Texas Scuba and Snorkeling!

Scuba in TexasTexas 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 Diving and Snorkeling Locations

Balmorhea State Park
More than 15 million gallons of water from the San Solomon Springs which stays at 72 to 76 degrees flow through the pool each day which is up to 25 feet deep, covers 1.75 acres, and holds 3.5 million gallons of water. This is an easy dive for all levels.
Lake Travis
This is a popular spot due to its Central Texas location has visibility of 30 feet max on a good day. You will find destination dives from construction materials from the dam that was built and a permanent line that leads to a series of wrecks ranging from houseboats to sailboats along Wreck Alley.
Spring Lake
One of the clearest places to dive in Texas with more than 200 artesian springs bubbling up to form Spring Lake. This lake is a jewel for divers with many reasons to dive in this 72 degree water from endangered species to the densest population of turtles in the United States.
The Texas Clipper
Off South Padre Island you will find a ship turned into an underwater reef. The ship dive is considered to be for the intermediate to advanced diver as the top of the ship is at 66 feet and the bottom rests at 134 feet.
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.
This PADI certified dive facility is on a spring fed body of water, approximately 50 feet deep with four training platforms at 35 feet plus underwater school buses, cars, and airplanes to explore.
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
8 acre and 35 feet deep with up to 70 feet visibility - dive to a space capsule, triple decker party barge, Lockheed C-140, and more
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
Clear spring which is home to eight endangered species and as such diving is restricted to research diving only - classes are available for certification 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 meters), two boat wrecks, and a maximum depth of 100 feet at the outer point of the cove


Lake AmistadSan Solomon SpringsLake Travis


Texas Snorkeling and Diving Information & Resources

Locate and learn more about all the Texas dive sites
Links and information on Texas Scuba Clubs and more
Dedicated to Texas Scuba Divers in the Lone Star State
A non profit club organized to promote and encourage individual and group interest in scuba diving
Sole objective of helping people relax and have fun scuba diving
Detailed scuba dive site information
A non-profit corporation dedicated to furthering sport diving

City of Houston Underwater Mariners

Social dive club
A non profit scuba diving club in Laredo
Home of the 'Get Wet' club!
FINZ Scuba Club is a non-profit social organization for scuba divers that love scuba diving
Oldest dive club in Texas (established 1958).
Provides diving and diving related social and educational opportunities
One of the oldest and the largest dive clubs in North Texas
University of Texas Club
Database of shipwrecks off the coast of Texas in the Gulf of Mexico
Diving the Flower Gardens Banks National Marine Sanctuary
DiveTexas Texas's Premier SCUBA Web Site
Scuba park that was dreamed up out of the love for scuba diving

Sea Sports Scuba Continue the Adventure

Learn additional skills specific to your interests and then dive where only those with advanced skills can dive


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