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    Troy Springs Dive Plan

    Troy Springs Dive Plan

    Troy Springs is a 70 foot deep, first magnitude spring located on the Suwanee River in North Florida.

    GPS Coordinates:
    30°0′21″N 82°59′49″W

    County Road 425
    Branford, Florida 32008

    Phone Number:
    (386) 935-4835

    Opening hours:
    Troy Springs State Park is open from 8:00 am to sundown 365 days a year. Diving hours are from 8am to 5pm. You MUST be in the water and starting your last dive of the day by 4pm, and OUT of the water by 5pm.

    Driving directions from Dayo Scuba Dive Center:
    Troy Springs State Park is approximately 2.5 hours drive time from Dayo Scuba Dive Center.

    · Leave the dive center and turn right (north) on Executive Dr toward Gay Rd
    · Turn left at Gay Road, and then right onto N Orlando Ave/US-17-92
    · Turn right at W Fairbanks Ave/FL-424A/FL-426, and continue to towards I-4, make a left to merge onto I-4 W
    · Take exit 82A to merge onto FL-408 W Toll road
    · Take the exit (you actually merge) onto FL-91/Florida's Turnpike toward Ocala, heading north.
    · The turnpike merges with I-75 North in Wildwood, follow this until you get off on Exit 399 in Alachua, which is after Gainesville.
    · Go right (west) towards High Springs. In High Springs take a left at the stoplight with the Hardees on the right corner.
    · About two blocks, take a right at the stoplight onto Rt 27 west.
    · Go west on rt 27, through Branford and over the Suwanee River, until you get to a sign for Troy Springs (Troy Springs is located on the right).

    Entry Fee:
    Dive fees are $16.00 per person per day (as at March 2010). There is an iron ranger-honor system in place. Stop just inside the park gate, remove a blue envelope, put the appropriate fee inside (cash/cheque only), remove the detachable portion to display on your windscreen, and put the envelope into the iron ranger. If you wish to purchase a yearly pass (best value, as this can be used at ALL state parks in Florida), see the park ranger. This costs $60.00 + tax (cash/cheque/credit card).

    Place your certification card face up and your blue ticket/state park pass on the windscreen where it will be visible to the park rangers.

    Amenities available at Troy Springs:
    · Gear benches and racks
    · Picnic tables
    · Restrooms and changing facilities
    · Riverside dock for canoeists and boaters to access the Suwanee River.

    Diving Troy Springs:

    * All divers must show proof of certification before diving (or be under the supervision of a diving instructor). Dive within your certification level.

    * Dive within your depth limitations, i.e. open water divers are restricted to a depth limit of 60 feet.

    * It is the policy of the Florida Park Service (FPS) to prohibit open water divers from carrying lights in Troy Spring, or entering into the cave system.

    * Solo diving not permitted in Troy Springs State Park, if you do not have a buddy, you may not dive there.

    Divers should gear up at the gear benches. Take only the gear needed on the dive down to the spring itself. Lock all other gear and items in you car, as the park is not responsible for anything lost or stolen. All buddy teams will do a pre-dive check before entering the water and buddy checks before descending. Entry is via the steps, by giant stride or sit down entry. Water level can vary, watch for underlying rocks!

    Troy Springs is quite large, open spring head that drops off from a depth 15 feet around the steps to a maximum of 70 feet. The spring empties into a shallow, wide spring run and then into the Suwanee River. There are a bunch of fallen trees at the deeper section of the sink, which are cool to swim around. The bottom is a mix of rubble, sand and clay. There is a cave at the deepest section, this is a small, tight sidemount entry cave. DO NOT ENTER THE CAVE UNLESS YOU ARE CERTIFIED TO DO SO.

    In the shallow spring run lies the remains of the Confederate steamship Madison. This Civil War-era steamboat was scuttled in the spring run in 1863 to keep it from being captured. Lying is less than ten feet of water, little remains more than some ribs and metal spikes that made up part of the hull.

    Maintain visual contact with your buddy or instructor, and maintain proper buoyancy and to avoid silting the area. Flow from the spring is extremely low, so anything silted up will remain in the water column for a long time. Always give right of way to exiting cave divers. Perform a safety stop at 15 feet/3M after all dives.

    Wildlife you will see here:
    Wildlife you can expect to see when diving in Troy Springs are mullet, sunfish, catfish, small turtles and hogchokers.


    Water temperature and condition:

    Water temperature in Troy Springs is generally 72F year round. A 3mm wetsuit with hooded vest or thicker is recommended, 5mm if you get cold easily.

    The spring head is usually crystal clear, with visibility of more than 100 feet. Sometimes during the year, if the Suwanee River floods, tannic, cold water pours into the spring head ruining the visibility (the park is usually closed to swimmers and divers when this happens).

    Emergency Procedures:

    If anyone becomes low on air, signal your buddy with the appropriate hand signal and begin your ascent. In the rare and unusual case of an out of air situation, signal your buddy and commence sharing air. Maintain buoyancy and ascend slowly, remembering to breathe continuously.

    In the event that you are separated from your buddy follow standard procedure: search for one minute (remember to look up and around, and for bubbles also). If you are unable to find your buddy ascend and meet up on the surface. Your buddy should also be following these procedures.

    If your buddy is not on the surface within three minutes, contact others in your group to find out if he or she has been seen/already exited the water. Air supply allowing, search the area where last seen. If the diver is not found, activate EMS.

    Emergency Contact Information:
    911 - This will activate EMS in the Branford Area

    DAN – 1-919-684-4326

    Always call DAN after 911 in the case of a dive emergency which may require medical attention. DAN will refer you to the closest available Hyperbaric Chamber.

    In case of a Diving emergency:
    The closest Hyperbaric Chamber to Troy Springs is at:

    Shands Hospital at the University of Florida Hospital,
    Gainesville, Florida 32610

    Phone Number: 352-395-0425

    DAN should be called in the case of ANY diving emergency!

    Have a safe and enjoyable dive!
    Last edited by denise; 03-07-2010 at 10:39 PM.
    Denise Byrne
    Marine Biologist/OW, Tech and Cave Instructor
    Orlando, Florida

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