Scuba Diving and Snorkeling in Texas
Texas is not well known for its crystal clear lake water, but that does not discourage the very large and active community of Texas scuba and snorkeling fans. The Lone Star State is known for it’s diversity and the same is true for Texas diving – clear water can be found in natural springs, in any of the seven major rivers, at some of Texas lakes, and in the Gulf of Mexico.
According to Dive Texas, here are the top 10 ways to recognize a Texas Diver:
- Their weight belt has a huge silver buckle
- They wear cowboy boots with their fins cuz “they are broke in”
- They have long horns on their masks
- They wear a shinny bowie knife on their thigh
- Their fin spurs have a star with five points
- They wear Levi 501 button down jeans (with heavy starch) as a wet suit
- They wear straw cowboy hats underwater
- A 30’ lasso is attached to their tank
- Leather gloves dangle from the shoulder straps
- They learned scuba diving to lasso and ride a sea cow
- Dive Texas has great scuba content on events, news, clubs, and other diving resources
Texas Snorkeling and Diving Locations
|Texas Scuba & Diving Locations
|Blue Lagoon, Huntsville, TX
||The site is composed of two lagoons. Three large dive platforms exist in one lagoon and two are in the other. There are a few small boats in the 35' deep lagoons.
|San Solomon Springs, Balmorhea, TX
||The world’s largest spring-fed swimming pool covers almost 2 acres of this 46 acre state park in the West Texas desert - clear cool pool with 80' of horizontal viability
||An old missile silo 130' deep filled with 60 degree crystal clear water is 60 degrees and 60 feet of viability
|South Padre Island
||Dive the Texas Clipper a 473' long World War II trop transport which is 17 miles offshore into 132 feet below the surface or Seana's Rig rick in coral, barnacles, and tine sea life
|Spring Lake, Aquarena Springs
||Clear spring which is home to eight endangered species and as such diving is restricted to research diving only - classes are available for cetification for research diving
||One of the oldest inland scuba diving destinations offers exceptional diving the closer you get to the dam with visibility ranging up to 100 feet & is a popular treasure-hunting site.
|Flower Gardens Banks National Marine Sanctuary
||Dive any of the three banks in the Gulf of Mexico with fully formed coral reefs and spectacular marine life
|Windy Point Park, Lake Travis
||Divers will find boat wrecks and metal sculptures of a scuba diver, a sea turtle, a shark, a manatee and other interesting underwater objects.
|Amistad National Recreation Area
||Considered the most popular dive site is Diablo East Dive Cove, with a dive platform at 40 feet (12 m), two boat wrecks, and a maximum depth of 100 feet at the outer point of the cove
Texas Snorkeling and Diving Information & Resources