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Florida's Ten Worst Dive Sites

Discussion in 'Florida' started by deepstops, Dec 21, 2007.

  1. Fish_Whisperer

    Fish_Whisperer Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: In a car underwater with time to kill....
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    Unless you are a cave diver, Vortex Spring really sucks. All things considered, it's really pretty dull, but good for OW classes.
     
  2. Tom Smedley

    Tom Smedley Tommy ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives:
    Location: Montgomery, AL
    2,272
    50
    48
    Oh heck - I guess I can name ONE bad dive site in Florida. I hate to admit it but I think that bugman will agree even though it's free.

    The sinkhole next to Sally's Restaurant....

    It's not the clarity, or the lack of something to see, or the depth. It's those doggone leaches! God I hate leaches!

    As for Vortex - you can say what you want but it is a wonderful training facility. Grass to the waterline instead of sand, bathrooms that flush, showers, steps in and out of the water, fish that love viennas. It's a great place.

    If you notice there are two holes at Vortex - the spring and that other thing. The other thing was dug years ago in hopes of something to be determined. Connie had me dive in the other thing once to recover a fire hose. Knee deep mud, zero visibility, bathtub hot, coarse sand in the middle that filled back in as fast as I could dig. A challenge and man I loved it!!
     
  3. Fish_Whisperer

    Fish_Whisperer Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: In a car underwater with time to kill....
    6,317
    18
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    Hahaha... Sounds like an interesting dive! :D My problem is, I've dived Vortex so many times, I can close my eyes and see every single object and feature in there, from the dock and stairs to the cavern, and everything in between. "Familiarity breeds contempt." But yes, the facilities are the best, bar none. (no pun intended) :)
     
  4. Walter

    Walter Instructor, Scuba

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    You missed the wreck. There's quite a bit of it left, much more than a few plates of steel.
     
  5. SuPrBuGmAn

    SuPrBuGmAn Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Tallahassee, FL
    12,436
    290
    83
    Bwahaha! Not only the leaches, but I hate having to burn contaminated gear after use! :eyebrow:
     
  6. cmufieldhockey8

    cmufieldhockey8 Loggerhead Turtle

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Auburn, AL
    1,537
    0
    0
    Has somebody dive Sally's Cesspool without me?!:11:
     
  7. SuPrBuGmAn

    SuPrBuGmAn Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Tallahassee, FL
    12,436
    290
    83
    LOL! Would you be jealous? :D

    Still waiting for ideal conditions, more gators, more duckcrap, and more sewage! :no
     
  8. Bob

    Bob Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives:
    Location: Florida
    1,231
    0
    36
    The worse dive I have ever done here in Florida is Lake Tulane in Avon Park. Lake Denton isn't a good dive site, but a good training venue. We do all our rescue classes there. :palmtree: Bob
     
  9. Crazy Fingers

    Crazy Fingers Barracuda

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    Walter, have you dove there since the hurricanes a few years back? There was very little left when I was there. Some people said the hurricanes destroyed it.
     
  10. The Chairman

    The Chairman Chairman of the Board

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Cave Country!
    59,612
    27,937
    113
    You know... one of my favorite lakes is right there: Lake Isis. Much nicer than Denton.
     

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