Vortex Springs, Ponce de Leon

#8 of 10 in Theme Parks in Florida Panhandle
Vortex Spring is the premier inland Florida dive resort on the Gulf Coast & the largest diving facility in the state. Since 1972 Vortex has been recognized as one of the best & safest diving destinations in the U.S. This Panhandle diver paradise is "the Mecca of dive training" says Southern Diver Magazine. Northern Florida has a crown jewel in this treasure that offers a diving class for every level of SCUBA training which is scheduled at your convenience. Every open water certified diver gets a superior adventure, and Vortex offers cavern and cave diving for certified cavern and cave divers. Vortex offers professional instructors, clear visibility & diving 364 days a year.

Vortex is a top ranked training facility and offers SCUBA diving training at any level. Great course prices are only the beginning. Vortex offers a weed free, clear spring dive. Wildlife is abundant and approachable. Some of our fish are record-size. Entry and exits are assisted by strong docks with stairs to aid in managing SCUBA equipment. If you have special needs, be sure to let us know. We have successfully trained SCUBA students with major physical challenges as well as serious water fear issues.

Vortex Spring produces 28 million gallons of crystal clear water daily at a year-round temperature of 68 degrees with no thermocline. It is one of Mother Nature's most extraordinary creations! Vortex waters flow out to create "Blue Creek," an excellent opportunity for photos while snorkeling &/or canoeing. Blue Creek flows over one half mile before entering another northern Florida waterway. Vortex provides drinking water to surrounding communities and has been used for emergency firefighting needs.
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  • For my first time coming I was impressed. They have many houses for large groups to rent as well as camp grounds for both RVs and tents. The shop was awesome as it had food and drinks while also servi...  more »
  • Vortex springs is fun for the family.lots to do for divers and non divers. Beautiful springs to swim and meet new people  more »
  • Great place to Scuba dive. Cabins for 1 or 8 people. Walk to the Water.
  • It's a shame the diving fee has gone to $25 and no season pass for divers. The dive shop used to be such a curiosity...not anymore.

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