Ginnie Springs

Ginnie Springs
Florida
USA East

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Site Review by
 Jason NYC
Date: 10/29/2004

Reviewer

Site Condition
(1=worst, 5=best)

Name:  Jason NYC Entry:    5.00
Email:   Click Here Bottom:    5.00
City:   Los Angeles Reef:    1.00
State:   CA Animal:    1.00
Country:   USA Plant:    1.00
Diving:   12 years Facilities:    5.00
 Dives:   325 Solitude   3.00
    Roads:    5.00

Evaluation

*Average:    2.76
If you find yourself in the northern Florida area, do yourself a big favor and dive at Ginnie Springs. If you have ever consumed Dannon Spring Water then you have already come close to diving Ginnie because that is where the Dannon water comes from. Just for the record, I did pee in the water.
Ginnie Springs is a park with an entry fee of about $20 for divers. They have a full dive shop with gear and do tons of instruction from basic to cave level. If you have non diving family members, they will love this place. My wife and I like to dive as family members snorkel above in water so clear that after an hour long dive you feel like you could take the reg out of your mouth! Visibility is literally unlimited. Crystal clear like air and a constant, crisp 72 degrees year round!! I love it! A must do is the ballroom area. It's a very large cavern down to about 55 feet where fresh spring water rushes out through bars that prevent you from continuing deeper into the caves. At other spring entry sites in the park, full cave diving is at its best but rules prohibit those untrained in cave diving from venturing into the caves. It's fun to watch the cave divers vanish into the openings. Dive, snorkel, hike, bike, tube, kayak, and camp. You will love it. Great for all levels of diving. Easy entry and exit with no current, surf, or surge to worry about here. A great place to get comfortable as a diver. The rock formations are a wonder! Don't forget to drift dive the Sante Fe River if conditions are right.
   

Enjoyment Level

Snorkel:    5.00
Beginner:    5.00
Intermediate:    5.00
Advanced:    5.00
Night diving:    5.00
   

Seasonal Information

Season:    Summer
Year:    2003
Visibility:    5.00
Current:    5.00
Surf:    5.00
 
 


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