Scuba diving in Ridge Manor
Ridge Manor's special location in the Gulf of Mexico
gives it an advantage for scuba diving. Snorkelers and scuba
divers like this spot for its diversity of
You will be fascinated by the sinks and springs in the area
and with its abundance of aqua life.
Always dive according to your level of training.
Never enter the water without checking with
Ridge Manor dive
centers for safety, additional information, level required
for each dive site and without being accompanied by a
All the information provided is purely informative for our
readers and shouldn't be used as is to plan your immersion.
Average annual temperature: Between 22°C and 28°C
(72° F and 84° F)
Average Water surface temperature: 28°C (84° F)
Visibility often averaging: Visibility is between 15
to 30 feet (4-9 meters)
Coldest time: January
Warmest time: July
Possible to dive all year round.
Ridge Manor is in the Gulf of Mexico, which is famous
for its variety of dive sites. Ridge Manor dive sites makes
a great home to turtles and a safe haven for many kinds of
aqua life. Springs and sinks in the Gulf of Mexico are
famous for the huge depth like the Weeki Wachee spring which
can reach 550 feet (167 meters) deep. Ridge Manor, in
Hernando County is a good place to get your first
lessons. Dive centers here offer certification at all
levels. Also you can practice your cave diving in one of its
Some dive sites near Ridge Manor.
Weeki Wachee Springs is about 150 feet (45 meters)
wide and 250 feet (76 meters) long. The flow is very strong
in this sink, in fact even advanced divers may find
themselves key holed. Weeki Wachee have their own scuba
operation and they admit groups organized by dive shops.
There is a fee, of just under 50$ (liable to change) but the
trip is worth it. There are water slides and shows on the
menu. Manatees visit this spring in the winter months
Eagle's Nest (aka Lost Sink) is a great spot for it
has a large cave system. The visibility can make this dive
easy, but the sink is an advanced cave dive. It is preferred
to do this dive with a certified experienced instructor or
guide who has done this dive several times before.
Little Salt Springs (aka Little Salt) is a 3 to 170
feet (0.9 to 51 meters) deep and 6 to 40 feet (1 to 12
meters) wide. The visibility is about 30 feet (9 meters).
Lost Forty is a sink with a beautiful cave system.
You can access the cave from the north side of the lake. It
is at a depth of 160 feet with visibility between 15 to 20
feet (4 to 6 meters). The site is home to populations of
Buford Spring one of the famous springs in the area.
It is said to have the second largest cavern system in
Florida. The best time to dive this spring is in the winter