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Old 12-05-2009, 02:13 PM
 
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I'm a scuba diver from washington and may be moving to san antonio area. Is there any diving around there? Or how far would one have to drive to get to good diving? Thanks!
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Old 12-05-2009, 03:39 PM
 
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A drive to Canyon Lake is about 45 minutes. A drive to the Gulf of Mexico is about 2 to 3 hours. I've never scuba dived at either place.
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Old 12-05-2009, 09:44 PM
 
Location: NE San Antonio
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Best diving would be in rivers around San Marcos and New Braunfels, within an hour or so. Also Canyon Lake, but it has pretty low visability. I don't believe diving is allowed at Brauning or Calaveras.

There are some diving sites on the Texas coast, but I'm not familiar with them.

You might also look into hooking up with other SA divers/dive shops for package tours of other Texas spots, like Amistad, or even Mexico.
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Old 12-05-2009, 10:11 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX via San Antonio, TX
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Just with a quick glance it looks like Dive World Scuba Center - San Antonio, TX knows of some good places in the area. They teach SCUBA as well as go on trips.
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Old 12-05-2009, 10:28 PM
 
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Well, you learn something new everyday.
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Old 12-06-2009, 05:16 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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Long ago...when water levels were over the spillway, folks use to dive in Medina Lake up along the Dam. There are legeands of catfish so huge hanging out at the bottom of the dam area that folks practically walked on water trying to get up and out of the water and back to dry land...
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Old 12-06-2009, 10:51 AM
 
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there is a tunnel 3 miles long which connects, upper portions of the san antonio river with the lower area, it was built as to control flood waters in down town. you can get info on the river authority website, I imagine its impossible, impassable, highly dangerous, probably illegal, and would definitely be discourage by any and all public authorities. but you would probably make the news, and at least garner my respect and curiosity. bring a flash light for that one, 150 feet down 3 miles over, 150 feet up, in a 35ft diameter concrete tube! probably some big catfish/mole-people/mutants ect down there. would make for an interesting dive.
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Old 12-07-2009, 09:40 AM
 
Location: Universal City, Texas
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I don't know how old you are but I started a SCUBA club at UT Austin. It was the first SCUBA club on a university campus in the US. The year was 1964. the club is still there. Here is a link.

http://www.utscuba.com/

They do dives at Lake Travis and in Mexico and they also dive in the Carribean. I'm sure you could hook up with them on dives. Tell them Gary sent you.
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Old 12-07-2009, 12:06 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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You can also 'dive for science' at Aquarena Springs in San Marcos. We've taken the glass bottomed boat tours there before, it seems like it would be a cool place to dive!

Cheers! M2
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Old 02-13-2010, 10:36 PM
 
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You can also 'dive for science' at Aquarena Springs in San Marcos. We've taken the glass bottomed boat tours there before, it seems like it would be a cool place to dive!

Cheers! M2
Cool Place to dive, YES!

I just wish the classes were more reasonably priced for the local diver. "Diving for Science Authorization Course $230"

$230 for me and $230 for my wife. $460 for the two of us? And after paying the $460, We are doing "volunteer work" for Aquarena Center? ( I do't mind doing my part for "volunteer work", but paying that much to do the work? Really?)

$460 will buy you some really nice dives in Mexico, Costa Rica or Honduras.

For now, we will do our refresher dives in the Comal just above the tube chute. And yes, we will pick up any trash we can collect during the dive and it won't cost us or you the taxpayer a dime
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