Diepolder II & III
The Diepolder caves are on the property of the Sand Hill Boy Scout Camp on Hwy 50 between Brookesville and Weeki Wachee Springs.
The caves consist of what is known as Diepolder 2 and Diepolder 3. Very large rooms and extreme depths are encountered, with depths of 360 and 300 feet respectively. A very interesting article and photo spread appears in the March 1999 issue of National Geographic Magazine. You must be at least Abe Davis or Wakulla Award rated (meaning at least 100 full cave dives in at least 5 different systems) in order to dive with the guide here. You will have to either provide proof of one of these 'awards' or have a written log book documenting at least 100 cave dives. Due to the extreme depths encountered, these sites are restricted to guided dives conducted through the Florida Speleological Researchers, Inc. FSR guides include:
Rob Anderson E-Mail: randerson007(at)alltel.net
Lloyd Bailey E-Mail: lwb(at)atlantic.net
Dustin Clesi E-Mail: steamboat(at)atlantic.net
Rick Crawford E-Mail: odincrawford(at)windstream.net
Greg Flanagan E-Mail: greg(at)gsflaw.com
Larry Green E-Mail: lgreen(at)atlantic.net
Bill Main E-Mail: hogarth(at)gru.net
Bill Oestreich E-Mail: bird(at)birdsunderwater.com
Johnny Richards E-Mail: johnny(at)cavediving.com
Dale Sweet E-Mail: dsweet3(at)tampabay.rr.com
Alex Warren E-Mail: Warren1(at)tampabay.rr.com
At a minimum, qualified cave divers interested in diving Diepolder must contact a guide for access, must be full cave certified by NACD or NSS/CDS, demonstrate Abe Davis or Wakulla Award rating or equivalent (100+ full cave dives since full cave certification in at least 5 different systems) must be trimix certified and must be a member of FSR. Other requirements and restrictions also apply; contact a guide for details."