Links to the Different Dive Locations

(Check each to discover the full range of options.)

Chattahoochee River:

The Chattahoochee River runs down the border between Georgia and Alabama, dividing Columbus and Phenix City. We have a couple common dive sites where we conduct training. The bottom composition varies, but is mostly gravel. Car sized bolders cover the bottom in other parts. Artifacts can still be located from both cities' rich historical pasts. Some of our shop's divers spend many hours searching for war relics or arrow heads. We have placed an anchor point and buoy in one location. Lines on the bottom direct divers to key points.

Diving depths from 2 feet to 31 feet.

Visibility: Usually 5 to 15 feet, but it can drop to 6 inches depending on the time of year and recent weather. Contact the shop for updates.

Water temperature: During the summer months, temperatures are almost the same as the air and will range from 85 F to 90F. In the winter the temperatures can drop to the low 50's. No matter time of year there is no noticable thermocline.

Aquatic life: bass, catfish, turtles, and carp.

Dive Alabama:

"The Pelham Keys," a 26-acre former limestone quarry in Pelham, Alabama. Variety is not a a problem at the popular dive site, which carries a fleet of dive attractions. Consider this underwater inventory: two fire trucks from the 1940s, cars, trucks and boats ranging from 20 to 70 feet deep, a 19-foot wooden sailboat with sails up, a school bus, concrete pipes seven feet inside diameter 16 ft long each, 10 underwater training platforms, and a surface platform that simulates a boat.

Diving depths from 4 feet to 150 feet.

Visibility: Usually more than 25 feet in the summer, and in the cooler months it ranges up to 50 feet.

Water temperature: During the warmer months (mid-June through mid-September) the surface temperature is approximately 86 F. The bottom temperature always ranges from 52 F to 54 F , with two or three thermoclines, depending on time of year.

Aquatic life: bass, sunfish, catfish, brim, bluegill, Japanese coy, carp, rainbow trout, turtles.

Vortex Spring:

Student training platforms are provided for instruction at the 20-foot level along with a "talk box," (a large inverted container anchored to a concrete base providing air space for conversation). The spring basin is 50 feet deep at the mouth of the beautiful, ledge-like cavern. There are two artificial caves that are open at both ends, providing training and fun for divers who are not yet cavern/cave certified.

Diving depths from 2 feet to 50 feet.

Visability: Usually around 15 feet to 25 feet.

Water temperature: Year round the temperature varies from 68 F to 72 F. There is no thermocline because water flows directly from the aquifer.

Aquatic life: river catfish, harmless american freshwater eels, redhorse suckers, turtles, and a school of very rare, exotic "shadow bass."

Ginnie Springs:

Enjoy the seven crystal-clear, freshwater springs nestled in over 200 wooded acres along the banks of the Santa Fe River in Florida. Each day, the 7 separate springs of Ginnie Springs Outdoors discharge hundreds of millions of gallons of crystal-clear water that is a constant 72 degrees, year round. The Ginnie Spring basin is a large, bowl-shaped depression measuring over 100 feet across and 15 feet deep. A 150-foot long run connects the basin to the nearby Santa Fe River. The chief attraction here is the Ginnie cavern, whose wide, open entrance can be found at the bottom of the basin. Devil Spring (also known as "Little" Devil) is a four-foot-wide fracture at the head of the Devil Spring system run. It is 50 feet long and almost as deep. Divers who descend to the bottom of this crack will be rewarded with a breath-taking view as they look skyward. Even from the very bottom, it is not unusual to look up through the clear water and be able to count the leaves on the trees over head. Devil's Eye is a round opening, 20 feet across and equally deep. At the bottom is the entrance to a small, intricately decorated cavern. Certified divers may enter the cavern and explore up to the limit of what they can see, using available sunlight. Devil's Ear is a canyon-like opening located where the Devil Spring run joins the Santa Fe River. At the bottom of this opening, water gushes from a cave opening with nearly fire-hydrant-like force. Although the water in the Devil's Ear basin is generally crystal clear, it is common for it to be covered with a thin layer of tannin-stained river water. This phenomenon enables divers to sit in the basin's clear water and look up at the sun and trees through a unique, stained-glass effect created by the river water.

Diving depths from 2 feet to 60 feet.

Visability: usually around 30 feet to 40 feet.

Water temperature: Year round the temperature is 72 F because water flows directly from the aquifer

Aquatic life: river catfish, freshwater flounders, gar, and turtles.

 
 

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