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Diving is a fun sport that allows you to explore underwater water life. Any location for scuba diving can be a good location. There are a few places we want to share that will give any diver great memories and beautiful scenes.

Santa Rosa, NM, The Blue Hole

Known as one of the best in-land scuba diving adventures, The Blue Hole makes its mark as our top choice for New Mexico diving experience. There are wonderful amenities if you are still new to the diving world including: 

  • Plenty of parking spaces
  • Training dock located at Perch lake
  • Meeting and training rooms
  • Showers and warm room
  • Changing facilities and bathrooms
  • Underwater platforms for training
  • Scuba equipment rental and tank refills
  • Wall diving and live fish.

The Blue Hole is an open water area for diving and recreational swimming. This geological wonder is only one of seven sinkholes with an underwater natural spring connected to completely water-filled caverns. Midland Dive Association calls this one of their most visited sites for classes. 

Continuing our search for great locations to dive, we have to mention that the rest of our list is in Texas. 

San Solomon Spring- Balmorhea, TX

Texas has many lakes and springs which are ideal for diving. San Solomon Spring, for instance, is used not only to dive but for scuba training as well. 

A little history about the spring: The Civilian Conservation Corps turned San Solomon Spring into the world’s largest spring-fed swimming pool during the time of the Great Depression. Since then it has been known as a visually appealing spot for recreational swimming, diving, and scuba training. There is an assortment of freshwater fish to keep you company while you dive, including catfish, pupfish, and even turtles. This is why Midland Dive Association uses this site quite often for classes. The visibility in the spring is so clear that even if a diver disturbs the bottom of the pool it would not affect visibility. The water is calm and remains warm all year round. There are also amenities including: 

  • Stride entrances and entry ladders
  • Group shelter and multi-use building with restrooms
  • Adobe cottages

And though there are no available rentals for scuba diving on the grounds, there is a Scuba center adjacent to the park. As of the 1960s, San Solomon Spring was officially converted to an official natural body of water, allowing the conservation and protection it deserves.

288 Lake – Houston, TX

There is a diving spot not too far from Houston’s downtown city life where you can dive down a lake through the clear water and find sunken ships.  In this open lake area, some multiple docks and platforms have a lot of space that is great for scuba training.  Of course, this picturesque scene would not be complete without its sandy beaches and a beautiful surrounding area which allows a relaxing outdoor experience. This open water area allows for kayaking, open water swimming, and diving.

With a 25 feet visibility range and six sunken boats, it is easy to see why this dive spot is one of our favorites. 

Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary, Texas Gulf

The Flower Garden Banks is the northernmost coral reef on America’s continental shelf. It is known for having beautiful thriving coral communities. This Texas scuba diving location has 22 different coral species and more than 250 species of fish. It is also not uncommon for a diver to encounter manta rays and different types of sharks, depending on the season. If you are lucky enough to dive after the full moon in August you could catch the coral spawning which is where new animal life is created in the water.

There is also never a bad season to dive. Temperatures are usually never lower than the 60s and not usually higher than the mid -80′ s. Visibility also ranges from 30-60 feet during the winter months and as much as 100 feet during the summer.

Amistad Lake, Texas

Lake Amistad, a National Recreation Area, is known to have some of the best diving conditions for freshwater diving. There is a high algae growth time that does limit some visibility, but otherwise, the clarity in your dives could be as much as 50 feet.

There is an important rule that must be followed if you choose to dive into Lake Amistad. The rule is to leave any historical artifacts undisturbed as they are protected by federal law. It is also important to note that many underwater caves should only be explored if you are properly trained and even trained divers can find themselves with zero visibility in an instant. 

With diving, boating, fishing, and spearfishing it is a fun and exciting locale with multiple dive sites such as:

  • Viewpoint Cliffs and Scuba Cove at Diablo East
  • Castle Canyon 
  • Highway 90 Bridge
  • Brite Ranch House

Aquarena Springs, San Marcos

Better known as “Spring Lake”, Aquarena Springs is the headwaters of the San Marcos River. With constant temperatures of 72 degrees and over 200 artesian springs that bubble up from the headwater, Spring Lake is a favorite of many divers. 

The lake is located at the Meadows Center for Water. So many positives arise from this spring such as having eight threatened and endangered species of wildlife and being the longest inhabited site in North America year-round.  The area is also thought to be where the turtle population is the densest and to have the world’s largest aquifer-driven spring system. 

