Snorkel & Dive at Vortex Spring

1517 Vortex Springs Lane

A mecca for diving, snorkeling, and swimming enthusiast alike. If you love the water this is the place for you.

SCUBA & Free Diving:

Established in 1972 by Doc and Ruth Dockery, Vortex Spring is home to the Red & White "Diver Down" Flag and is one of the largest diving facilities in the state of Florida, with 28 million gallons of crystal "gin" clear water daily at a year round temperature of 68 degrees. 

The spring basin is 50 feet deep at the mouth of the cavern. Surface lit during the day and inhabited by Koi, Gar, Catfish, American Eels, Redhorse Suckers, Blue Gill, and Bass to name a few. These will surely be your constant companions, and are tame enough to eat right out of your hand, an underwater photographers dream. The cavern continues another one hundred yards, to a depth of 115 feet at the cave system security gate. The white sand bottom and shimmering air pockets make for a breathtaking experience! 

SCUBA and Free Diving in all aspects is a very dangerous sport. You must be properly trained and equipped before you attempt.

Dive Shop:

The Dive Shop is conveniently located close to the spring basin, and offers a complete line of

  • Diving and Snorkeling Equipment
  • Diving and Snorkeling Rental Gear
  • Air Fill Stations (Air and Nitrox)
  • Swimming Gear and Toys
  • Camping Supplies
  • Basic Groceries and Snacks
  • Tee Shirts, Stickers and Much More...


Vortex Spring offers beautiful campgrounds and lodging facilities and is equipped with bathroom and shower facilities.

Vortex Spring also offers SCUBA diving classes for those who are not certified.

For more information, visit their website at:

Pack List

  • General Admission Pass
  • Diving Pass (If Diving)
  • Dive Release Form To Be Filled Out At The Dive Shop (If Diving)
  • Bathing Suit / Wetsuit
  • Mask/Snorkel
  • Fins
  • Scuba Equipment (If Diving)
  • Waterproof Camera
  • Towel
  • Water
  • Food
  • Tent Or Hammock (If Camping)
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Activities Canoeing, Chillin, Camping, Photography, Kayaking, Swimming, Hiking, Diving
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Food Nearby
Picnic Area
Swimming Hole


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Overall rating: 

I love diving here! The fish are so tame, they will swim up to you.

I'll forever remember this place because its where I got certified to SCUBA dive! Its about 40 feet deep to the mouth of the cave, and there are lots of different fish to identify and photograph.

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