Dutch Springs

Dutch Springs
Pennsylvania
USA East

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Site Review by
 Jim Homan
Date: 02/05/2008

Reviewer

Site Condition
(1=worst, 5=best)

Name:  Jim Homan Entry:    5.00
Email:   Click Here Bottom:    3.00
City:   Reading Reef:    1.00
State:   PA Animal:    4.00
Country:   USA Plant:    2.00
Diving:   31 years Facilities:    4.00
 Dives:   1500 Solitude   1.00
    Roads:    4.00

Evaluation

*Average:    2.94
As an instructor I used to take my students here for open-water dives. The facilities are excellent, and one of the owner's top concerns is safety. Rafts suspended 10 to 15 feet under the surface make for excellent platforms to work on skills. Because of Dutch Spring's proximity to Philadelphia, New York and the Lehigh Valley, it tends to get crowded, especially on summer weekends. The earlier you get into the water, the better visibility will be. If you get away from the muddy flats and follow some of the walls along the side of the quarry, visibility can be about 40-50 feet, even during the peek diving time. Trout, bluegill and bass are common. In fact many bass will follow divers hoping they will stir up a crawfish or two. Several interesting things have been sunk in the quarry, including a helicopter, a fire engine, a van and several boats. Also some of the mining equipment is still visible in parts of the quarry.    

Enjoyment Level

Snorkel:    2.00
Beginner:    4.00
Intermediate:    4.00
Advanced:    4.00
Night diving:    4.00
   

Seasonal Information

Season:    Summer
Year:    2004
Visibility:    4.00
Current:    5.00
Surf:    5.00
 
 


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