Vortex Spring
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Great diving in clear waters for all levels
Whether you are a new diver or one with many dives in your log book, Vortex Spring has something to offer you. Even non-divers have options for water play. The"gin clear" water is 68 degrees F year-round. While this may be a nice relief in the hot summer months, be sure to take plenty of exposure gear to ensure a comfortable dive. When I dove in May, I had on a 5 mm wetsuite, beanie, gloves and dive booties under my fins. Most of my dives were around 30 minutes; by then I was getting chilled and ready to warm up on the surface. Freshwater fish may join you on your dives, and be sure to look for the freshwater eels. Vortex has an extensive system of caves for divers who are certified for cave diving. Be warned: even certified divers have encountered problems, so make sure you are trained and equipped for this type of dive. There are also a couple of caverns you can enter to get the feel for being in an overhead environment. The caverns are large, with plenty of room ffor several people. The dive area is surrounded by a grassy hill that is the perfect place to set up gear, and to fill out your log book between dives. There are picnic tables available on a first-come, first-served bases. Non-divers have a swim area, complete with rope swing, to keep themselves busy. Accommodations, including camping, are available on site. Nothing fancy, but it is nice to be able to go back to your room to warm up between dives. You may want to haul your gear in a vehicle though.
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