This spring is thought to be at least 12,000 years old and because of this, it is a state antiquities landmark. There are always collaborative projects for ongoing biological and archaeological research. This makes this site a literal dive into history. 

Windy Point Park, Austin, TX

Windy Point Park is known as one of the go-to open water diving spots in Texas. It is used quite often as a training ground to help Underwater Rescue Operations and Fire Rescue learn how to help save lives. One of the reasons it is sought out by divers is because the unique statues that are found underwater include a sculpture of a scuba diver, a turtle, and a shark. There are also many different items to locate and sunken boats. If you look in the right spot there is even a Pinto underwater.  This is also a place most visited by Midland Scuba Association classes. 

With the ability of an on-site fill station and a courtesy cart to transport equipment the ability to dive is made easy by Travis Lake. There is a deep water canyon wall that plunges to over 100 feet down. 

Possum Kingdom, Texas

This location is one of the oldest inland scuba spots for all of Texas. It is a great area with clear waters and many spots to find treasure along the way. This diving area was made thanks to the Morris Sheppard Dam that was created to control flooding from the Bravos River. Visibility ranges to up to 100 feet in the area closest to the dam. There is also an air fill station close by. In the lower section of the lake, there are many caves and cutouts and a steep wall made of rock to explore. 

If you are lucky in your dive you could find one of many fossils from the Cretaceous period. Dinosaurs left their mark, so much that not too far away in the southeast corner of the Possum Kingdom rests the Dinosaur Valley State Park. 

This area is protected for divers and has many interesting things to see besides fossils such as sunken boats and a few cars. There is also a fiberglass dome and a drive-in restaurant sign in the lake to explore. 

Some of the more promising dive sites include:

  • Scuba Point
  • Scenic Point Cove
  • Governor’s Cove
  • Scuba Point’s private cove
  • Hell’s Gate

In all of these diving sites, there are fish such as blue and channel catfish, smallmouth, largemouth, and striped bass, sunfish, algae, and small crabs. 

The Scuba Ranch, Terrell, Texas

Previously called Clear Springs Scuba Park, The Scuba Ranch is a family-owned and operated location with 22 acres of a spring-fed lake. There is plenty of wildlife here including Sisco, the largest freshwater shark in North America. There is always something new to see when diving. It has a natural habitat that houses turtles and fish. Scuba classes for Midland Scuba Association visit this site quite often, as well. 

There are rentals available for a basic scuba kit, snorkel kit, and a variety of accessories needed for your dive. Water conditions are usually quite nice and there are people on site who can help with equipment checks. The scuba locale is being built up with more exciting attractions every year and is a great place to get your feet wet. 

Athens Scuba Park, Athens TX

The scuba park was built in 1986 and created by a family of scuba divers who know what divers want. With visibility ranging 35-70 feet and a depth from 20-35 feet, this facility is created for a safe fun-filled dive. There are 11 diving docks and a full-service dive shop. The area is a spring-fed clear warm water lake with a night diving area and many treasure hunts. 

In your dive, you could see a Hawker 600 jet, a few sailboats, a couple of cabin cruisers, and a film crew triple deck party barge from Clint Eastwood’s crew. There is an availability of rentals and campsites to stay overnight in. Divers can also enjoy a gear rinse station after they engage in their underwater fun. 

Mammoth Lake, Lake Jackson Texas

In Lake Jackson, there is a location where divers like to enjoy a day of touring under the water’s surface. The lake received its name from the finding of a skull that was from the ice age. This mammoth was unearthed from Clute, which is nearby. 

There is a depth of 61-70 feet and a visibility of 5-10 feet normally. There is a full-service dive shop and there is more than one great dive location. There are also bathrooms readily available as well as air fill stations. When you dive into this historic lake you have the opportunity to see a fire truck, a church steeple, a tire pit, or a gorilla. 

This area is a former archeological dig site that makes this attraction a noteworthy historical landmark. 

South Padre Island, South Padre Texas

 Known worldwide as a divers dream for unspoiled waters in the Texas Riviera, this location was the territory of pirates and the Spanish Galleons. The island has a full dive center complete with repair services and equipment for scuba gear. 

Because this location is in the Gulf of Mexico, the conditions are not able to be controlled and there are other factors to consider, like current changes. It is recommended that you are more advanced in your diving skills to make sure you are prepared for this type of dive. 

See the wildlife of the sea and sunken boats, there are dolphins known to be in the area as well. 

There is always a destination for what you want in the dive world. Some of the best are not far from home, in either New Mexico or Texas. Find new areas to be in and enjoy beautiful underwater sites close to home.

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