Purpose
Check-out dives for student divers.  Exploration for Certified divers.  Fun for everyone!

Location:  
Vortex Spring Dive Resort, 1517 Vortex Spring Ln, Ponce de Leon, FL
Office Phone: (800)342-0640 / (850)836-4979

Directions:  Click Here

Proposed Itinerary (may be subject to change)

Saturday
7:30 am CST - Students meet at Dive Shop to sign in
8:00 am CST - Check in for certified divers / Check out dives begin (Should finish shortly after noon)

All day - Certified divers on your own (we may also match up divers by experience and training levels so everyone can have fun, if you don't have a dive buddy, we will find one for you!)

Feed the Fish and Eels, Cheese whiz and vienna sausages.

We recomend you bring your own dive light to explore the cave similators.

Certified divers - Morrisons Springs, Ponce De Leon, FL is an option for an additional fun dive, cool cavern.

Night Dive - Another great opportunity to continue your skills with a certified Dive Leader if you wish, must supply your own Dive Light.

Sunday
8:00 am CST - Check in / Checkout dives for Students (Should finish before noon)

Certified divers on your own (we may also match up divers by experience and training levels so everyone can have fun, if you don't have a dive buddy, we will find one for you!)

12:00 - 1:00 pm CST - Pack up equipment for pm departure.

On-site Lodging:

Camping – available on-site – it’s primitive, some sites with electric hookup. Call Resort for reservations. Cost is $19.50/site & 2 people, $6 additional charge for extra people, $5 electric hook-up

Cabin Bunks – Four bunk beds (8 sleeping spaces) are available in each Otter Creek Room w/ kitchenette & private bath. Indoor economy comfort - no frills. Notes: Co-ed/heat & AC/clean shower with hot water/ 2 burner stove, microwave, & minifridge. Cost: $20-30 for 1 sleeping space for Fri & Sat (Cost depends upon number in room).

BRING: linens or sleeping bag, bath towel, soap/shampoo, food. Reserve space by calling Dive Educators at 770-967-8885.

Other On-site Cabin/Cottages Available (check Vortex website)– limited availability on-site. Rates between $100-$145/night.

Call Dive Shop to reserve space within our group OR Vortex Spring Office for availability if renting yourself (850)836-4979.

Local Motels:

Ponce De Leon Motor Lodge, 2957 North Highway 81, Ponce de Leon, FL (850) 836-4044

Super 8 Motel, 402 Hugh Adams Road, Defuniak Spring, FL (850) 892-1333

Travelodge, 472 Hugh Adams Road, DeFuniak Springs, FL (850) 892-6115

Americas Best Value Inn, 90 Business Park Rd., DeFuniak Springs, FL (850) 892-3125

Comfort Inn & Suites, 326 Coy Burgess Loop, DeFuniak Springs, FL (850) 951-2225

Best Western, 2343 Freeport Rd, DeFuniak Springs, FL (850) 892-5111

Weather:
Surface Forecast – check with www.intellicast.com for Ponce de Leon, Florida
Water Temperature - 68 degrees F

Site Fees::
Divers - $20 / per day (everybody checks-in under Dive Educators Group & pays this fee)
Non-Divers - $10 / day / unless camping or staying in lodging
Refills - $7 Air $12 Nitrox (bring your C-card)
Lodging – varies, if applicable (see Lodging)

 

Meals:
All meals are on your own, but here are some ideas
Breakfast – bring your own or try Sally’s if staying on resort or nearby. Dollar General has groceries at I-10 (Exit 96)
Lunch – Make sandwiches on-site or Subway located at I-10 (Exit 96)
Dinner – We typically dine at Sally’s Restaurant for dinners. Other options are: 4C BBQ, Subway (all are good)

Bring sodas/bottled water/juice drinks and your own cooler.

Restaurants:
Sally's Restaurant, 1594 Highway 90, Ponce de Leon, FL (850) 836-4403
4c BBQ, 1578 Highway 90, Ponce de Leon, FL (850) 836-2222
Subway, 2951 N Highway 81, Ponce de Leon, FL (850) 836-4052

 

Equipment:
Exposure Suit - 5mm or 7mm recommended, hoods & gloves are optional
Dive Lights – for day & night diving
Camera
Sunscreen
Air & Nitrox Fills available on-site (see Site Fees)
Rental gear – available from Dive Educators at 770-967-8885 or from Resort on-site. Call for rates

GROUP/SITE RULES

TRAVELING SEPARATE, CHECK-IN ONSITE WITH DIVE LEADER
STUDENTS MUST BRING LOGBOOKS
CERTIFIED DIVERS MUST BRING C-CARDS
EVERYONE MUST SIGN A WAIVER OF LIABILITY ON-SITE, THE GROUP WAIVER IS OK
STUDENTS MUST CHECK-IN/OUT OF THE WATER WITH THE DIVEMASTER
NO ALCOHOL ALLOWED ON PREMISES
NO PETS
NO SOLO DIVING

Contacts for Emergency or Additional Trip Information


Vortex Springs Office/website:  (850)836-4979  www.vortexspring.com
Dive Educators:  (770)967-8885   www.diveeducators.com
Doug Lane:  (678)832-8416 Mobile
Lewis McMillan:  (770)608-3805 Mobile