By Kevin Mims

Have you ever dreamed of scuba diving in the cool water of Crystal River? 

Did you know it’s possible to learn the basics of scuba diving in the course of a morning or afternoon, and start exploring that same day?

Three Sisters Springs is located near the West Coast of Florida, about 90 minutes north of Tampa. Known as a popular destination for diving, snorkeling, eco-tours, and boating, the springs are the perfect place for the nature lover’s vacation - including swimming with manatees.

The shallow springs are also the place for you to learn the do's and don'ts of scuba diving, with areas of waist-deep water allowing you to stand up and familiarize yourself with the regulator, oxygen tank, mask and more. Getting accustomed to the gear assures a smooth scuba experience, so you’re able to breathe comfortably underwater and explore all that Three Sisters Springs Park has to offer.

After spending the morning or afternoon with a guide, you’ll be able to embark on your personal adventure through the springs. It's a fine way to beat the heat during hot summer days, with the water consistently ranging from a refreshing 68 to 72 degrees year-round. With depths up to 14 feet there’s plenty to explore while under water, with a variety of fish and those curious, blubbery manatees swimming freely through the springs. 

When you go...

Need some guidance? Try Bird's Underwater Dive Center.

Check out information about visiting-- on land or under the water-- from Three Sisters Springs Park

Here's more information about the Crystal River area from its visitors services.



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