Scuba Diving in Texas?
Truth be told, most Texas lakes are too murky to be suitable for recreational scuba diving, and NOBODY wants to dive in a cattle tank! Yuk! Fortunately, here in North Texas we are within an hour's drive of several lakes and quarries that offer very good diving conditions. The Scuba Ranch is a scuba park located in nearby Terrell, Texas. Wheeler Branch Reservoir is located in Glen Rose. Both are very good locations to conduct scuba training classes and both are great places to explore. Underwater platforms for training, numerous species of fish and underwater wrecks are just a few of the things that make these two locations ideal for the beginner, as well as the experienced scuba diver.
Other dive-worthy lakes can be found at Athens Scuba Park, Huntsville's Blue Lagoon, in Austin (Lake Travis), Lake Whitney, Possum Kingdom among others. If you are looking for swimming pool clear water (without traveling to the Caribbean) Spring Lake, located at The Meadows Center in San Marcos is a spring fed lake (formerly Aquarena Springs). Diving here is only permitted after participation in the Spring Lake Dive Authorization course (DAC). This is to preserve the natural state of the lake and to protect the 8 federally listed endangered species that reside there.
Looking for something offshore? If you have ever been to the Texas coast, you probably didn't look into the murky water and think, "Hey, I'd like to scuba dive in that!" It's true that water movement churns up so much of the bottom sediment around our coastline that it restricts visibility to a few inches. But, once you get offshore, the murkiness clears and you are left with much clearer water and some really great diving conditions.
If an island vacation is on your bucket list, consider getting scuba certified BEFORE you take your trip. Not only is is often MUCH cheaper, but you will already have some diving experience under your belt before you get there, so you can spend your time really enjoying your vacation dives.
The fact is, there are lots of reasons to start your scuba diving experience right here in North Texas. We look forward to meeting you and we hope you will give us the opportunity to introduce you to the sport of Scuba Diving and to the underwater world.