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Buford Springs/Sink - Brooksville FL


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Buford Springs/Sink is a shore accessible fresh water dive site, located at Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Re, Brooksville, FL. This dive site has an average rating of 3.83 out of 5 from 6 scuba divers. The maximum depth is over 150ft/46m. The average visibility is 61-70ft/19-21m.

Latitude:
28° 38’ 0" N

Longitude:
82° 35’ 26" W

Enter park !0 miles north of Weeki Wachee on 19 Near Centralia Rd.

Buford Sink is probably one of the most beautiful cavern dives in Florida. Situated almost a quarter mile from the access road it is not easily gotten to. However, the reward is well worth the effort.

More info; mejeme.com/dive/buford.htm

YouTube; youtube.com/watch?v=4YzTxjKFuSE

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mleach82 - 18 days 3 hours ago.
I went scuba diving here on 11/17/2019. Average viz: 36-40ft/11-12m. Water temp: 71-75°F/22-24°C.
First time diving here. Water a hazy green with 40ish feet of visibility. Will definitely be back
SantaFeSandy - 7/04/2019 10:33 AM
Rating Added: 1
Bad, only because we dared to attempt to dive here during June, after the area sustained ample amounts of rain, which resulted in flooding, which resulted in zero visibility past 125 feet depth. One couldn’t even see their own line more than 6 inches from their face.

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SantaFeSandy - 7/04/2019 10:29 AM
Do not try to dive here during summer months when rain has been occurring, otherwise, like us, you will encounter zero visibility down to over 125 feet, then clearing to about 50 vis down to 167 ft. The new stone path and boardwalk are great. However, again, summer months mean temperatures over 100 and hauling approx. 200 lbs. of gear (sidemount, stage, O2, camera gear, BC, lights etc.) on a dolly 1/4 mile inbetween the trees with scorching sun, is a workout extraordinaire!

Plus, best to call a dive-shop like Bird’s Underwater, or American Pro for a conditions report in their area first. If they are blown out, the swamp will be too.

Be sure to have the right gas mix if planning on going deep.
ztoyman - 11/10/2017 2:51 AM
Dove the spring/cavern last month(October). A limerock path has been put in to more easily access the spring. I have to admit that even though this could be considered an improvement by some, I came away with the sense that this is one more dive site that is quickly going to become trashed. I filled half a bag with garbage on my way out from the site.
illhumor3 - 8/25/2014 12:36 PM
I want to give everyone a heads up after doing some research the coordinates on here look like they may be at the end of a trail that you have to walk down and the recommended spot for prepping your gear. The actual coordinates that I found for the site itself are 28 38’ 9.55" N and 82 35’ 47.18" W. These are unconfirmed for now though I think I will be venturing back out to this site again soon now that i have uncovered some new information about it. If I have calculated everything correctly the path that leads to the prep area is about 1/4 mile hand cart accessible, then about 1/2 mile through woods/swamp that you have to carry your gear through. When we were out there during our failed attempt we seen lots of wildlife to be on the watch for. Water moccasins, black racers, wild hogs and gators were all present when we were there so BE CAREFUL AND WATCH YOUR STEP!!!!
illhumor3 - 8/25/2014 11:35 AM
Can anyone confirm these coordinates? I have been to this site once following what people have said on how to find it with no luck... When I seen the GPS corrdinates here it sparks me to give it another go.
bvarn1 - 1/05/2014 1:51 PM
I went scuba diving here on 1/4/2014. Average viz: 26-30ft/8-9m. Water temp: 66-70°F/19-21°C.
It was difficult to hike through the swamp to the dive site. I think that this is what could be classed as an adventure dive. Fighting your way through the mud in the swamp while fully suited up and trying to watch for snakes and alligators was something different. Getting lost was a very real possibility. We found the spring after a little while. It is a spring with a large cavern located in the Chassahowitzka Swamp. I dove with four other Divers. We went down to around 85 feet to explore the cavern. The cavern continued down to about 165 feet, but none of us went down that far. We were all diving on 32 percent Nitrox, so we were planning on staying above 100 feet. Due to the difficulty getting to the dive site, it is not as known in Florida as a lot of other dive sites. It was a great dive, one of the best dives that I have ever been on. I have never see geological formations like I saw in Buford Springs.
hectorj84 - 11/18/2013 8:55 PM
Dove it 2013.11.16. Visibility was great even with all the rain that was falling. A lot of hunting activity around the area this time of year. The rain made the muddy area flood, but if you know where to step you could get across without submerging yourself deeper than 5 inches, otherwise take a wrong step and you were up to your knees in mud (about 2 feet deep).