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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 - 6/01/2018 2:46 PM
I went scuba diving here on 5/31/2018. Average viz: 81-90ft/25-27m. Water temp: 71-75°F/22-24°C.
Thurs. May 31, 2018 - What a great way to conclude the month of May. Graham Murray and I did the Double Lines circuit, and then served a lovely 24 min. deco obligation. I got to see the smiling face of Mel Clark after her first dive post-op too.

Afterwards we had our post dive discussions at Loosey’s Haile Plantation, over lunch! When in North Central FL, be sure to visit them as they are known for making killer burgers, with local craft beers on tap.
Legendoerre - 5/29/2018 6:01 PM
Rating Added: 5
Really cool site! Plenty to see. There were quite a few turtles and catfish, there are also a lot of smaller fish. Water was crystal clear and there weren’t that many divers there during this week day. Only 1 other diver other than me and my buddy.
SantaFeSandy - 5/29/2018 10:44 PM
Cave divers or OW divers? We’re you diving Ginnie, or the Devil’s System?
Legendoerre - 5/29/2018 10:52 PM
OW in Ginnie. They do have one passage for cave divers on their site as far as I know.
SantaFeSandy - 5/29/2018 11:06 PM
Yes, if you note the bulk of the comments on this site, you’ll see my name a lot. I dive the caves and photograph them regularly. So, when you said no other divers were diving there that day, a qualification of terminology might say, “no other OW divers were at Ginnie’s Ballromm...”, as the Devil’s System is were we go to cave dive, not Ginnie. 🤗
SantaFeSandy - 5/29/2018 11:31 AM
I went scuba diving here on 5/19/2018. Average viz: 81-90ft/25-27m. Water temp: 71-75°F/22-24°C.
Sat. May 19, 2018 - Photoshoot of my buddy Graham Murray. Check out the images here

Got some good shots of Chris Hartmann and Chad Minter on their scooters too.
SantaFeSandy - 5/13/2018 5:11 PM
I went scuba diving here on 4/26/2018. Average viz: 81-90ft/25-27m. Water temp: 71-75°F/22-24°C.
Up Hill 400 to Syphon.
SantaFeSandy - 4/19/2018 5:30 PM
I went scuba diving here on 4/17/2018. Average viz: 91-100ft/28-30m. Water temp: 71-75°F/22-24°C.
Tues. 4/17/2018 - staged another Double Lines dive but this time turned at the p. double 1700 ft. arrows. It was nice seeing the cave in reverse for a change.
SantaFeSandy - 4/19/2018 5:25 PM
I went scuba diving here on 4/10/2018. Average viz: 81-90ft/25-27m. Water temp: 71-75°F/22-24°C.
Tues. 4/10/2018 - staged to do a Double Lines circuit. Beautiful dive.
SantaFeSandy - 3/16/2018 8:43 PM
I went scuba diving here on 3/16/2018. Average viz: 81-90ft/25-27m. Water temp: 71-75°F/22-24°C.
Friday 3/16/18 - Beautiful dive day exploring the cave system with a new buddy. Thanks Eric! :-)
scubaeric90 - 3/13/2018 9:25 PM
I went scuba diving here on 3/13/2018. Average viz: 81-90ft/25-27m. Water temp: 71-75°F/22-24°C.
SantaFeSandy - 3/04/2018 9:10 AM
I went scuba diving here on 2/27/2018. Average viz: 81-90ft/25-27m. Water temp: 71-75°F/22-24°C.
Photoshoot with Guy as the model carrying the lights. Some pretty good shots, but still haven’t finished editing or uploading them to my site yet.
ericanderson1988 - 2/26/2018 5:00 PM
Need a dive buddy for April 4 and or 5
Gameplane dive
Devils Den 4th
Ginnie April 5
xracr96 - 2/28/2018 10:05 PM
Ping me around then. I might be up for it.
SantaFeSandy - 2/21/2018 3:41 PM
I went scuba diving here on 2/21/2018. Average viz: 81-90ft/25-27m. Water temp: 71-75°F/22-24°C.
SantaFeSandy - 2/20/2018 1:12 PM
I went scuba diving here on 2/14/2018. Average viz: 81-90ft/25-27m. Water temp: 71-75°F/22-24°C.
SantaFeSandy - 2/01/2018 6:40 AM
I went scuba diving here on 1/31/2018. Average viz: 81-90ft/25-27m. Water temp: 71-75°F/22-24°C.
Wed. Jan. 31, 2018 - What a beautiful, relaxing dive Guy and I shared. Low flow for Ginnie and great visibility inside the cave, however, tannic river water was encroaching over the Eye, plus, the run visibility was quite murky due to excessive algae bloom. The turtles were out and mating, and seemed to enjoy their solitude. After getting cleaned up and putting our gear away, the sun was out warming things up, and made for fine picnic chatter. Great day.
SantaFeSandy - 1/17/2018 6:57 AM
I went scuba diving here on 1/16/2018. Average viz: 81-90ft/25-27m. Water temp: 71-75°F/22-24°C.
Tues. Jan. 16, 2018 - Great dive. Entered Ear, jumped at Park Bench onto Junction Room line, down to Bone line, ran a reel to the Wonder Tunnel jump, toured that beautiful passage, back on Bone line to Big Room to Maple Leaf. Jumped to gold line to home. Exited and deco’d in Eye.
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!!!

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