Alexander Springs

Florida
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Cavern Diving

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 West of Deland


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05/20/2015 FlaJoe51 (Avg: 2.90 Review) - My son and I went down on a sunny Saturday in April. This was our first solo dive after getting our C card. The facilities were nice with hot shower to rinse off. There was a scuba class going on with about 15 divers while we were there. They DO NOT have a fill station or equipment at this location. There are a lot of swimmers and snorkelers as well. Max depth on our PUCK was 23 feet with 72F temperature. Our next outing is going to be Troy Springs near Lake City. We want to practice our buoyancy and get used to our equipment.

05/27/2010 Chance (Avg: 2.35 Review) - Great beginner dive site. Only problem I had, I am from Missouri and the large 10' Gator named Alice swimming overhead during my dive made me a bit uneasy. Wouldn't, even if I could, dive this site at night.

05/24/2010 Anonymous (Avg: 2.75 Review) - Awesome place for beginner divers or if you haven't been down in a while. Impossible to hurt yourself. Great visibility, but little to see. A nice, easy dive, but plan on being bored after 30 minutes. Great to go with others who don't dive, as they can play in the springs.

02/16/2008 Anonymous (Avg: 3.47 Review) - A very nice place to dive. There were many animals, from otters, to turtles, to fish. This is a one-tank dive though. It's a good place for beginners, with a fair current at the source.

02/25/2007 Hopskotch (Avg: 3.36 Review) - Alexander Springs is a great beginner dive site and a place to get familiar with your gear. The sand is not as fine as other, more silty springs and tends to get stuck in your gear, or hair or any other uncomfortable crevis it might get an opportunity to. I got a free-flowing octo after doing some bottom drills. Visibility is wonderful and you can see 60-100 ft easy, with a beautiful blue hue (bring your red filter if you have a camera). The bottom of the spring boil will give you some nice rock formations with a few surprises and a cave that you're not really allowed to muck with. It's a mid 30' dive at its deepest, but is relaxing and easy. There is an abundance of marine life including turtles, bass, brim, placosthamas, freshwater eel, gar and more. There is even a mating pair of gators at the spring that you might catch a glimpse of. The walk is long from the parking lot, especially laden with gear, but entry into the dive site is very easy when you get there. They don't like divers using the bathrooms at the lot as there is a shower at the beach to rinse off with to cut down on cleanups. An early dive in the winter will almost guarantee you a private experience. Later dives will earn you a few snorkelers and/or swimmers. Summer months will be rather busy with swimmers and snorkelers, and vis will suffer. Bottom line: the earlier the better. Overall I love this spring. It's small, but beautiful, and well worth the $5 entry into the park.

02/02/2007 Dave K (Avg: 3.62 Review) - Very nice Florida State Park with lots of swimmers. Not much depth but lots of beauty. You will need to rinse your hair and gear well afterwards due to the sand in the boil. Fun dive with little or no challenge.

09/15/2006 HolyDiver (Avg: 3.33 Review) - This is a great place for the beginner diver or to freshen up on your scuba skills. There is one big downfall at this spring. If there are many people diving at this site, visibility will be poor. The sand is so loose that it gets kicked up with the current when agitated. If you dive at this site, wear a beanie cap. Especially for the ladies or those of you with long/thick hair. You'll have to wash your hair out 5 times just to get the sand out of your scalp. I just revisited Alexander on Saturday, 9/9/06. I had a great time. The boil is a bit larger now and there is a small cavern.

02/11/2005 Stan (Avg: 3.27 Review) - This site is close to where I live so I've been to it a number of times. It is a great place to practice skills, or try out new equipment. It's also a fun place to just relax on the bottom. We have seen quite a bit of wildlife from gars and alligators, to turtles and lots of fish.

09/01/2004 Tjalmy (Avg: 2.76 Review) - There was an article in the local paper recently about the state's removal of 1000 cu. yards of sand removed from the spring head. If you haven't seen Alexander recently, you'll find it's much bigger and deeper now. I'll post again after we get up there and dive it.

06/01/2004 Stephen Armstrong (Avg: 3.16 Review) - I dove this site in mid February and was overall pleased. The water conditions were good with almost unlimited visibility. Water temp was constant 72* so bring you 3mm wet suit for this dive (full suit will be more comfortable because water can get chilly after being in for about 30min). Max depth was 25ft. There isn't really too much fish life but there are some small crevices to look at. There is NO cave or cavern here so it is a Novice dive. I myself am a novice diver with just over 20 dives under my belt 1 year of experience and found this site to be a little bit boring after a while. Not a bad place to tone up skills after not diving for a while or to try out some new equipment I'm sure. If you live near this spring then go for it but I would not go out of my way to go here.

08/21/2003 Anonymous (Avg: 3.00 Review) - This is a good site to do some open water training or just a short relaxing dive. There is a spring with a small cavern. The cavern is small and is safe for novice divers.


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Diver Averages for  Alexander Springs  (1=worst, 5=best)


Average Site Condition

Ease of Shore Entry:  4.18
Bottom Conditions:  3.45
Reef Conditions:  2.00
Animal Life:  3.00
Plant Life:  3.00
Facilities:  3.73
Solitude 2.45
Roads:  3.64
*Site Average:  3.09
   

Average Enjoyment Level

Snorkel:  4.18
Beginner Scuba:  4.73
Intermediate Scuba:  2.55
Advanced Scuba:  1.45
Night diving Scuba:  1.82

Number of reviews for this site: 11

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