Blue Springs State Park
Blue Springs State Park located at 2100 W. French Avenue, Orange City Florida. Got2Dive Blue Springs early! On Sunday May 6, 2012 we arrived at 9:00 a.m. at Blue Springs and we where among last group of divers to get in the park early.
The Park opens up at 8:00 a.m. and scuba divers as well as scuba instructors with their students are already lined up waiting to get into the Park. The State Park limits the amount of divers in the spring head. A group of forty consisting of six divers or less per group is the maximum. When the maximum group of divers is met no more scuba divers are allowed to dive until the other groups pick up their certification cards and leave the park. This park system continues through out the day. Blue Springs will not allow scuba divers in the water no later than 3:00 p.m. and all Scuba Divers must be out of the Spring head by 5:00p.m.
Scuba Diving season in Blue Springs is not year round due to the West Indies manatee season which begins around mid-November through March. Towards the beginning and end of the manatee season it is possible to see them there in the springs while diving.
This shore dive has you walking about 500 yards from the parking lot to the entrance of the water. It is quite a walk in my 5mm wet suit and all my gear on my back. So what I like to do is bring a garden utility cart and pull my gear already assembled to the water entrance and lock it up during our dive. This is a great way to get your gear to the waters edge and not get over heated or exhausted in the Florida heat.
Besides one of Florida’s unique fresh water dives. It is a fresh water shore dive, a cavern and cave and it is one of the most inexpensive scuba dive sites around! The Park charges $3.00 dollars per diver to dive the spring head. It’s the BEST deal to try out some new scuba gear, camera or to just get wet in between salt water dives.
It is a must! Add this to your Got2Dive plan…Blue Springs!