Although easy to find in most Scuba guides, Paradise Springs is almost unknown and very little appreciated among the diving community outside the Ocala area.
The place is privately owned, and it features a dramatic and beautiful crevice the drops down to approximately 140 ft beneath the Earth surface.
It gives divers the opportunity to enjoy a beautiful prehistorical setting in a controlled and safe environment.
Our club have made over 30 visits this year alone to Paradise Springs, and we always feel satisfied and attracted to do it over and over again.
Paradise Springs is easy to get to. Closer to Orlando than other popular spots such as Ginnie Springs, Blue Grotto etc., and provides deeper safer dives than the above ones.
While you do need a cave certification to dive the Ginnie Springs' maze systems, you do not need one at Paradise Springs, and it is an excellent place to log some deep dive bottom time and practice diving skills such as buoyancy control, low visibility/night dive, cavern diving, etc.
The water temperature is always found at a comfortable 72 degrees, and although lights are needed to dive the site, visibility easily reaches close to 100 ft, when there are not many divers before you enter the cavern; otherwise, visibility could easily drop below 50 ft, when careless divers are present.
Capt. Kurt, the owner of Paradise Springs is a talented and friendly individual who cares for the spot.
Do not expect to find the wide variety of services and amenities you are used to. For instance, while restroom facility is present, P.S.
does not have hot showers nor food outlet. You have to bring your own drinks and/or snacks if you do not want to leave the site and drive 3 or 4 miles to one.
The place is beautiful and inviting for sun bathing, however, no facilities are there for such. Bring your own chair-lounge if you want to.
There is a cold water shower to rinse out after the dive, near the spring which is very convenient.
There are no bar-b-que grills, although a small gazebo is present. We have brought our own grill everytime we dive, and we have been able to have a great time.
Paradise Springs is not friendly to non-divers (there is nothing for them to do, since entering into the spring is only permitted to divers)...No swimming is allowed.
Admission price is $27 per diver. Air tanks refill station is available as well as equipment rental, but do not expect to find a fully equipped shop.
Overall, the place is above average due to its natural beauty, friendliness, safety and security and quality of the dive.
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