SCUBA diving in Spring Lake, for any reason, is complicated due to 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 and is protected by the Antiquities Code of Texas. Consequently there are limits to recreational diving in Spring Lake. The Spring Lake Dive Authorization Course is designed to sensitize divers to the unique environment of Spring Lake and the safety protocols and procedures in place to ensure protection of the environment, cultural resources and diver safety. Upon successful completion of this course, divers are authorized to come back and dive as volunteer divers for the Meadows Center for Water and the Environment.
* If fees for the course are to be paid thru an organization, the Department, the Lead Supervisor, or the Responsible Organization should make the request.
** Texas State students, faculty and staff receive a 50% discount Note: Training will usually take place on weekends; however, it can be conducted during the week as well with a minimum of 4 divers.