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Ginnie Springs July 21
TalleyHo - 7/12/2017 11:44 AM
Category: Buddy Wanted
Replies: 4

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?
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DiverMikeB - 7/12/2017 3:38 PM
Hi I cant make the dive weekend but yes there is space to dive there. The ball room is a cavern site down to about 45 feet and is open to open water divers. You can dive in the other two spots where the caves are however they are restrictive to no lights and no lines. There really is not much there and can be crowded with cave divers. Good luck and dive safe!
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Esvee650 - 7/13/2017 1:07 AM
The big attraction there for non-cave, OW divers is the ballroom. It’s a large cavern with a guideline that goes to 45ft and has a main spring access in the lower right portion of the main room. There are also smaller areas to check out, especially in the upper left portion of the ballroom, which can be cramped.

The Devil’s cave system is non-accessible to OW divers, though there are cavern entrances to the devil’s ear and eye. The ear especially has a cool cavern that is reasonably roomy. From there you can often see cave divers passing by as they continue through the cave system.

As DiverMikeB stated, the dive center does technically specify no lights or lines. You don’t really need one for the ballroom, though it’s very nice to have.

The nicest way I’ve found to dive the system as an OW diver is to start at the "little devil" entrance ramp and swim down the narrow channel to the devil’s eye. Drop down into the eye for a quick look, then come back up and hop over to the ear. This is the cavern that’s nicest to see cave divers passing. The flow is very high at the entrance, and you need to be careful not to get blown out and hit something when passing through. After you come back out of the ear, swim up the river (with the current) on the left side and you’ll eventually run into the side channel to the ballroom. You should still have enough air on one tank to be able to go into the ballroom for a few minutes and explore. I usually just stay at the ballroom for my 2nd tank and hang out. Since it’s only 45ft at the deepest point you can get about an hr on one tank.

Wish I could come on the 21st but I’ll be working that night. Have fun!
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Esvee650 - 7/13/2017 1:09 AM
I should clarify, when I say the Devil’s system isn’t open to OW divers, I’m referring to the enclosed cave system under the open water. All divers are free to dive above the cave system, where there’s surface access and the water is crystal clear. You can swim over the cave entrances and continue on to the ballroom without ever going into an overhead environment.
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Curtis - 7/19/2017 11:55 AM
Looks like my Cavern diving buddy and I will be there Friday, PM me if interested in getting together.