Diepolder II & III

Diepolder III

    The Diepolder caves are on the property of the Sand Hill Boy Scout Camp on Hwy 50 between Brookesville and Weeki Wachee Springs.

   The caves consist of what is known as Diepolder 2 and Diepolder 3.  Very large rooms and extreme depths are encountered, with depths of 360 and 300 feet respectively.  A very interesting article and photo spread appears in the March 1999 issue of National Geographic Magazine.  You must be at least Abe Davis or Wakulla Award rated (meaning at least 100 full cave dives in at least 5 different systems) in order to dive with the guide here. You will have to either provide proof of one of these 'awards' or have a written log book documenting at least 100 cave dives. Due to the extreme depths encountered, these sites are restricted to guided dives conducted through the Florida Speleological Researchers, Inc.  FSR guides include:

 Rob Anderson                          E-Mail:  randerson007(at)alltel.net

 Lloyd Bailey                            E-Mail:  lwb(at)atlantic.net 

 Dustin Clesi                             E-Mail:  steamboat(at)atlantic.net 

 Rick Crawford                         E-Mail:  odincrawford(at)windstream.net

 Greg Flanagan                          E-Mail:  greg(at)gsflaw.com

 Larry Green                            E-Mail:  lgreen(at)atlantic.net

 Bill Main                                 E-Mail:  hogarth(at)gru.net  

 Bill Oestreich                          E-Mail:  bird(at)birdsunderwater.com

 Johnny Richards                      E-Mail:  johnny(at)cavediving.com

 Dale Sweet                               E-Mail: dsweet3(at)tampabay.rr.com

 Alex Warren                            E-Mail:  Warren1(at)tampabay.rr.com 


At a minimum, qualified cave divers interested in diving Diepolder must contact a guide for access, must be full cave certified by NACD or NSS/CDS, demonstrate Abe Davis or Wakulla Award rating or equivalent (100+ full cave dives since full cave certification in at least 5 different systems) must be trimix certified and must be a member of FSR.  Other requirements and restrictions also apply; contact a guide for details."


Click here to see an aerial view
Click here for Diepolder II map A
Click here for Diepolder II map B
Click here to be linked to a great shot of the system by Wes Skiles

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