Paradise Springs

    Take Interstate 75 to State Road 40(old exit 69) and head east 3 miles to Pine Avenue (Hwy 301-441-27).  Turn (right) follow about eight miles to where the road begins to split. Take the first available U-turn after the road comes back together. Now you will be heading north on 301-441-27. As the roadway divides again, you will see a mail box with a dive flag next to a dirt road. Follow the dirt road about a half mile (cross the railroad tracks) to Paradise Springs. Phone 1-904-368-5746

    Paradise Springs is a commercially operated dive site. This is an advanced (cavern and cave) dive, so open water divers should limit their depth to 60 feet while those with cavern and cave training are welcome to go further. The maximum depth at Paradise Springs is 140 feet. At best the whole spring should be considered to be a cavern dive and you should be appropriately trained for an overhead environment. Anything below 100 feet is absolutely a cave dive and should not be attempted without the correct training, equipment, and gas mix. You need lights throughout the dive. The entrance fee is $27, though reservations are no longer accepted and there are air fills available on the site for about $5. This is a nice dive with visibility often being excellent, although you should arrive early or during a weekday to avoid the crowd. Depths can reach 140ft, though it really starts to get silty past 100 feet where a warning sign is posted.



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