Diving at Aquarena, for any reason, is complicated by the delicate nature of the environment. Declared a "Critical Habitat" in 1980, Spring Lake is home to eight federally listed species and is governed by the rules and regulations of the Endangered Species Act of 1973. In addition, Spring Lake is registered as an Archaeological site governed by the rules of the state of Texas Antiquities Law. Consequently there is no recreational diving in Spring Lake. In order to Dive in Spring lake the Diving for Science authorization course must be taken.
Once completed divers must contact the Volunteer Coordinator 48 hours in advance of a dive. Once approved an email will be sent to confirm authorization. Volunteers must bring this email confirmation with them to Aquarena the day of their dive and request to see the PIC. The PIC can be found by going to the Gift Shop and asking at the register for the PIC to come and sign the volunteer diver in. The PIC will give Volunteers there assignment unless this has be otherwise specified through the email confirmation.