idea of what the underwater museum/gallery will look like. These displays have since been extracted for maintenance and will not be re-submerged until Phase 3 of the Divearium project.

Dive Site Map

Click to Load Map