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Spring Lake Dive Authorization Course

COVID-19 UPDATES: Spring Lake is open to the public in a limited capacity.  Glass-bottom boat tour tickets are available at the Ticket Kiosk. Pre-registration is required for volunteer/open water checkout scuba dives. More information.

Spring Lake Diver

The Spring Lake Management Plan requires that anyone diving in Spring Lake must first take the Spring Lake Dive Authorization course (DAC). This requirement is in place to ensure that all divers are proficient, familiar with our policy, and have a basic understanding of this unique environment.

Scuba 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.

Course Description

  • The course takes place over two days.
  • Academics – Day One
    • The Spring Lake Dive Authorization Course is divided into four academic modules and assessment quizzes that are to be completed by each student prior to the beginning of class.
    • The academic portion of the class is conducted via Zoom two days prior to the diving portion.  The class is approximately 2 hours long and begins at 6:30pm.
  • Diving – Day Two
    • Students will meet at Spring Lake for a diving skills assessment, familiarization with the grounds and a tour of the springs, as well as a demonstration of common volunteer tasks to create and maintain viable habitat in the springs.
    • The diving portion takes place on the dates listed below. This portion is approximately 4 hours long and begins at 1pm.
  • All course materials and related information will be provided after registration.
  • This course is PASS/FAIL. Students must score at least 70% on each of the assessment quizzes and demonstrate that they are competent divers (good buoyancy control and situational awareness) to successfully complete the course and earn a Spring Lake Diving rating.

Course Requirements

  • Show proof of a Full Open Water SCUBA Certification through a major Dive Training Agency (at this time Junior Open Water and Junior Advanced Certifications are not being accepted);

  • Show proof of a minimum of 25 logged dives;

  • Provide all of your own equipment, including tanks and weights.

Course Fee

  • Standard: $285

  • 25% Discount for Dive Instructors and Veterans:  $213

  • 50% Discount for Current Texas State students, faculty, and staff: $142

If fees for the course are to be paid through an organization or department, please inform the Spring Lake Dive Coordinator when inquiring to register.

Course Dates

  • Saturday, October 16 FULLY BOOKED
  • Sunday, October 17 FULLY BOOKED
  • Friday, October 29 FULLY BOOKED
  • Friday, November 12 FULLY BOOKED
  • Saturday, November 13 FULLY BOOKED
  • Sunday, November 14 FULLY BOOKED
  • Saturday, December 11
  • Sunday, December 12
  • Friday, December 17

Registration Details

If you meet the requirements to take the course, please email the Spring Lake Dive Coordinator with the date you would like to attend at

The Spring Lake Diving office hours are Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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