Dive Trips

Mermett Springs

For a dive trip in driving distance, it’s hard to beat Mermett Springs. Just outside of Metropolis – hometown of Superman – in southern Illinois, Mermett Springs is an underwater playground for divers. There are several entry docks, and assorted platforms at 20 to 100 feet for training, which makes it ideal for the Advanced Open Water diver course  and for the Wreck Diver course.

Even if you don’t take a certification class, you can come dive with us. The water is usually clear, all the better to explore the sunken planes, helicopter, boat, bus, motorcycle, yard ornaments, and of course the fish! You’ll find sunfish around the phone booth, big black catfish and huge white catfish near the deep platform, and even bigger paddlefish along the back wall.

We will typically check into the hotel Friday evening, dive Saturday morning, dive Saturday afternoon, and night dive at dark. Sunday morning we’ll dive some more before heading home.
Tip: The water tends to be a little cool below the thermocline, so a hooded vest with your 5 mil, or even 7 mil wet suit is comfortable. You may want a little extra weight if you're used to diving in a 3 mil suit. Jeff can set you up with everything you need before we go. There is a concession trailer on site where you can usually get burgers and dogs, or you may want to bring a cooler so you can grab a bite between dives. Restrooms and showers are available on site. Remember to bring your C-card!
 

Norfork Lake

Norfork Lake provides a fun weekend of boat diving.  We meet Friday night in Mountain Home Arkansas and take the boat out at Jordan Marina.  An Ozark lake that normally has good visibility and warm summer water, Norfork has dozens of mapped dive sites to choose from.  The easy boat diving makes it great for beginners, and the variety of dive sites keeps it interesting for experienced divers.  The Ozark lakes make for great family dive trips too!  Most summers a 3 mil wetsuit is all you'll need, although carrying a vest for repetitive dives is a good idea.


You can bring a cooler on the boat, or grab lunch at the marina when we go back for more air.  Once we get off the water on Saturday night, we'll scramble to get to the bbq place before they close...it's worth it!


Captain Jeff does all the footwork, so the trip includes two nights lodging plus all the boating expenses and air fills for the whole weekend.


Table Rock Lake

Table Rock Lake is a great weekend dive trip for beginners and experienced divers alike.  Dive sites are scattered around the lake…boats, walls, sunken forests and caverns are all fun boat dives. Sometimes we also shore dive at the dam.  We arrive Friday night, dive all day Saturday and half a day Sunday.  In between we eat, sleep and see who has the best stories. This is always a fun trip with lots of camaraderie.
 

The trip includes all your boat expenses, with “Captain” Jeff to make sure we get the boat to the dive sites, air tank fills, two nights hotel, and breakfast for a very reasonable amount.  Boats have limited capacity, so call Jeff today to reserve your seat.

Tip: A 3 or 5 mil suit works well for this trip, and you may want a hooded vest for repeat dives.  There is a concession stand at the marina for lunch when we go back for more tanks, or you can bring a cooler or snacks on the boat.
 
 
The Oriskany

For an exciting weekend dive, come with us to the Oriskany! It’s an aircraft carrier off the coast of Pensacola, Florida.  It’s massive and exciting, with the United States flag still flying (floating in the current) over the tower.  Climb the tower, play lookout, or just watch the barracuda. This is a deep dive, sometimes with a strong current; if you haven’t already gotten your Advanced Open Water certification you should arrange to take the class this summer before diving the Oriskany.  You can dive this within recreational dive limits, or if you have the training you can do it as a tech dive.  Call Jeff at Scuba Adventure for details.

Tip: Warm water makes this comfortable in a 3 mil suit, and there is no noticeable thermocline to worry about. There will be bottled water on the boat, but you may want to bring a light snack for between dives.  Ginger root is great for preventing seasickness. Don’t forget to bring your C-card!

Those of us needing another dive will stay a little longer on Sunday to shore dive the new artificial reefs!
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