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Authorization to Dive

Volunteer Diving

Diving in Spring Lake 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.

After a diver has completed the Diving for Science course, divers must contact Taylor Heard, the Spring Lake Diving Coordinator, 48 hours in advance of a dive.  Once approved by the diving coordinator, an email will be sent to confirm authorization.  Volunteers must check in at the Ticket Kiosk when they arrive at Spring Lake.  The Ticket Kiosk cashier will look up your dive authorization on a calendar to see what task you have been assigned and have you sign the volunteer diver check-in form.

Once you are signed in, the Lake Maintenance staff will be notified that you are here.

The Meadow Center Diving for Science program is a great way for divers to get to dive in the cleanest and clearest water in Texas and at the same time get to become involved in one of the largest habitat restoration projects in the country.